Too long, because the pacing is not exactly brisk and the whole thing runs over three hours, and it feels like it. Evocative as well as impressive musical score by the classic Miklos Rozsa , though it wasn't until viewing the finished film at the premiere that he discovered that roughly 20% of his score had been eliminated and he didn't do another score for producer Samuel Bronston. If the sound of horse hoof-beats does something for you, you will love this movie. He asks that Ximena be given to him as his wife upon his return, so that he can provide for her. Early on he is forced to kill his fiancé's father as a matter of family honor, thus earning the enmity of his fiancé, who nonetheless cannot stop loving him, however hard she tries.
Well, still, I gave it four stars. In her final scenes, the teardrop dancing on her right eyelid is so huge, black and luminous it begins to look like a second pupil. The film had its World Premiere at the Metropole Theatre, Victoria, London on December 6, 1961. When he kills her father as a matter of honor, she vows vengeance and sets in motion the series of events which will forever change their lives. The ensuing duel is brutal with a predictable, but decisive outcome. The story is an excellent one because Diaz was such a fine character from the annals of Spanish history, uniting the sulking Christian kings of Spain whilst simultaneously lifting the people of the streets off their knees and getting them to believe in the cause. Frankly, because of that factor alone, I would have preferred not watching it at all - had I not wished to complement the film I had watched the day before i.
I saw this movie when I was only 17, and it was an inspiration to me. Could I still love her? Ximena secretly listens to the edict, and her love for him is rekindled. In terms of the greatness, the mission and the struggles of the human spirit, this one's a keeper. After all, every masterpiece deserves a decent frame. To my mind, El Cid is the greatest movie ever made.
Again, I had to watch it in two sessions to get through the whole thing. When Rodrigo Charlton Heston asks the leper how he knew it was him the leper replies that it could only be El Cid who would offer a drink of water to a leper. The Cid's horse, Babieca, followed by the column of mounted knights, tramples Ben Yusuf, who is too terrified to fight. Cid vanquished to Moors in Cuarte, Bairen and Valencia that lost and retrieves. If you play knights of the Round Table you can cut yourself, mind you. The last time I did, it was in a theater running the re-release of the supposedly remastered film and soundtrack. There's a lot to cry about.
Directed by Anthony Mann with reverence to the best elements of the genre, shot on location in Spain, the mammoth production stars perfectly-cast Charlton Heston as Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, a warrior held in such respect by both friend and foe, that he is nicknamed 'El Cid' The Man. The two kings watch from either side. As a result, civil war breaks out but before things get really awful, the devious Urraca arranges for Sancho to be assassinated. The Cid , the very embodiment of the chivalrous knight. Wait, what happened to all that stuff that was going on ten years ago? Over 30,000 costumes were made for this movie and General Franco donated the Spanish army to fill them.
He didn't desperately take Valencia in a noble quest to save Spain, he did it to gain a principality for himself. Rozsa's organ music swells as El Cid rides into the sunset along the deserted beach and into immortality. I always feel a lump in my throat and feel my eyes go hot and prickly during this scene! And as for those closing seconds, whilst intimations of legend take wing upon the thunderous organ coda of Miklos Rosza's finest score. The movie is very spectacular , it's an excellent film , fitting to historical deeds. Still many people have put it down as a folly with no real depth or substance, and others for its historical inaccuracy. It made me love Spain, its people and its history, and learn Spanish. The setting is 11th century Spain, which was nominally Christian but also had a large Moorish i.
Today you will never get that in a film: too costly and too complicate to coordinate. What I also had no clue about was that within my own lifetime, my country, and indeed the world, would be fighting radical Islam which Spain had been conquered by and subjected to for 400 years! Anthony Mann directed the film and it features a large ensemble cast. There is one grim face-off after another, escalating in gravity, in which the hero proves that he is growing into his own heroism, through every choice he makes. As a movie El Cid grows on you. The leper thanks him and calls him 'El Cid'. This whole sub-plot was, by far, the best part of the movie. When Sancho decides he wants all or nothing, he arrests Alfonso and sends him to prison, but El Cid rescues him, believing it morally wrong.
El Cid fought in North Africa in the 11th century. Rodrigo then repels the invading army of Ben Yusuf, but in battle is struck by an arrow before the final victory. The Spanish Moors join with the Cid to take the city of Valencia where the enemy will attack. Charlton Heston is Rodrigo de Bivar, and Sophia Loren is his legendary love, Chimene. El Cid was shot mostly on location in Spain but a few studio scenes were shot in Rome, to achieve co-production status. The story is also of exceptional quality, the cinematography and scenery are magnificent and Miklos Rosza's score is superlative. It has the same grim beauty and power and inexorability, the same insistence on throwing whatever is divine in naked human character up against the impossible demands of earthly life.