This film was a perfect example of the modern (apparent) self-flagellation of western culture and made sure I'll never watch anything by Ridley Scott again unless it is to tear it apart. These "progressive" shits who want nothing else but getting fucked by anything foreign in the name of open-arsedness can get lost.
I also recommend Kingdom of Heaven. More modern ones that I really like include Braveheart and the first Elizabeth. Some classic examples that I'd recommend include the Charlton Heston moviesEl Cid and The Agony and the Ecstasy.There's an unofficial trilogy of swashbuckler films starring Robert Taylor that includesIvanhoe, Knights of the Round Table, andQuentin Durward. All of which I recommend;they're excellent. For something a bit more thoughtful, I would recommend The Lion in Winter and A Man for All Seasons. And no list is complete without a Robin Hood movie. My favorites are the Errol Flynn and the Kevin Costner versions.
Good list, but Elizabeth, A Man for All Seasons and The Agony and the Ecstasy are not set in the Middle Ages.
For quality films I would choose two dir: Ingmar Bergman: The Virgin Spring (1960) The Seventh Seal (1957)
Andrei Rublev (1966)dir: Andrei Tarkovsky Marketa Lazarová (1967) dir: Frantisek Vlácil
More commercial, but accurate in many respects: The War Lord (1957) dir: Franklin J. Schaffner
Plus a choice of Shakespeare histories. My favorites are: Richard III dir: Laurence Olivier Chimes at Midnight (1965) dir: Orson Welles Macbeth (1971) dir: Roman Polanski though all are wildly inaccurate historically. Ivan the Terrible, Part I (1944) dir: Sergei M. Eisenstein Knights of the Teutonic Order (1960) dir: Aleksander Ford Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan (2007) dir: Sergei Bodrov
Three Kingdoms (2010) Ninety-five 40-minute TV episodes, and still leaves a lot of the stories and characters out, but the best treatment of the Three Kingdoms saga. Available on YouTube.
Seven Samurai (1954) dir: Akira Kurosawa Ran (1985) dir: Akira Kurosawa Kagemusha (1980) dir: Akira Kurosawa Miyamoto Musashi (1954) dir: Hiroshi Inagaki (first of a trilogy)
Plus a whole host of Chinese, Japanese and Korean mediaeval stories. I have seen some very good, some less so. I will leave it to our Asian films experts to recommend some.
Post by Jep Gambardella on Jan 27, 2022 10:46:21 GMT
Has anybody mentioned Paul Verhoeven’s Flesh and Blood yet? I don’t remember much about the plot, but I do remember that it was very gritty and brutal, like I imagine the Middle Ages in Europe were. Definitely not sanitized for present-day audiences.
Ridley Scott’s recent The Last Duel is pretty good too.
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Oops! I see that Flesh and Blood had already been mentioned.
"Black Death" (2010) is something of a sleeper but I thought it was excellent. Sean Bean (we all know what happens to Sean Bean in everything he appears in) is the star and there is an early major role for Eddie Redmayne.