History Literature / Ivanhoe

1st Aug '17 12:00:33 PM Saveelich
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* In 1952, MetroGoldwynMayer produced what is probably the best remembered film version, ''Ivanhoe'', directed by Richard Thorpe, and starring Robert Taylor as Wilfred, Creator/ElizabethTaylor as Rebecca, Felix Aylmer as Isaac, Creator/JoanFontaine as Rowena, George Sanders as Bois-Guilbert, [[UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}} Finlay Currie]] as Cedric. This version was nominated for three [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Academy Awards]], for Best Picture, Best Colour Cinematography, and Best Score for Music/MiklosRozsa; it stressed the spectacular and [[{{Swashbuckler}} swashbuckling]] elements.

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* In 1952, MetroGoldwynMayer Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer produced what is probably the best remembered film version, ''Ivanhoe'', directed by Richard Thorpe, and starring Robert Taylor as Wilfred, Creator/ElizabethTaylor as Rebecca, Felix Aylmer as Isaac, Creator/JoanFontaine as Rowena, George Sanders as Bois-Guilbert, [[UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}} Finlay Currie]] as Cedric. This version was nominated for three [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Academy Awards]], for Best Picture, Best Colour Cinematography, and Best Score for Music/MiklosRozsa; it stressed the spectacular and [[{{Swashbuckler}} swashbuckling]] elements.''Film/{{Ivanhoe}}''
1st Aug '17 11:58:39 AM Saveelich
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* AdaptationDistillation: Condenses the plot while retaining the basics of everyone's characterization, and avoids the UselessProtagonist problem by making Ivanhoe and Rowena more [[VillainsActHeroesReact active.]]
* AdaptationalBadass: This version of Ivanhoe is more active, as he manages to outmaneuver the Normans while giving himself up, rescue most of the prisoners, and kill Front-de-Boeuf.
* AdaptedOut: [[spoiler:King Richard's]] plotline as the Black Knight. [[CompositeCharacter Ivanhoe takes the role of the leader of the attack on Torquilstone Castle.]]
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Ivanhoe does not, as in some versions, return Rebecca's affection.
* AnAxeToGrind: Ivanhoe chooses a one-handed axe as his weapon in the final duel.
* BeardOfEvil: Prince John has a villainous weedy beard. And De Bracy has a nasty little moustache.
%%* BettyAndVeronica
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler: Richard shows up at the very end to do this.]]
* CombatPragmatist: Ivanhoe has no compunctions about sneaking up behind people and stabbing them in the back, or hiding in dark corners and popping out to stab them in the back. Even when he's {{Flynning}}, he doesn't really fight fair - the sword fight is just so he can get close enough to stab his opponent. Ivanhoe is practically a KnifeNut in this adaptation, a truly unusual element for a heroic character.
%%* TheEvilPrince
* DeathByAdaptation: Wamba is promoted to Gurth's role, and is killed at Torquilstone by Front-de-Boeuf.
* DuelingMovies: With TheStoryOfRobinHoodAndHisMerrieMen and MissRobinHood. Given the fact that this film appears more often on TCM it is pretty obvious that this film won the three way duel.
* DullSurprise: Robert Taylor's performance edges into this at (a few) points.
* EpicFlail: Bois-Guilbert's weapon in the climatic duel.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: Bois-Guilbert dies calmly telling Rebecca he loved her and wishing her well.
** FriendInTheBlackMarket: Isaac providing Ivanhoe with armor and ransom money for King Richard.
** TheCavalry: Locksley's men
%%* ChildhoodMarriagePromise
* CombatCommentator: The knights briefly do this during the joust.
* GoodWeaponEvilWeapon:
** Unusually, Ivanhoe uses a dagger (usually the weapon of a villain) in his duels, often locking swords with his opponent and then pushing up close to them in order to stab them.
** Played with during the final duel, where Bois-Guilbert uses a mace and chain--a nicely evil weapon--but Ivanhoe uses an axe. This is to drive home that he's not Rebecca's KnightInShiningArmor.
* {{Flynning}}: Oh, yes. At several points you can see one combatant just holding his sword up while the other hits it repeatedly.
* HeroSecretService: Especially evident in the message-arrow scene.
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: Also present in this adaptation, although it's played with differently. Ivanhoe staunchly supports Richard, because he's Richard's friend; almost all the other characters point out that there's very little to choose between Richard and John. Ivanhoe builds support for Richard by promising a civil rights movement.
* KangarooCourt: One of the witnesses against Rebecca starts crying and admits that she was forced to testify.
* {{Leitmotif}}: The swaggering, menacing Norman theme.
* OhCrap: Prince John when Richard shows up.
* ScarsAreForever: As a result of the childhood blood oath, Rowena and Wilfred have matching small scars on their hands.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Received quite a few: KingRichardAndTheCrusaders, the television series Series/TheAdventuresOfRobinHood and UsefulNotes/RichardTheLionheart, the 1970 miniseries of Ivanhoe, TheMenOfSherwoodForest and the Creator/RogerMoore Ivanhoe series.
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23rd Jun '17 1:04:32 PM CJNotts1983
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* AnAxeToGrind: Ivanhoe chooses a one-handed axe as his weapon in the final duel.
13th Jun '17 9:23:23 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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The novel was originally something of a [[MoneyDearBoy Pot-boiler]]. Scott's popularity as a poet was waning in the face of the more exotic verses of Lord Byron, and his over-gentrified lifestyle and a life-threatening bout of illness had left his pocketbook in an equally sickly condition. His [[UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}} Scottish]] novels were popular enough, but of limited appeal; Scott felt, moreover, the need for a fresher source of inspiration -- so he turned to History and TheMiddleAges, the object of his lifelong and devoted -- if not always pedantically accurate -- study. The novel won immediate, long-lasting, and deserved popularity, restored Scott's fortunes, and helped to launch the entire HistoricalFiction genre.

