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« on: January 14, 2008, 10:58:11 PM »

Yeah, baby! http://www.dvdtalk.com/dvdsavant/s2493cid.html

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« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2008, 11:47:08 PM »


Great news. Thanks jenkins for giving the heads up!

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« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2008, 06:46:08 AM »

I saw that in theaters big promo for it back in the day.  Afro

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« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2008, 04:11:29 PM »

Cool! I've wanted to see this one for a long time. I quite like "55 Days at Peking" personally, that was one of my childhood favorites.

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« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2008, 07:58:48 AM »

Beaver: http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/DVDReviews15/el_cid_dvd_review.htm

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« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2010, 03:12:03 PM »

El Cid (1962) - Well, the word spectacular was probably invented for this movie. 8\10

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« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2010, 05:05:19 PM »

El Cid (1962) - Well, the word spectacular was probably invented for this movie. 8\10

I liked Chuck Heston, the battle scenes/spectacle and the music. Wasn't crazy about the plot or much anything else. It's leagues better than Fall of the Roman Empire though.

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« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2010, 05:08:49 PM »

The battle scenes on the beach, with the arabs dressed up anonymously in black, were an inspiration for 300?

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« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2010, 05:19:57 PM »

Possibly. I definitely think Herbert Lom's get-up inspired Sean Connery in The Wind and the Lion.

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« Reply #10 on: June 28, 2010, 04:05:08 AM »

I only have the German 2-disc, licensed I supposed.
Great documentaries on the bonus disc.

One of the best entries of the genre of the large-scale-epics. Fine film.
Saw it only once in a theatre. As all big widescreen films it suffers at home. Still great,
although Heston & Loren hated each other.

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« Reply #11 on: June 28, 2010, 08:22:42 AM »

Saw it only once in a theatre. As all big widescreen films it suffers at home.


Saw it when released as a child. It didn't suffer at my home. 

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« Reply #12 on: June 28, 2010, 12:26:42 PM »

Wasn't crazy about the plot or much anything else.
Well, you're crazy. The plot is wonderful because it includes more than a single situation (the limitation of most film plots). The resolution of one conflict leads to another problem to be solved, and that in turn gives rise to other conflicts, and all of it building to the final climax. And the fact that threats come from within as well as from without adds considerable interest. And characters change. By the time we're done we have the feeling that we've witnessed the passing of actual years in the hero's eventful life. Sure beats the long-weekend approach we get with most so-called epics.

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« Reply #13 on: June 28, 2010, 12:40:39 PM »

You seem to be arguing that complexity is a good thing in and of itself. El Cid's execution of such complexity is lacking. And how many times does Mann have to drag out the old "dynastic struggle" plot anyway? It's actually less interesting in a direct context than in his Westerns.

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« Reply #14 on: June 28, 2010, 06:34:34 PM »

Well, you're crazy. The plot is wonderful because it includes more than a single situation (the limitation of most film plots). The resolution of one conflict leads to another problem to be solved, and that in turn gives rise to other conflicts, and all of it building to the final climax. And the fact that threats come from within as well as from without adds considerable interest. And characters change. By the time we're done we have the feeling that we've witnessed the passing of actual years in the hero's eventful life. Sure beats the long-weekend approach we get with most so-called epics.

I have to agree with Dave here: more than anything else, it's the fragmented plot that makes the difference between El Cid and all those other epics that time slowly corroded to no return.

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