The Middle Ages, time of castles and knights. Bloody sword fights, tough knights and beautiful ladies, they always look beautiful on film. What are the top 10 movies about riding time?
10.The Seven Samurai
In knight movies, we are unwilling to think of stories that play in the European Middle Ages. But Japan also knew a riding time that lasted until the 19th century. Knights are called Japan’s samurai. These warriors later became popular characters in movies. The best movie from the genre is undoubtedly Shichinin no Samurai (1954) by Akira Kurosawa. This movie with a three-hour playing time tells the story of a farm village plundered every year by bandits. One day, they decided to call a group of samurai to seek protection. But because they have little money, the choice will be on some strange guys. The experienced Kambei decides to help the villagers and put together a group of rōnin (samurai without lord). After a difficult start, they prepare the village for the upcoming attack. The legendary battle in the rain is still seen as one of the best action scenes of all time.
9. A Knight’s Tale
Many knight movies search for authenticity. Unlike A Knight’s Tale (2001), which brutally gives a modern twist to known data. William Shield (Heath Ledger) reveals his master died. He decides to participate in a tournament, which he then wins. His colleagues have liked, but William just has the taste and wants more glory. During his adventures a lot of classic rock sounds from Queen and AC / DC.
TOP 10 BEST KNIGHT MOVIES
8. Henry V
Shakespeare wrote his plays about kings when the riding time had already passed. Actor Kenneth Branagh made his debut debut with a filming of Henry V in which he himself plays the title role. In Branagh’s hands, the play becomes a raw knight movie that ends with the muddy Battle of Agincourt.The decisive role of English archers is beautifully depicted here.
7. The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc
The historical story of Jeanne d’Arc plays an important role in France’s history. Director Luc Besson ventured into an ambitious filming in 1999, in which Mila Jovovich plays the lead. The young Jeanne travels to the French court with a divine message for the palace tutor Karel VII. This one is so impressed that he is leading her army. Under her command, they conquer some cities in the English. Jeanne is worn on hand, but wants to get a lot more together.
6. El Cid
El Cid is a real epic from Hollywood’s heyday. The film tells a romanticized version of the life of legendary Spanish nobleman Don Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, better known as El Cid. Charlton Heston plays the kloeke knight who plays a decisive role in the battle against the Moorish rulers. Despite his victories, he often comes into conflict with the royal house. Sophia Loren plays El Cid’s wife in this old-fashioned spectacular movie.
Mel Gibson is a director of historical violence with a lot of blood and chopped body parts. His Braveheart (1995) was a very successful attempt to imagine medieval fighting realistically. Never before had the knights’ arms clatter been so filthy. Gibson has won an Oscar, although the film seems to be full of historical errors. Nevertheless, Braveheart set a new standard for realism in knight movies.
4. Flesh + Blood
After the success of the television series Floris, Paul Verhoeven wanted to make another film about the Middle Ages. In 1985, he succeeded in making an international production of Flesh + Blood. As in Floris, Rutger Hauer plays the lead, this time from Martin, the cynical boss of a gang of commuters. After the city’s intake, the promise is broken that they may plunder for a day. Annoyingly, the gangs flee until they take a castle. What they do not know is that there is a pestlijder in the castle. Verhoeven was unhappy with the film, but the riding time has been completely eliminated from his romantic ideal. An idea that only came after later.
3. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
After winning the absurd television series Monty Phyton, the group of actors decided to make cinematic movies in the same style. With Monty Python and the Holy Grail in 1975, they take ridiculous movies by bizarre recounting the legend of King Arthur. The movie is full of legendary jokes like the fight between Arthur and the Black Knight who does not know whether to quit, even though all his limbs are cut off.
2. The Seventh Stamp
This influential film by Swedish director Ingmar Bergman is a separate knight film. Here you will not see duels or conquests of castles. The knight Antonius (Max von Sydow) is much more a philosopher.After returning from the Crusades, Death is waiting for him. The knight challenges the death of a chess party to stretch his life. Meanwhile Antonius with his cynical shield button Jöns draws through a country where the plague draws ravage and religious fanatism is on the rise.
Kingdom of Heaven
All-time Ridley Scott had long been a knight movie on his name. That was remedied in 2005 with the beautiful Kingdom of Heaven. Orlando Bloom plays the French smith Balian who participates in the Crusades. Once arrived in Jerusalem he gets involved in complicated political games. It does not help Balian to fall in love with the king’s daughter.
TOP 10 BEST KNIGHT MOVIES