History Film / ElCid

12th Feb '17 11:29:04 AM JulianLapostat
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The movie ''El Cid'' is an adaptation of the medieval legend of Don Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar, a.k.a. El Cid. The real Rodrigo Diaz seems to have been a very successful soldier of fortune who served both Christian and Muslim kings without distinction in eleventh century Spain, eventually leveraging his military skill into a fiefdom in the then-mostly Arab/Berber city of Valencia. After centuries of multiple authors retelling the tale he became the Muslim slaying hero of the Reconquista. In this version Rodrigo is a multi-culturalist, working for a union of Christians and Spanish Moors against an invasion by ferocious Berbers.

As per the source material Rodrigo Diaz's (Creator/CharltonHeston) life gets complicated after he kills his girlfriend's father in an informal duel. Needless to say Jimena (Creator/SophiaLoren) takes this badly. In accordance with the best medieval ideals of vendetta she makes an earnest effort to have Rodrigo killed. As Rodrigo is now the King's champion, replacing Jimena's dad, his majesty takes exception to this and thinks its a fine idea to make the couple marry after all.

Jimena chooses the wedding night to confess that she was party to an underhanded attempt to murder Rodrigo. Hurt but understanding he makes no attempt to consummate the marriage. This does nothing to help Jimena's state of mind as she is deeply in love with her husband, father killer or no.

Meanwhile King Ferdinand dies leaving his kingdom to be divided between his two sons. The elder, Sancho (Gary Raymond), says to hell with that and attacks his younger sibling Alfonso (John Fraser), who is supported by their slinky blond sister Princess Urracca (Genevieve Page). Rodrigo sides with Sancho, because he is his friend. But Sancho is murdered at the behest of Urracca and the King's Champion publicly forces Alfonso to swear he had NOTHING to do with it. Needless to say this goes over like a ton of bricks with Alfonso and Urracca who promptly exile Rodrigo.

This prompts Jimena to resolve her conflict (to hell with vengeance, Dad- it was a fair fight, and ''you'' started it!) and follow Rodrigo. They are dreaming happily of a humble life together in some remote valley when the appearance of his entire fief and just about every officer who ever served with him puts an end to that. The lot of them then set out to fight the Berber horde on behalf of Rodrigo's friend the Emir Moutamin (Douglas Wilmer).

Alfonso, back in Castille, busies himself by doing everything possible to make Rodrigo's life harder, including capturing and imprisoning Jimena and their twin daughters. Ordonez (Raf Vallone), Jimena's old admirer and Rodrigo's bitter enemy and attempted murderer, atones by helping Jimena and her children escape. Alfonso sees the light and throws off Urracca's evil influence and rides to join the Cid, dying of his wounds, for the final battle against the Berbers.

The movie ends with a CrowningMomentOfAwesome in which Rodrigo's dead body, tied onto his horse, leads the victorious charge and then gallops off into the sunset (literally).

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The movie ''El Cid'' Cid'', directed by Creator/AnthonyMann, is an adaptation of the medieval legend of Don Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar, a.k.a. El Cid. The real Rodrigo Diaz seems to have been a very successful soldier of fortune who served both Christian and Muslim kings without distinction in eleventh century Spain, eventually leveraging his military skill into a fiefdom in the then-mostly Arab/Berber city of Valencia. After centuries of multiple authors retelling the tale he became the Muslim slaying hero of the Reconquista. In this version Rodrigo is a multi-culturalist, working for a union of Christians and Spanish Moors against an invasion by ferocious Berbers.

As per the source material Rodrigo Diaz's (Creator/CharltonHeston) life gets complicated after he kills his girlfriend's father in an informal duel. Needless to say Jimena (Creator/SophiaLoren) takes this badly. In accordance with the best medieval ideals of vendetta she makes an earnest effort to have Rodrigo killed. As Rodrigo is now the King's champion, replacing Jimena's dad, his majesty takes exception to this and thinks its a fine idea to make the couple marry after all.

all. Jimena chooses the wedding night to confess that she was party to an underhanded attempt to murder Rodrigo. Hurt but understanding he makes no attempt to consummate the marriage. This does nothing to help Jimena's state of mind as she is deeply in love with her husband, father killer or no.

no. Meanwhile King Ferdinand dies leaving his kingdom to be divided between his two sons. The elder, Sancho (Gary Raymond), says to hell with that and attacks his younger sibling Alfonso (John Fraser), who is supported by their slinky blond sister Princess Urracca (Genevieve Page). Rodrigo sides with Sancho, because he is his friend. But Sancho is murdered at the behest of Urracca and the King's Champion publicly forces Alfonso to swear he had NOTHING to do with it. Needless to say this goes over like a ton of bricks with Alfonso and Urracca who promptly exile Rodrigo.

