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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse19 Oct 2019 3:03 p.m. PST

"Seeing as I have a website all about medieval things you probably can imagine that I am a big fan of medieval movies. You would be right. Here are a whole bunch of great medieval movies along with my reviews and thoughts about them.When we say "medival" we are being rather vague. That word does cover a whole lot of territory. For the most part I am going to stick to movies with knights and castles. And well…. maybe the occasional dragon. My goal here is to give you a nice selection of some of the best movies that are set in the medieval period. They range from close to historically accurate to outright fantasy…"
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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse19 Oct 2019 3:04 p.m. PST

"Seeing as I have a website all about medieval things you probably can imagine that I am a big fan of medieval movies. You would be right. Here are a whole bunch of great medieval movies along with my reviews and thoughts about them.When we say "medival" we are being rather vague. That word does cover a whole lot of territory. For the most part I am going to stick to movies with knights and castles. And well…. maybe the occasional dragon. My goal here is to give you a nice selection of some of the best movies that are set in the medieval period. They range from close to historically accurate to outright fantasy…"
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Amicalement
Armand

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP19 Oct 2019 7:27 p.m. PST

Not sure I agree with all of your choices. Two needed are "Ivanhoe" and "The Warlord."

Personal logo brass1 Supporting Member of TMP19 Oct 2019 10:25 p.m. PST

Braveheart? "one of the best medieval movies"? If there is a single historically accurate scene in the movie I have yet to find it.

First Knight is infinitely worse. King Arthur would be spinning in his grave, assuming that he actually existed and was buried in a grave.

King Arthur: a tiny band of Sarmatian "slave soldiers" head north of Hadrian's Wall on a rescue mission under orders from the Pope(?) where they meet a princess of the "Woads" who gives them a hand. I was quite taken by the fact that every Sarmatian was a standard-bearer of some sort.

I could go on but what's the point?

LT

Redcurrant20 Oct 2019 12:33 a.m. PST

Some intresting choices.

Braveheart was so factually inaccurate as to be almost a fantasy film – very doubtful it will ever be regarded as a classic. It is more likely to be put alongside those awful 'sword and sandals' films done by the Italians in the 50s and 60s.

Agree with comments on the 'Arthur' films

No mention of El Cid, with Heston at his finest.

Henry V – the Branagh version looks far more accurate than the Olivier one. Although to be fair Olivier's was made in 1944.

Major Mike20 Oct 2019 6:37 a.m. PST

No mention of The Vikings with Kirk Douglass, I always liked the castle attack scene in it. Given some of his other choices, I'm surprised he didn't list Timeline or A Knight's Tale.

Roderick Robertson Fezian20 Oct 2019 8:23 a.m. PST

The Sarmatian "King Arthur" was, in one form, simply a retelling of the Magnificent seven. You can even map the roles between the two films.

Personal logo brass1 Supporting Member of TMP20 Oct 2019 8:57 a.m. PST

The Sarmatian "King Arthur" was, in one form, simply a retelling of the Magnificent seven. You can even map the roles between the two films.

I admit that I never thought about it that way. Of course, The Magnificent Seven was a good movie, as was The Seven Samurai on which it was based. King Arthur, on the other hand, was a very bad movie that wasn't quite horrible enough to be funny.

LT

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse20 Oct 2019 2:29 p.m. PST

Glup!….


Amicalement
Armand

Personal logo Dan Cyr Supporting Member of TMP20 Oct 2019 7:13 p.m. PST

Warlord is the best.

Dan

USAFpilot21 Oct 2019 6:34 p.m. PST

I really like the first three on the list: Excalibur, The Name of the Rose, and The Seventh Seal.

I like the character of the knight's squire in Seventh Seal. There is a scene in which he is chatting with a man painting a scene of the crusades and the squire says ‘the crusades were so stupid only an idealist could have created them.'; and they both laugh. At least that is how I remember after a decade or so.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse22 Oct 2019 10:30 a.m. PST

Agree with you!.

Amicalement
Armand

Historydude1812 Nov 2019 8:25 p.m. PST

I love Braveheart despite it's historical errors, of which there are a lot. It got me interested in the Medieval period, and it is the reason why the Scottish Wars of independence are my favorite of all Medieval wars. I also love Outlaw King which is more historically accurate than Braveheart although I wish it had showed Bannockburn.

Thomas Thomas26 Nov 2019 11:11 a.m. PST

Some odd choices.

But we all have our affectionate weak points (mine is Sword of Lancelot).

Always amused when the costuming in Branagh film is cited as "more accurate" than the 1944 version. Actually its quite the opposite. Armor is excellent in the 1944 version based on actual funeral effigies and much research. Branagh is typical Hollywood (which has trouble distinguishing the dark ages from middle ages) – no one for instance wears a helm.

TomT

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