The GREATEST ROMANCE and ADVENTURE in a THOUSAND YEARS!
Epic film of the legendary Spanish hero, Rodrigo Diaz ("El Cid" to his followers), who, without compromising his strict sense of honour, still succeeds in taking the initiative and driving the Moors from Spain.
I saw this on the big screen when I was a kid. Unforgettable images from this film are burned in my brain.
‘El Cid’ tells the story of Rodrigo Diaz (Charlton Heston), known as El Cid by his followers, a Spanish hero who helped unite the entire country by spearheading an effort to drive out the invading Moors. Branded a traitor by his Christian kingdom, and exiled from wife Jimena (Sophia Loren), El Cid still becomes a legendary figure.
‘El Cid’ is, for all intents and purposes, an epic. Sweeping landscapes, majestic scores, massive battle scenes and extravagance galore, all those same ingredients are there. But, for a film that clocks in at over three hours, it’s a complete waste of time. Of the epics I’ve seen in my time, this ranks near the bottom. Despite the ingredients being there, the recipe…
"Perhaps not as good as I remembered from childhood viewings, but still a great epic saga."
For all its love and compassion, still a very Christian film. You can worship yours, but My God > Your God (de facto).
Despite the stewardship of my beloved Anthony Mann, I wasn't looking forward to El Cid (running time: 4 days), but it worked like methadone to this viewer in the grips of Game of Thrones withdrawal. The interests aren't really the same--after all, Mann already got that out of the way with the masterpiece The Black Book--but the situations make El Cid feel like some ancient season in the East. Except Game of Thrones is a leer; Anthony Mann is a wince. I know his epics get lost in the shuffle, but El Cid at least is made by the same Mann who made Winchester '73.
It helps that the legend of El Cid is not the same old Roman/Christian slave…
Great big Hollywood epic with Heston.