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Title:   EL CID   

    One of the best sweeping spectaculars from the era of larger-than-life Hollywood historical epics. Charlton Heston stars as 11th century Castillian knight, Don Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar, beloved by Spaniards as El Cid. Sophia Loren is the love interest. El Cid led a Spanish force in battles intended to drive the Muslim North African Almoravides (commonly called Moors) from Spanish soil and reunify the country as a Christian kingdom. El Cid is epic in every sense of the word, with 7,000 extras, 10,000 costumes, 35 ships, 50 large siege engines and four landmark castles. The stars and supporting cast are worthy of the impressive production values. The ending is a bit over the top but effective dramatically. 
  
    This film, part history, part legend, part Hollywood, was a favorite of Martin Scorsese, perhaps the greatest movie director of all time, calling it "One of the greatest epic films ever made." It also generated an epic fit of professional jealousy, as Sophia Loren sued the producers because a giant billboard in Manhattan, that had her name in giant illuminated letters, had Charlton Heston's name above hers.

   

1961, Directedby Anthony Mann




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