Sometimes Hollywood gets it right when it depicts the ancient world, and sometimes it gets it wrong, very, very wrong. Leave it to the University of Chicago to follow-up classic movie screenings with critiques by experts from the Oriental Institute who comment, not on the quality of the movies, but the accuracy of how the ancient world is portrayed.
The Hollywood Pictures the Past Special Films Series at The Oriental Institute is only $3 and you might learn something on a Sunday afternoon without really trying.
April 15: The Ten Commandments (1923 Silent Film) 137 min. The program starts at 2pm.
April 22: The Egyptian (1954) 139 min. The program starts at 2pm.
April 29: Troy (2004) 163 min. The program starts at 2pm.
The University of Chicago, Oriental Institute, 1155 East 58th Street, Chicago.