Thursday, August 12, 2010

Epic fight scene

Everyone once in awhile, it's important to sit back, take a deep breath and watch two knights of old beat the snot out of each other. This is from El Cid (1961), one of the great Hollywood epics.

Charlton Heston plays El Cid as a honorable and devout man who has to balance his loyalty to a corrupt monarchy with his personal sense of right and wrong. Strong characterizations, beautifully composed cinematography and (as we can see here) superbly choreographed action sequences (both one-on-one fights and large scale battles) all make this a pretty much perfect movie.

Also, Sophia Loren never looked more drop dead gorgeous than she does in this film. That doesn't show quite so much in this scene, where she's dressed in mourning because Heston had to whack her father a few scenes earlier. But for the rest of the movie she is easily beautiful enough to melt out the eyeballs of most men who look at her.

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