Tuesday, April 5, 2011

El Cid (1961)

Notes: 4/5/11
Overture score is quite sweeping. Preparing for battle. Something grand.
Miklos Rosza does the music. Genius.
Memorable shots throughout. Carrying the cross, Raf Vallone riding through town.
Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren. Maximum starpower.
Feels and looks very Italian, or am I imagining things?
Awesome swordfight. Lasted almost 10 minutes!
Sophia Loren = gorgeous all the time.

Review: B
Sweeping epic powered by a grand Miklos Rosza score and some superb action sequences. Story wavers in the mid-section deflating the grandeur from this otherwise expertly-made production. Sophia Loren is given little to do but look gorgeous and she handles that beautifully. Charlton Heston is reliably macho as the film's noble hero. Anthony Mann successfully directs, despite the uncharacteristic genre, particularly in the film's best scene: a nearly ten-minute swordfight between Heston and Loren's father!

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