Kingdom of heaven: the Ridley Scott film and the history behind the story

Newmarket Press, 7 avr. 2005 - 176 pages
With films like Gladiator, Blade Runner, and Black Hawk Down, director Ridley Scott has shown his mastery of cinematic storytelling that is epic in dimension but with a deeply personal core. In Kingdom of Heaven, he turns to the Crusadesthat world-shaping 200-year collision between Europe and the Eastto frame the tale of a young Frenchman who defies all odds to become a knight, then lives out what that glorious title really means. "I'd always wanted to make a movie about knights and medieval times, the Crusades especially," says Scott. "Historically, the knightlike the cowboy or the policemanhas given us great opportunities to tell stories about a hero." With the cry "God wills it!" Pope Urban II in 1095 urged Christian Europe into a frenzy to reclaim the holy city of Jerusalem, conquered by Muslim armies that swept through the Middle East in the 7th century. Thousands answered the call, from kings to peasants, and in the ensuing waves of war ancient cities fell to bloody sieges, Christian kingdoms were founded in the Holy Land, and unspeakable atrocities were committed on both sides. Between the Second and Third Crusades, however, two visionary leadersKing Baldwin IV of Jerusalem and the Saracen general Saladinforged a short-lived peace amid the carnage. Drawn into this immense drama is the young blacksmith Balian (Orlando Bloom). Fleeing his village under a death sentence, and fleeing his own demons as well, Balian joins forces with a great knight, Godfrey of Ibelin (Liam Neeson), who swears him to serve King Baldwin and up-hold the trucethat fragile "kingdom of heaven." On reaching the Holy Land, Balian falls under the spell of the king's sister, Sibylla (Eva Green), and becomes embroiled in a struggle for the kingdom's soul, as the dying king is assailed by extremists bent on war. Ultimately, Balian must choose between his love and his sense of knightly honor. And when Jerusalem faces its greatest peril, he must use all his wits and courage to defend it against staggering odds. Scott and his production team scale new heights in creating worlds on film: building vast sets on locations in Morocco and Spain, peopling them with international stars and thousands of extras, enhancing filmed action with state-of-the-art effects. Scenes of medieval warfare, breathtaking in scale and realism, feature weapons and machines that were carefully researched and built for real. This splendid companion book, illustrated with more than 200 photos, drawings, and Scott's own storyboards, documents this landmark production behind the scenes and before the cameras. But it also delves into the details of storycrafting that give Kingdom of Heaven its solid historical grounding, and includes a lively primer on the Crusades that will expand readers' appreciation of both the film and the history behind it. With more than 200 photographs and illustrations.

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Avis d'utilisateur  - BenKline - LibraryThing

An interesting look behind the scenes of 'Kingdom of Heaven' the movie (by Ridley Scott). I've always enjoyed the film and the wife found this for me at 2nd Charles for dirt-cheap. Nothing too super ... Consulter l'avis complet

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I thought I was getting the DVD Kingdom of Heaven but I received a coffee table book Kingdom of Heaven which I dont want. Unfortunately it is cost prohibitive to ship it back. Consulter l'avis complet

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Ridley Scott is the director of "Gladiator, Thelma and Louise, Black Hawk Down", and "Kingdom of Heaven". Peter Mayle is the author of many novels, including "A Year in Provence" and "Toujours Provence". Marc Klein also wrote the screenplay for "Serendipity.

ALAN JONES, Ph.D., is an Episcopal priest and Dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco as well as an author of several books, including Soul Making, Exploring Spiritual Direction, The Soul's Journey, and Passion for Pilgrimage. His sermons are regularly delivered on the internet through

JOHN O'NEIL is President of the Center for Leadership Renewal and an advisor to leadership teams, a director of numerous company and foundation boards, and the author of The Paradox of Success and other books.

DIANA LANDAU is a freelance writer.

Friedman runs a firm named The Telephone Doctor.

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