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The glasses are generally referred to as "Half-rim glasses", "Brow-line glasses" (or more colloquially "Eyebrow glasses"). They were indeed appropriate to the period. You can see Ronnie Kray wearing them in the photo below from the early 1960s.


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Resources: Many accessible US locations are good dupes for European battlefields. It's more difficult to recreate tropical island fights or big naval battles believably and cheaply. Bias: There are fewer established Japanese actors who studios would trust as a big draw to a historical movie. Thematic content: Americans like to see themselves beating up ...


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Not really. The film's writer Peter Morgan admitted he made that part up. The way Niki met his wife was not in the way I showed it, but I said [to them], “Does it truthfully represent the nature of your relationships, the atmosphere and the vibes between you?” And they both signed off on it. It helped that Morgan's wife is Austrian and actually knew ...


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Yes. It is even believed that the Coliseum in Rome was filled with water at times to re-enact sea battles. From the Wiki: The Colosseum could hold, it is estimated, between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators, having an average audience of some 65,000; it was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, ...


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There's no direct connection Ragnar from "The Last Kingdom" is Ragnar Ravnson. Ravn (The blind man Uhtred meets after being captured) being his father. He and his father Ravn (along with his sons, Ragnar Ragnarson and Rorik Ragnarson, and his daughter Thyra Ragnarsdottir) are fictional characters who are not claimed to be in any way related to Ragnar ...


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Okay, I did some generic research, but I can't guarantee my conclusion is correct. First of all in Paris there were around 2.3 million people in 1975. Slightly less in 1964-1967, but I can't find specific numbers. During the same period (1960) there were 2% Muslims (in a very broad definition of Muslim) in France. The non Muslim black community would have ...


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You are 100% correct. According to this excellent article on Kotaku, pretty much everything most people assume about ninjas—black pajamas, throwing stars, swords, etc…—is utter nonsense. The traditional role that grew to be known as a “ninja” was simply that of a spy. As Matt Alt—co-author of the book Ninja Attack—explains: A 15th century ninja would ...


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It is definitely possible. This type of weapon was widely used on the Western front in the later stages of the war. American soldiers had nothing like it, and it gave the Germans a big advantage over the Americans and British in any kind of close range situation. As a captured trophy weapon it would have been highly prized. Normally soldiers do not use ...


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The closest you're going to get is an interview with actress Alexandra Lara, who portrayed Marlene Lauda in the movie: Did you know, or find out if the scene in the car with the Italians actually happened to Niki and Marlene? They met after that party at Curd Jürgens house, and I don’t know exactly to be honest if the hitchhiking, if that moment ...


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One of these weapons made the news a few years back it was surmised it had been captured after killing the bloke holding it. Handed in for a weapons scheme. The article explains a similar theory to yours. Here is a purported picture of an allied solider with one. There is short piece titled Gun News that speaks of these weapons being captured by Americans. ...


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Bone Tomahawk is an original, fictional story, screen-written by the same guy directing it: Screenwriter S. Craig Zahler (“The Brigands of Rattleborge”) is set to make his feature directorial debut with Caliber Media Co.’s horror Western “Bone Tomahawk,” which will star Kurt Russell, Peter Sarsgaard, Richard Jenkins and Jennifer Carpenter. The ...


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In Serbia Saint George's day or Đurđevdan is a very important day for Serbian Romani. It is an Orthodox religious holiday. This holiday celebrates the return of springtime and is considered the most important. The Romani will decorate their homes with flowers and wash their hands with water from a church well. Lamb is traditionally cooked on this day and ...


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There were more Africans in Rome that most people probably imagine. In fact many Africans became emperors, writers, philosophers, entertainers, generals, popes and of course gladiators. In antiquity black or dark-skinned individuals from Africa were known as "Aethiops" a Greek term meaning "black". It is the term from which Ethiopia, a modern African ...


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The glasses Tom Hardy wears in the film are French Amor Browline Glasses. I have a pair of these myself and they are exactly the same as the ones in the film 'Legend'.


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It is true. However, the movie is set in 48 BC not 206 AD, because Cusack mentions that he served under Marcus Licinius Crassus(115-53 BC) and his two sons. Crassus and Publius died at Carrhae and Crassus Jr.died in 49 BC. Movie is set one year later. This battle between Romans and Huns in this movie is a reference to a later military action between Romans ...


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Ethiopian gladiators did exist but constituted a small minority. They generally fought as retiarius (trident and net). There really was a gladiator named Oenomaus who was one of the leaders in Spartacus' slave army but he was not black. He was a Gaul.



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