Rodrigo. This prompts Jimena to resolve her conflict (to hell with vengeance, Dad- it was a fair fight, and ''you'' started it!) and follow Rodrigo. They are dreaming happily of a humble life together in some remote valley when the appearance of his entire fief and just about every officer who ever served with him puts an end to that. The lot of them then set out to fight the Berber horde on behalf of Rodrigo's friend the Emir Moutamin (Douglas Wilmer).

Wilmer). Alfonso, back in Castille, busies himself by doing everything possible to make Rodrigo's life harder, including capturing and imprisoning Jimena and their twin daughters. Ordonez (Raf Vallone), Jimena's old admirer and Rodrigo's bitter enemy and attempted murderer, atones by helping Jimena and her children escape. Alfonso sees the light and throws off Urracca's evil influence and rides to join the Cid, dying of his wounds, for the final battle against the Berbers.

The movie ends with a CrowningMomentOfAwesome DyingMomentOfAwesome in which Rodrigo's dead body, tied onto his horse, leads the victorious charge and then gallops off into the sunset (literally).
30th Dec '16 12:13:45 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Ben Yusuf [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rCG5-7E7Ao takes the emirs of Spain to task]] for cultivating a peaceful, artistic culture instead of being {{Badass}}es going out to conquer the world.

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Ben Yusuf [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rCG5-7E7Ao takes the emirs of Spain to task]] for cultivating a peaceful, artistic culture instead of being {{Badass}}es badasses going out to conquer the world.
12th Jul '16 2:23:31 PM erforce
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* KnifeNight: At their father's wake, Prince Alfonso attempts kill his brother Sancho for the control of all of Spain. His initial attack fails, and the two end up fighting each other with knives.

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* KnifeNight: KnifeFight: At their father's wake, Prince Alfonso attempts kill his brother Sancho for the control of all of Spain. His initial attack fails, and the two end up fighting each other with knives.
12th Jul '16 2:22:46 PM erforce
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->''"In my country, we have a name for a warrior with the vision to be just and the courage to show mercy. We call him... the cid!"''
-->-- '''Moutamin'''



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* AllInTheEyes: Ben Ussuf.
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: It's hard to top Jimena's heartbroken: 'I will make myself worthy of you, Rodrigo. I will learn to hate you.' after Rodrigo kills her father.

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* %%* AllInTheEyes: Ben Ussuf.
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: It's hard to top Jimena's heartbroken: 'I "I will make myself worthy of you, Rodrigo. I will learn to hate you.' " after Rodrigo kills her father.



* BadassBoast: Done by Rodrigo when he rescues Prince Alfonso from the men escorting him to prison.
-->'''Rodrigo:''' Will you give me your prisoner, or must I take him?
-->'''Soldier:''' There are thirteen of us, and you're alone!
-->'''Rodrigo:''' What you do is against God's law, were you thirteen times thirteen, I would not be alone.



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* DuelToTheDeath

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* EpicMovie

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* ForDoomTheBellTolls

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* KnifeNight: At their father's wake, Prince Alfonso attempts kill his brother Sancho for the control of all of Spain. His initial attack fails, and the two end up fighting each other with knives.



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* RoyalBrat: Alfonso.
* SecretlyDying

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21st May '16 1:36:49 PM Morgenthaler
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* BlondesAreEvil: Partly.
7th Aug '15 10:24:49 PM CaptEquinox
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* BigWhy: What Ximena screams when the exiled Spanish warriors catch up with Rodrigo. You can barely hear her over the cheers.
23rd May '15 1:28:11 PM Darthman616
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* TheFundamentalist: Ben Yusuf. He seems to violently force Islam on the rest of the world, and destroy all who oppose him. Including other, more tolerant Muslims.

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* TheFundamentalist: Ben Yusuf. He seems seeks to violently force Islam on the rest of the world, and destroy all who oppose him. Including other, more tolerant Muslims.
18th May '15 10:34:22 PM Darthman616
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* TheFundamentalist: Ben Ussuf. He seems to violently force Islam on the rest of the world, and destroy all who oppose him. Including other, more tolerant Muslims.

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* TheFundamentalist: Ben Ussuf.Yusuf. He seems to violently force Islam on the rest of the world, and destroy all who oppose him. Including other, more tolerant Muslims.
18th May '15 10:32:06 PM Darthman616
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* TheFundamentalist: Ben Yusuf. He seems to violently force Islam on the rest of the world, and destroy all who oppose him. Including other, more tolerant Muslims.

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* TheFundamentalist: Ben Yusuf.Ussuf. He seems to violently force Islam on the rest of the world, and destroy all who oppose him. Including other, more tolerant Muslims.
18th May '15 9:43:56 PM Darthman616
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* TheFundamentalist: Ben Yusuf. He seems to violently force Islam on the rest of the world, and destroy all who oppose him. Including other, more tolerant Muslims.
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