(1965) Rik Van Nutter, Gilda Lousek, Andrea Aureli, Duilio Marzio. William of Ivanhoe returns from the Crusades to free the Saxons from bondage in twelfth-century England. He claims the ...
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(1965) Rik Van Nutter, Gilda Lousek, Andrea Aureli, Duilio Marzio. William of Ivanhoe returns from the Crusades to free the Saxons from bondage in twelfth-century England. He claims the hand of a beautiful maiden and rescues her from danger. Not bad. Good color, 16mm. Written by
This is one of the most run-of-the-mill movies in this genre I've seen. It has all the common tropes and plot-points you'd expect from a quasi-historical knights movie of the period. The Hero acts, look and feel like a typical hero would. The same can be said for the balding villain, the entrapped heroine, and the rest of the crew. Nothing about it's story really stands out in relation to it's peers. (save for perhaps an infiltration segment).
References to the Lionheart mythos is sprinkled throughout the film - so to connect it to the wider history these films take place in - but it doesn't really affect the plot in any tangible manner. Ivanhoe's Revenge is in no way a grim ordeal. It's sensibilities are perfectly in-line with the light-hearted, adventurous feel that most Knight movies from this time period exudes.
The Revenge of Ivanhoe, though, is not bad in any overly substantial way. The pacing, acting, directing, and the production values are all serviceable for the kind of matinée-type flick this is. It's just a bit trite, conventional and uninspired, that's all.
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