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The novel was originally something of a [[MoneyDearBoy Pot-boiler]]. Scott's popularity as a poet was waning in the face of the more exotic verses of Lord Byron, Creator/LordByron, and his over-gentrified lifestyle and a life-threatening bout of illness had left his pocketbook in an equally sickly condition. His [[UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}} Scottish]] novels were popular enough, but of limited appeal; Scott felt, moreover, the need for a fresher source of inspiration -- so he turned to History and TheMiddleAges, the object of his lifelong and devoted -- if not always pedantically accurate -- study. The novel won immediate, long-lasting, and deserved popularity, restored Scott's fortunes, and helped to launch the entire HistoricalFiction genre.
17th May '17 7:18:49 AM hullflyer
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* CombatPragmatist: Ivanhoe has no compunctions about sneaking up behind people and stabbing them in the back, or hiding in dark corners and popping out to stab them in the back.

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* CombatPragmatist: Ivanhoe has no compunctions about sneaking up behind people and stabbing them in the back, or hiding in dark corners and popping out to stab them in the back. Even when he's {{Flynning}}, he doesn't really fight fair - the sword fight is just so he can get close enough to stab his opponent. Ivanhoe is practically a KnifeNut in this adaptation, a truly unusual element for a heroic character.
5th May '17 6:32:22 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* AdultFear: Being part of a subjugated race. Check. Having arrogant [[AristocratsAreEvil aristocrats]] able and willing to do whatever they want to do to you with the approval of the law. Having a CorruptChurch tell you that you are ''supposed'' to be subjugated. Check. Being mocked because your ancestors lost a battle. Check. Being kidnapped by a would-be rapist. Check.

