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Kingdom of Heaven: The Ridley Scott Film and the History Behind The Story (Newmarket Pictorial Moviebook) Paperback – April 7, 2005


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Product Details

  • Series: Newmarket Pictorial Moviebook
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Newmarket Press; Custom Edition edition (April 7, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557046611
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557046611
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8.9 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,404,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

With a scheduled release date set to accompany that of Ridley Scott's new film, Kingdom of Heaven, this behind-the-scenes book explores the history of the Crusades, the era of the movie's inspiration. The film follows Balian, "a blacksmith turned Crusader," during a rare and brief peace-time among the Christian and Muslim cultures, between the Second and Third Crusades. As the book reveals, the idea for the film began shortly after the September 11th attacks, but Scott argues in his introduction that the film is not meant to "moralize or propagandize." Later in the volume, screenwriter William Monahan reveals his intent: "The two civilizations, arguably, being again at war, I was interested in examining a time when there was a period of...if not peace, then accommodation-when the Muslim world and 'Christendom' were at an equal strength." Aside from discussion of the film's subject matter, the book explains other details most moviegoers may not notice. For example, although much of the story takes place in the Near East, the filmmakers opted for landscapes in Spain and Morocco, since many of the original locations are either in ruins or have become too modernized to be useful. Also, many of the film's characters are a mixture of fictional heroes and real historical figures. This promotional picture book includes impressive photos of the star cast, including Jeremy Irons and Liam Neeson, and of the elaborate film sets. But movie buffs may appreciate more the generous inclusion of architectural concept drawings and set models, the annotated script pages and storyboards, or even the detailed costume designs.
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About the Author

Ridley Scott is the director of G.I. Jane, White Squall, 1492: Conquest of Paradise, Thelma and Louise, Black Rain, Someone to Watch Over Me, Legend, Blade Runner, Alien, The Duellist, and the forthcoming Hannibal (2000).

David H. Franzoni's previous films include Amistad and Jumpin' Jack Flash.

John Logan was a screenwriter for RKO 281, Any Given Sunday, and Bats.

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If you enjoyed Gladiator you should love Kingdom of Heaven.
Raymond F. Gillis
The Director's cut rarely makes any difference, in fact, is usually littered with extra scenes that well deserved to be on the cutting room floor.
Macloud
For everybody who loves the movie, this book is a must have.
Mia

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jared M on September 17, 2010
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"Kingdom of Heaven" is one of my favorite films, with luscious cinematography, glorious music, a good story with political intrigue and a historical perspective combines for a gritty and realistic portrayal of the fall of Jerusalem in 1187. "Kingdom of Heaven: The Ridley Scott Film and the History Behind the Story" is a behind the scenes look at the making of this epic Crusader film.

The book consists of 11 chapters, arranged in two parts, as well as a foreword by Ridley Scott. Part One, "Kingdoms in the Holy Land" discusses the history of the crusades, story development and pre-production. Despite the book's subtitle, the history chapter is very lightweight, and is unlikely to satisfy many readers interested in the Crusades. However, the book does provide a further reading section, which includes The Oxford Illustrated History of the Crusades (Oxford Illustrated Histories), likely to be one of the better available resources on the Crusades. Part Two of the book, entitled "Swords and Stones", brings Balian's story to life by delving into the actual production of the film, with chapters on working on location ("Kingdom of Heaven" was mainly filmed in Morocco and Spain), the script, costumes, set and armour design (one of the more interesting chapters) as well as post-production.

It is accepted that Scott took certain liberties with history in making "Kingdom of Heaven". Such liberties are usually necessary for cinematic reasons and for audience clarity, and these, and the reasoning for this, are mentioned. For example, characters' names and, in some cases characterisations of an individual, may diverge from their historical counterparts.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 10, 2005
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The latest entry in the acclaimed "Newmarket Pictorial Moviebook" series, Kingdom Of Heaven: The Ridley Scott Film And The History Behind The Story is the definitive film documentary of "Kingdom of Heaven", the large-scale historical epic about the Crusades that pitted the forces of King Baldwin IV of Jerusalem against the armies of the Saracen general Saladin. Directed by Ridley Scale and starring Orlando Bloom, the commentary is in two major parts: "Kingdoms in the Holy Land: The Crusades and the Film Story" and "Swords and Stones: How Kingdom of Heaven Was Made". This informative guide to the film and its making is enthusiastically recommended for fans of the film, as well as professional, academic, and community library Cinematic Studies reference collections.
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When I bought the book, I thought that I was getting the actual script of the movie. This book is mostly a descriptive of the effort that was put in filming this adventure..
If you wanted the movie story line this book is not for you. I do not recommend it.
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Lots of background information in this volume. How they cast the main parts, where they shot, and the numbers of people and props involved. Some history of the era is used to compare the movie to the actual battles and scenes portrayed.
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