The film Jason and the Argonauts premiered in 1963, before the great dividing line of 1965 after which movies started to change for the worse. In 1963 movies were often still made the way they were in the 1950’s with characters, action, and setting done in the old-fashioned way. It is a children’s movie at the same time it is a movie for adults. It is educational at the same time it is thrilling and full of action as you watch Jason, the Argo, his crew, and the Princess Medea from Colchis recover the Golden Fleece from the ends of the world and bring it back to Greece. You have the hints of special effects that were later to take over movies starting with Star Wars in 1975, but they are kept in their place and add to the action instead of taking over. The figurehead of the Argo is the Queen of the Gods, Hera. She opens her eyes and talks in a whispery voice to Jason. It is enough to make you think that Greek mythology is real.
There is more to come in part 2 of this movie review tomorrow night. Watching Jason and the Argonauts creates the perfect background for reading Medea’s Escape, the Christmas Kindle Countdown Special offered by Cheops Books LLC this week for only $.99.

 

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Reminder: Medea’s Escape On Kindle Countdown Deal Over Christmas:

The young adult mythological novel, Medea’s Escape, is now available during the Christmas holidays for onl $.99 on Amazon Kindle. It is the Cheops Books LLC Christmas special, which has never been offered before. Find out how the Princess Medea escapes from Colchis on the Black Sea with the Golden Fleece and her new love, Jason, from Greece all while you try out your new Christmas Kindle or other reading device.
This is not your usual evil Medea as presented by the Greek dramatist, Euripides, who later kills her children just to spite the faithless Jason. And Medea’s Escape does not present the faithless, philandering Jason. This version of the tale is based on the later Hellenistic version of the tale by Apollonius of Rhodes who wrote the Argonautica, which is also the basis for the one-time Harryhausen Hollywood movie from 1963. It is a happier tale with a happier ending full of mood, atmosphere, and setting — and certainly more young adult. Back in ancient times there was no one correct version of a myth. Writers made up their own. So I am following in this tradition two thousand five hundred years later.

 

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