Lazy post today – but what they hey! So, a few days ago I posted a video from a 1950’s movie called Knights of the Round Table – a keen little film with some great fight scenes – fast and violent without all the quick cuts common in modern films. Here are a couple others (and yeah, my membership in the Grumpy Old Men of America might show up here a little) …
I wanted to throw in the final fight scenes from Flynn’s Adventures of Don Juan and Adventures of Robin Hood (which, by the way, features the film debut of Trigger as Maid Marion’s horse), but no dice. If you haven’t already seen them, go look for them. Don Juan also has one of my favorite Flynn leading ladies, Viveca Lindfors.
So – Mark of Zorro. Awesome fight scene – every bit the equal of Flynn vs. Rathbone. Please notice that without all the goofy special effects, they had to go to the trouble of constructing an interesting and satisfying scene both in terms of the sword play and the story. I have a hard time believing that CGI and special effects are cheaper than solid writing, but maybe I’m wrong.
I think my favorite fight scene of all time is this one from Cyrano de Bergerac – “As I end the refrain, thrust home!” I was first shown this film in my freshman English class. There were a few of us D-N-D players in the class – one of my friends carried a briefcase to school and used it to hide the fact that he was reading the DMG and Monster Manual instead of paying attention to the teacher – and I remember having no interest in Cyrano. Poetry, thin swords, etc – no interest. Then I watched Cyrano and discovered not only my favorite literary hero, but also that the world was much, much wider than the pop culture universe I had been inhabiting. Thanks English Class!