After the death of his father, prince Tristan is living in Cornwall at the court of his uncle, King Marke, who treats him like a son. When the Irish king sends his son Morold over to demand... See full summary »
After the death of his father, prince Tristan is living in Cornwall at the court of his uncle, King Marke, who treats him like a son. When the Irish king sends his son Morold over to demand high tax payments, Tristan challenges him to combat. He manages to kill Morold but is very badly injured, and is placed in a boat to be healed by the magic powers of the sea, which takes him across to Ireland. There he is discovered by Isolde, Morold's sister, who nurses him back to health together with her mother. Before his identity becomes known, Tristan travels back to Cornwall where the barons are urging King Marke to finally choose a wife for himself. When the king hears of Isolde's beauty he sends Tristan across to bring her back to him as a bride. Isolde is appalled at the way her father welcomes Morold's murderer, and at his desire to marry her off to a strange king. On the voyage back, she wants to poison both Tristan and herself, but the bottle contains a love potion: the two of them ... Written by
The movie is a good adaptation of the legend told by Joseph bedier in his book. The universal tale of impossible love, the medieval Romeo and Juliet. Not too bad for a TV production, and a bit long because the movie reflects all the books chapters more or less. The battle scenes are quite poor though. The story could become an excellent movie with more ambitious producers. I think that another movie exits about the same legend, but I don't remember exactly the title, maybe Tristano e Isotta in Italian.
On the other hand, is a good way of knowing the hole story if you don't have time to read the novel, but if you can, read it, you'll take more profit.
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