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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

IMAX: Greece - Secrets of the Past DVD


As a world history teacher, I am always on the lookout for new materials that I could use in class. I did not see this 2006 movie on IMAX where the grand sweeping scenery shots would have been very effective and probably would have distracted me from the scarcity of detail. But, watching it with on a little color TV in my dining room (which would be a similar scale that the students in the back of my class would experience) the amazing pictures just did not cover up the lack of actual information.

I did the math once and noted that I had about 5,000 minutes of class time to cover 5,000 years of recorded history. I keep that fact in mind when I am looking at movies that I could use in class. This movie is very beautiful and enthusiastic but just does not cut the mustard for classroom use. Instead, I recommend Greece: A Moment of Excellence in the 4 DVD set Time Life's Lost Civilizations. Certainly, the set costs more than this one DVD but it includes 10 movies in total.

I rated this film 3 stars out of 5.

Reviewed June 28, 2010.

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