Books and Movies Reviews

Helen of Troy

In modern cinema, a realistic reproduction of a historic time period is uncommon.Movie set designers strive to create sets and scenes to visually stimulate the viewer, and often times historical aspects of the period are completely disregarded.While watching the film, Helen of Troy, directed by Robert Wise (1956), I was surprised to see many artifacts and architectural aspects that were characteristic of Classical Greek Style.I will discuss three key scenes where the interiors were prominent in style and architecture.
Situated in the hills of the Greek coast, the city of Troy was prosperous because of its location near the sea.While most of the population lived inside the city’s famous impenetrable walls, others lived on the outskirts near the coast.Paris and Helenfirst meet as he is washed to shore after falling off the sternum of a ship.She helps carry him to the small hut of her childhood nurse.These small villages of huts were constructed with wattle and daub style, and also had thatched roofs.The huts were made waterproof by using a framework of woven rods and twigs covered and plastered with clay.Decorations inside the hut were scarce, but there was a single piece of pottery with a painted scene shown on the ground of the hut.It was very similar to the picture of this pot on the left.The pot had two handles and when used it carried water.The only other items on display were tools and everyday objects such as a kettle pot used to boil water and a sword on the wall, contradicting the decoration of a palace.
After Paris leaves the hut he travels to the Palace of Sparta, where he converses with Menelaus, husband of Helen.In contrast to the huts, this marble palace is extravagant and provides many great examples of Greek Architecture.The palace was supported by columns, both Doric and Ionic capitols. However, the bulging of the Doric shaft, also known as entasis, was different th