List of Films

Films with Medieval Topics


The basis of this list is one sent to Mediev-L by Paul Halsall of Fordham University. It was a project he had intended to pursue himself at some point, but had not found time for. His original list (15 November 1996) included a short list of Western Movies, and a longer list of Byzantine Movies, courtesy of Elis Eshad of Israel.

WESTERN

The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964)
Dir: Anthony Mann
Sophia Loren
Plot summary: The Roman general Livius follows the precepts of Marcus Aurelius, in hopes of creating an empire at peace within and without its borders. The accession of the unstable Commodus puts this goal in jeopardy.
Alfred the Great (U.K.; 1969)
Screenplay: Elenor Shipley Duckett, Kenneth Taylor, James R. Webb
Director: Clive Donner
Starring: Michael York and David Hemmings
Anchoress (Belgium/U.K.; 1993)
Screenplay: Judith Stanley-Smith and Christine Watkins
Dir: Christopher Newby
Starring: Natalie Morse and Eugene Bervoerts.
Plot summary: In fourteenth-century England, peasant girl Christine Carpenter is so attracted to a statue of the Virgin Mary that the local priest (who lusts after her) suggests she be walled up in the church as an anchoress, a holy woman with responsibility for blessing the villagers. But when the priest has Christine's mother tried as a witch, she digs herself out of her cell, a crime for which the punishment is death.
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This film is visually and aurally quite stark, yet beautifully evocative of the austerity of anchoritic life. It takes its premise from actual records of the life of a 14th century English anchoress and fills out the picture of her everyday life with sources such as the 13thc _Ancrene Wisse_ (Guide for Anchoresses). (Jennifer Andersen)
Braveheart, USA, 1985, 178 mins
Dir. Mel Gibson
Star; Mel Gibson
The Lion in Winter, 1968, USA, 134 mins
Dir. Anthony Harvey,
Star, Katherine Hepburn, Peter O'Toole, Anthony Hopkins
Sister Sun, Brother Moon
Dir. Franco Zefferelli
Star.
The Name of the Rose, 1984, Italy/France/Germany, 130 mins
Dir. Jean-Jacques Annaud
Star. Sean Connery, Christian Slater
Le retour de Martin Guerre, 1982, France, Dir. Daniel Vigne Star. Gerard Depardieu
The Navigator, 1988, New Zealand, 92 mins. Dir. Vincent Walker

Sub Category - Robin Hood

Robin Hood (1913)
Dir: William Russell
Robin Hood (1922)
Dir: Allen Dwan
Star: Douglas Fairbanks
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
Dir:
Stars: Erroll Flynn
Robin and Marian (1986)
Robin Hood (1991)
Dir: John Irvin
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Dir: Kevin Reynolds
Stars: Kevin Costner

Sub Category - Arthurian
First Knight (1994)
Dir: Jerry Zucker
Stars: Sean Connery


Comedy
Monty Python and the Holy Grail


BYZANTINE
-Pre-Byzantine
*FABIOLA directed in Italy by ENRICO GUZZANOI (1917)
Chronologically just a short time before the foundation of Byzantium [From Eli Eshad , using The Epic Film by Derek Eley]
*FABIOLA (FABIOLA AND THE FIGHTING GLADIATOR / FABOLOUS FABIOLA) (1949) Directed in Italy by ALESSANDRO BLASSETI (1949)
Both movies are adaptions of the famous novel by Cardinal Wiseman about the persecutions of the Christians at Rome just before her conquest by Constantine. [From Eli Eshad , using The Epic Film by Derek Eley]
*CONSTANTINO IL GRANDE (CONSTANTINE THE GREAT \CONSTANTINE AND THE CS) (1961) Directed in Italy by Lionello de Felice (1961) staring CORNEL WILDE and BEELINDA LEE.
The story of the founder of Byzantium in the center of which is the scene of the flaming cross which the Emperor sees in the sky just before the big battle. The movie gives a conventionally pious view of Constantine. [From Eli Eshad , using The Epic Film by Derek Eley]
*IL CROLO DI ROMA ( ROME IN FLAMES) (1963)
Directed in Italy by ANTONIO MARGHERRITI
About the time after the death of Constantine when sporadic persecution was still being carried out. [From Eli Eshad , using The Epic Film by Derek Eley]
- on Attila
*ATTILA FLAGELLO DI DIO (1918)
directed by FEBO MARI [From Eli Eshad , using The Epic Film by Derek Eley]
*SIGN OF THE PAGAN (1954)
directed by DOUGLAS SIRK Jack Pallance starring as Attila [From Eli Eshad , using The Epic Film by Derek Eley]
*ATTILA (ATTHILA THE HUN ) (1955)
directed by PIETRO FRANCISCI ( 1955)
Starring ANTHONY QUEEN as Attila and SOPHIA LOREN as Honoria.
The 2 films which where made almost at the same time are naturally quite similar in the subject matter and in both the central subject is of the barbarian who is defeated by Christianity. It is hard to say which is better ,but each has some good things. [From Eli Eshad , using The Epic Film by Derek Eley]

- Byzantium proper
*THEODORA ,IMPERATICE DI BIZANTICO ( THEODORA EMPRESS OF BYZANTIUM) (1909)
directed in Italy by Ernesto Mario Pasquali [From Eli Eshad , using The Epic Film by Derek Eley]
*THEODORA (1912)
directed in France by HENRY POUCTAL [From Eli Eshad , using The Epic Film by Derek Eley]
*TEODORA (1913)
directed in Italy by AMBROSIO (1913) [From Eli Eshad , using The Epic Film by Derek Eley]
*ORA (1919)
directed in Italy by GIOVANNI VITROTTI and LEOPOLDO CARLUCCI [From Eli Eshad , using The Epic Film by Derek Eley]
*TEODORA (1921)
produced in Italy at 1921 ( no other details available) [From Eli Eshad , using The Epic Film by Derek Eley]
*TEODORA IMPERATICE DI BISANZIO ( THEODORA SLAVE EMPRESS\ THEODORA QUEEN OF BYZANTIUM \THEDORA) (1954)
directed in Italy by RICCARDO FREDA
The most important movie about Theodora (though that really is not saying much) starring GIANNA MARIA CANAL and GEORGE MARCHAL [From Eli Eshad , using The Epic Film by Derek Eley]
*KAMPF UM ROME (BATTEL FOR ROME/THE LAST ROMAN) (1968-69)
a West German\Italian movie directed by ROBERT SIODMAK ( 1968-69)
Probably the most ambitious Byzantine movie ever which in its original German version was released in 2 part of some 4 hours. (everywhere else the movie was shown in only half its length). Based on a 19 century novel by FELIX DAHN it presents the struggle of the daughters of the Gothic king Theodoric for power after his death. and then the conquest of their kingdom in Italy by the Byzantine general Belisarius . ORSON WELLS played JUSTINIAN, SYLIVA COSCINA is Theodora and LANG JEFFRIES played Belisarius. the movie won a very bad critical views but it is very grandiose and detailed. [From Eli Eshad , using The Epic Film by Derek Eley].