- El Cid (film)
name = El Cid
caption = DVD Cover
writer = Story:
Frederic M. Frank
Charlton Heston Sophia Loren Raf Vallone Geneviève Page
distributor = Allied Artists (Formerly Monogram)
released = flagicon|Italy
October 24, 1961
December 14, 1961
runtime = 184 min.
language = English
amg_id = 1:15437
imdb_id = 0054847|
"El Cid" is a 1961 historical
epic filmmade by Samuel Bronston Productionsin association with The Rank Organisationand released by Allied Artists. It was directed by Anthony Mannand produced by Samuel Bronstonwith Jaime Pradesand Michal Waszynskias associate producers. The screenplaywas by Philip Yordan, Ben Barzmanand Fredric M. Frankfrom a story by Fredric M. Frank. The music score was by Miklós Rózsa, the cinematography by Robert Kraskerand the editing by Robert Lawrence.
The film starred
Charlton Hestonas Rodrigo and Sophia Lorenas Jimena, with Raf Valloneas Count Ordóñez, Geneviève Pageas Urraca (sister of Alfonso VI), John Fraser as Alfonso VI (King of Castilia), Hurd Hatfield, who played Pontius Pilate in Bronston's 1961 "King of Kings", as Arias, Massimo Seratoas Fañez (nephew of Rodrigo), Frank Thring, who played Herod Antipas in the "King of Kings" and Pontious Pilate opposite Heston in "Ben-Hur", as Al Kadir (King of Valence), Michael Hordernas Don Diego (father of Rodrigo), Andrew Cruickshankas Count Gormaz, Douglas Wilmeras Moutamin (King of Saragosse), Tullio Carminatias Al Jarifi, Gary Raymondas Prince Sancho and Herbert Lomas Ben Yussuf.
It is a highly romanticized story of the life of the Castilian
knight, El Cid. It was shot on location in Spain - including the castles of Belmonte (Cuenca) and Peñíscola (Castellón) - while a few studio scenes were shot in Rome purely to achieve the financial gains of co-production status.
Awards and nominations
"El Cid" was nominated for three
Academy Awards, for Best Art Direction, Original Music Score for Miklós Rózsaand Best Song.It was also nominated for a Golden Globe Awardfor Best Motion Picture Director, Anthony Mann and Samuel Bronston won the 1962 Special Merit Award.Robert Krasker won the 1961 Best Cinematography Award by the British Society of Cinematographers. Verna Fieldswon the 1962 "Golden Reel Award" of the Motion Picture Sound Editors.
*This film is reportedly a favorite of politician Juan Cespedes.Fact|date=February 2007
*In his famous novel
Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdiementions the film as a Pakistani politician jokingly takes Fatima Jinnah(sister of Mohammed Ali Jinnah) to be already dead but stuffed to appearance by a taxidermist, "just like a dead-man leading an army" in El Cid
*The DVD release of "El Cid" made a list of "5 Things You Should Know About." ["5 Things You Should Know About," "Time" 171.5 (February 4, 2008): 63.]
*This film is also a favorite of
Martin Scorsese, who called it "one of the greatest epic films ever made." [ [http://www.reelviews.net/movies/e/el_cid.html El Cid] ] Scorsese was one of major forces behind the recent restoration and re-release of El Cid, and the DVD includes a pamphlet with an introduction by him.
**Richard Burt, "Medieval and Early Modern Film and Media" (Palgrave MacMillan, 2008) ISBN-10: 0230601251
*imdb title|id=0054847|title=El Cid
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