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A Knight at the Movies by John Aberth
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Dec 05, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: nonfiction, medieval, british-isles, france, cinema, history, spain-and-portugal, middle-east, russia-ussr, germany-austria, egypt, early-20th-century, mid-20th-century, scandinavian, norse
Read from March 25 to April 06, 2011

This book is less concerned with where the movies went wrong (or right) on specific Mediaeval events/cultures as to why they portrayed events in a certain way. For example, the anti-Communism slant of The Black Knight; Cecil B. MeMille’s Joan the Woman (which was intended to encourage American involvement in WWI) and his later The Crusades (which had a strong anti-War slant in keeping with American isolationism in the mid-1930’s); the pro-Stalin/anti-Nazi Alexander Nevsky; the Egyptian-made 1963 Saladin just in time for the Egyptian nationalization of the Suez Canal, etc. A fascinating read for students of the Middle Ages or film.
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