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Judged as hopeless history and romantic froth I appreciate this wonderful film from the point of view of its romantic story, terrific recreation of medieval times, costumes and superbly staged battle scenes,pagentry, and respectful dialogue that never once really belittles the serious and dark times this story is set in. "The Crusades", focuses in actual fact loosely on the third crusade that involved most of the major powers of Europe in a joint struggle to try and free the Holy Land from the clutches of the dreaded Saracens. The central story of the film while certainly fictionalised, is nevertheless well told and deals with King Richard (the Lion Hearted)of England who to avoid an unwelcome marriage to the Princess Alice (Katherine DeMille) of France and spurred on by a determined hermit (C. Aubrey Smith in a terrific performance) who is instilling the fighting spirit in all the countries of Christendom, takes up the sword to lead the crusade to the Holy Land. On the journey in order to feed his starving men he reluctantly agrees to a sham marriage with Berengaria, Princess of Navarre.Read more ›
De Mille knew how to create tension, but also intimate scenes. True that from an historic point of view is not a very good film. but the spirit is there. The spirit of what a film must be.
Today when epic films are so "in", I recommend to some directors to watch films like this. He was a craftsman who needed few special effects to make a film interesting. And spent no time in long , boring speeches or interpretations to make the audience connect with his heroes.
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Cecil B. De Mille is one of the best Producer/Director in the world. No one can match him. This movie was excellent. Read morePublished 5 months ago by anonymous
This historical drama is terrific. Cecil B. DeMille directs. The film depicts Christians and muslims appropriately.
Not Rated (nothing objectionable).
Watching "The Crusades" I alternate between cringing at the glaring ignorance and disregard of history and the ridiculous activities proceeding on screen and being amazed at the... Read morePublished on January 16, 2012 by Michael Harbour
I really don't comprehend how people give this 4 & 5 star reviews. It was awful. And so far removed from having anything to do with the real Crusades that it is completely &... Read morePublished on November 7, 2010 by K. Turek
This is so far from being actual, but who cares? Henry is great as the Lion Hearted king. Ian snears at his christian rivals, all in good fun. Ms. Young is demure and Sir C. Read morePublished on June 13, 2010 by Mae Tinee
The story of Richard the Lionheart and his queen is a powerful love story
and a story of faith as well. Read more
Yep, it's black and white, but the story is good clean English Medevil costume drama, not hot on battle scenes, but more on the politics of war and the way love has a cunning way... Read morePublished on September 9, 2008 by M. Pearson
Yet another non-classic DVD release. What is going on?
These films have continued to be released in Europe, but no official release in the US. Read more
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