Focused on the story of Alexander the Great from his childhood to his ascension to the Macedonian throne, Alexander at Oliver Stone it received a poor reception from critics and audiences when it was released in 2004. However, over the years the director has been able to remedy the failure with a series of extended versions.
After the "Director's Cut", the "Final Cut" published respectively in 2005 and 2007 together with the home video editions of the film, in 2013 the "Alexander: The Ultimate Cut", or what we can define as the definitive version of the epic film. But what are the main differences?
With about 30 minutes longer than the original film, Alexander: The Ultimate Cut first and foremost put aside the linear narrative: Instead of telling the story from Alexander the Great's childhood until his death, the film opens with the battle of Gaugamela and continues moving back and forth in time.
If in the film version the bisexuality of the protagonist is underlined in large part by the eager glances between him and his best friend Hephaestion (Jared Leto), in the Ultimate Cut this aspect is also explored through some scenes of homosexual love between Alexander and the slave named Bagoa. Within the Ultimate Cut, the love affair between Alexander and Hephaestion: when the latter succumbs to the disease, in fact, the King of Macedon dies shortly after while observing the ring that Hephaestion has given him.
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