Films at the Frist Presents: The 300

What: Free Screening of The 300
When: Friday, March 12th at 7pm
Where: The auditorium at The Frist Center

The 300 is an epic movie. Not epic in the way Australia is or Gone with the Wind is, but epic in the sense that it’s really bad ass. I’ve never actually seen the whole movie, only the end, but it’s visually stunning, has a lot of really buff dudes, and has some intense fight scenes. I’m pretty sure I saw a dude get sliced right in half at one point, but I can’t be sure.

If you’re wondering why an art museum would be holding a free screening of The 300 you’re probably not alone. Right now at the Frist there’s an exhibit called Heroes, which features over 100 objects that represent Greek heroes (something I know way too much about for me to ever be considered cool). This is actually the 3rd of a 4 part film series being put on by the Frist. They’ve already shown Superman and Helen of Troy, and the next film will be To Kill a Mockingbird, one of my personal favorite movies.

About the movie:
This American action film based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel by the same title is a fictional retelling of the Battle of Thermopylae that took place in 480 BCE. Through larger-than-life scenes, 300 depicts the heroic and borderline impetuous Spartan Army and their struggle to preserve freedom and democracy. Led by King Leonidas, the Spartan’s small army of three hundred launches a battle against the much larger Persian military. Despite knowing their fate, the Greeks, who are joined by seven hundred Thespians, stand against the Persians for as long as they can in order to give the rest of Greece more time to prepare for the invasion. Starring: Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, Dominic West, and Rodrigo Santoro. Directed by Zack Snyder, 2007. 117 minutes. 35mm. Rated R.


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