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Forgotten Cinema: Master and Commander - The Far Side of the World


Mike Field and Mike Butler report for duty on the HMS Surprise, with Captain Jack Aubrey at the helm, as he travels the world in pursuit of the Archeron, a vessel supplying England's enemy, the French, during the Napoleonic Wars.


That's right, it's time for the Peter Weir directed Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World, starring Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany.


Join the Mikes as they gush about this film - from the dialogue to the time given to each character and their relationships, the use of practical model work, sets, and filming on real ships that give the film an authentic feel, the creation of shot set-ups, and the actors preparation for their roles; from ship and rope work to...violin training?They even talk about the source material - the Aubrey-Maturin series of novels by Patrick O'Brian.


But seriously...this film was up for 10 Academy Awards. If you haven't seen it, go watch it and if you already have, well then, watch it again.


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