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I saw the film when it first came out in NYC and loved Weisz' performance as Hypatia. Amenabar distorts some history in service to his art (neither Hypatia nor the Great Library ended the way depicted and Synesius wasn't a jerk), but that's what artists do. I don't go to the movies for history. For people who want to know more about the historical Hypatia, I highly recommend a very readable biography "Hypatia of Alexandria" by Maria Dzielska (Harvard University Press, 1995.) Dzielska looks closely at the "literary legend" of Hypatia (which was the basis for Carl Sagan's comments), and provides a good background and analysis of the primary sources. I also have a series of posts on the historical events and characters in the film at my blog (http://faithljustice.wordpress.com) - not a movie review, just a "reel vs. real" discussion.
An artist who twists the truth is a liar. Especially when the movie has been clearly presented as historically accurate and even the Vatican was said to have given its seal of approval! Amenabar is an atheist and distorted History in order to further his atheistic agenda. This is called dishonesty, not art. The scene in which Hypatia hands a handkerchief with her menstrual blood is repulsive and unnecessary. We stopped the movie right there—and we love Weisz as an actress. One can find (real) Historical data here: http://www.johnsanidopoulos.com/2010/02/historical-inaccuracies-of-movie-agora.html