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More medieval films than you’d think?

Posted: Thu Apr 24, 2008 9:14 pm
by Simon Atford
Watching some of the films shown as part of BBC4’s Medieval Season it occurred to me that more good films have been made set in the medieval period than I’d thought.

Last week they showed The Name of the Rose and also Becket with Richard Burton and Peter O’Toole which I wasn’t previously familiar with but was very good for it’s time (1960s).

Next week they’ve got The Hour of the Pig (Monday 28th April) and EL Cid with the late, great Charlton Heston (Wednesday 30th April).

I found it interesting that when I’d previously thought about medieval feature films I’d thought that (a) there haven’t been many made (compared to films set in other historical periods and that (b) most that have been made tend to be a tad disappointing (to say the least).

Any thoughts :?:

Posted: Sat Apr 26, 2008 3:44 pm
by auldMotherBegg
Are you counting films like 'The Knight's Tale', or 'Robin Hood' (any version), or all the old B&W 1940's 'medieval' films where the costumes and clothes are pure Hollywood, as well?

Then yes, there's lots! :lol:

Posted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 10:13 am
by Simon Atford
Thing is whilst Knights Tale isn't accurate it is entertaining and same applies to some of the classic 1930s/40s Hollywood films such as the Errol Flynn starring Robin Hood.

Unfortunatly when many people think of medieval films and espechally recent medieval films they tend to think of Braveheart :roll:

Posted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 10:19 am
by Andysmith
Did you see Kris Marshall in 'The Heist' last night? Very entertaining. Bad news about his accident though...get well soon Kris!

Posted: Sun May 18, 2008 12:13 am
by uruloki
OK, being into le film I have attempted to come up with a list of medieval (and a couple slightly earlier or later) off the top of my head, in no particular order accept for the fantasy films which are last (even though accuracy-wise most are fantasy), and only including those made after the 60's (P.S. some of the titles I only know in French coz I got the DVDs cheap over the sees):

Braveheart
Robin Hood Prince of thieves
Robin Hood Men in Tights (lol)
Martin Guerre
The Lion in Winter
A man for all seasons
The Warlord
Kingdom of Heaven
Excalibur
The decameron
King Arthur
The name of the rose
Jacquou le Croquant
Hamlet (and loads of other shakespeares which I won't bother to mention)
Les Rois Maudits
Flesh and Blood
Tristan and Isolde
Camelot
Timeline
The 13th Warrior
Willow
Pathfinder
Legend
Monty Python and The Holy Grail (wehey!)
Knight's Tale
Ever After
The Princess Bride
L'anneau Sacre
Dungeons and Dragons
Dragonheart (and sequel)

OK really sorry, I just couldn't keep strict with the era but a decent enough amount of pre-tudor films for you. If I've missed any good ones let me know. And for anyone into plots 1600-1800 then thats really my area of expertise :-)

Posted: Mon May 19, 2008 11:13 am
by Andysmith
Now, you can't miss out 'El Cid'...after watching that film as a kid I strapped meself to me bike, closed my eyes and got me mate to push me hard down the street...I fell off, of course.