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 Post subject: Massively brutal swordplay scene by Heston
PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2012 11:55 pm 
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There's a night time scene in El Cid where, I believe, Heston comes out of a castle door/portal and stabs a traitor to death. From start to finish it's the most viciously realistic "death by sword" scene I've ever seen. The expression on Heston's face is pure hatred. I've never seen another sword-scene as brutal and convincing. Charlton Heston proves again that excessive gore and CGI isn't necessary for a scene to have impact!
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 Post subject: Re: Massively brutal swordplay scene by Heston
PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2012 2:42 pm 
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Yeah, aptly pointed out. It is not even stabbing, it is the way one kills a snake off-- or any infernal venomed creature, to free the locality from further danger. The Cid looks like the punishing angels, God's wrath brought over an evil creature, sourge of society. I also feel that the sword is simply a weapon that happens to be at hand at this time of crisis, otherwise he could have kick and strangle the wretched life out of this traitor.

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 Post subject: Re: Massively brutal swordplay scene by Heston
PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 3:11 pm 
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That's true, but interestingly, while El Cid contains possibly the most 'brutal' swordplay by Heston, it also gives the most 'benevolent' swordplay, or I should say, 'sword-handling'. You guys remember the scene where the Cid, in a sudden(and justified, of course) force of rage, lifts and throws his rival(Chimene's another suitor) *** the traitor off the horse, with the prince urging "kill him!" Heston takes out his sword as quick as lightning, is about to slay the traitor, and then, almost miraculously resorts to a better sense of forgiveness and humanity. The change of expression-- from wild rage and hatred to composure and calm dignity is brilliant! His control of the sword was also remarkable-- in fact, they used quite heavy broadswords for shooting, and it requires much practice and balance to raise the sword with such velocity and then control it by the grip.

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