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* AdultFear: Being part of a subjugated race. Check. Having arrogant [[AristocratsAreEvil aristocrats]] able and willing to do whatever they want to do to you with the approval of the law. Check. Having a CorruptChurch tell you that you are ''supposed'' to be subjugated. Check. Being mocked because your ancestors lost a battle. Check. Being kidnapped by a would-be rapist. Check.
28th Apr '17 1:04:44 PM k410ren
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* Another 1997 production, a mini-series produced by A&E and the BBC, starring Steven Waddington, with Susan Lynch as Rebecca, Victoria Smurfit as Rowena, Creator/ChristopherLee as Beaumanoir, and [[Creator/CiaranHinds Ciarán Hinds]] as Bois-Guilbert.

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* Another 1997 production, a mini-series produced by A&E and the BBC, starring Steven Waddington, Waddington as Ivanhoe, with Susan Lynch as Rebecca, Victoria Smurfit as Rowena, Creator/ChristopherLee as Beaumanoir, and [[Creator/CiaranHinds Ciarán Hinds]] as Bois-Guilbert.



%%* BlackKnight: "''Le Noir Faineant''" (aka The Black Sluggard)

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%%* BlackKnight: "''Le Noir Faineant''" (aka The Black Sluggard)Sluggard). In a more figurative sense, Ivanhoe's identity as the Disinherited Knight.



* GreedyJew: Isaac of York in Ivanhoe is somewhere between an example and a subversion. He's a moneylender with seemingly unlimited stores of riches who is very concerned with his money, but he helps Ivanhoe out of gratitude when he is hurt and frequently expresses that his love for his daughter trumps all of his wealth.

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* GreedyJew: Isaac of York in Ivanhoe is somewhere between an example and a subversion. He's a moneylender with seemingly unlimited stores of riches who is very concerned with his money, but he helps Ivanhoe out of gratitude when he is hurt and frequently expresses that his love for his daughter trumps all of his wealth.wealth and even his own life.



* AdaptationalBadass: This version of Ivanhoe is more active, as he manages to outmaneuver the Normans while giving himself up, rescue most of the prisoners, and kill Front-de-Boeuf.



* ColorMotifs:
** Yellow for Ivanhoe, coupled with [[BlueIsHeroic blue]] for his time as the Disinherited Knight.
** Red, White and Black for Bois-Guilbert, befitting his status as a Templar.
** Magenta and Red for De Bracy.
** Yellow and Black for Front-de-Boeuf.



* FashionableAsymmetry: The breath holes are only on the right side of the helmet.



%%* HeroicSacrifice: Sir Brian.

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%%* * HeroicSacrifice: Sir Brian. Brian, who [[spoiler:deliberately leaves himself open to being stabbed to death by Ivanhoe in the final duel so Rebecca can live.]]
28th Apr '17 8:58:56 AM k410ren
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* AdaptedOut: [[spoiler:King Richard's]] plotline as the Black Knight. [[CompositeCharacter Ivanhoe takes the role of the leader of the attack on Torquilstone Castle.]]



* DeathByAdaptation: Wamba is promoted to Gurth's role, and is killed at Torquilstone.

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* DeathByAdaptation: Wamba is promoted to Gurth's role, and is killed at Torquilstone.Torquilstone by Front-de-Boeuf.
28th Mar '17 7:48:42 PM k410ren
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* AdaptedOut: Ulrica is not present and most of the castle is still standing, with only thatch roofs getting set on fire by Saxon archers.


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* CrucifiedHeroShot: Sir Brian spreads his arms wide as he deliberately leaves himself open to be stabbed.


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* GoOutWithASmile: Sir Brian when Ivanhoe stabs him.


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* SparedByTheAdaptation: The castle is in much better shape than in the book.
28th Mar '17 7:40:33 PM k410ren
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* ButtMonkey: Athelstane is hit in the groin with the wood end of a spear, knocked away by Sir Brian when he flees with Rebecca and gets hit by a fleeing Norman soldier, causing him to hit the side of a lean-to, which collapses on him. All in about two minutes.
* DualWielding: Front-de-Boeuf wields a sword and axe in his fight with the Black Knight.
* GroinAttack: Athelstane is hit in the groin with the blunt end of a spear.


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* RealMenWearPink: De Bracy's surcoat is magenta.
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