Ivanhoe, a worthy and noble knight, the champion of justice returns to England after the holy wars. He finds England under the reign of Prince John and his henchmen and finds himself being ... See full summary »
John Halder, a German literature professor in the 1930s, is initially reluctant to accept the ideas of the Nazi Party. He is pulled in different emotional directions by his wife, mother, mistress and Jewish friend.
In the centre of this Walter Scott classic fiction inspired film the chivalrousness and the daring stand. Ivanhoe, the disowned knight join to the bravehearted and high-minded Robin Hood, the valiant of Forest Sherwood. They want King Richard to rule the kingdom instead of evil Prince John.Written by
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The film began as an MGM project in 1935 with Fredric March to play Wilfred of Ivanhoe, Loretta Young as Lady Rowena and Gary Cooper as King Richard I. After a period of "adjustment", it was then scheduled for 1938 release, with Robert Taylor as Ivanhoe, Myrna Loy as Rowena and Clark Gable as Richard. It was to have been shot in Britain, but rising hostilities in Europe - that culminated in World War II - caused the film to be put on hold. In 1946 Æneas MacKenzie, who would write the final draft of the script, wrote a series of drafts for Paramount that involved the Saxon knight Ivanhoe returning from the Crusades to raise a ransom for the kidnapped King Richard, only to discover that the Norman Prince John had taken the throne in his absence. In those drafts Isaac of York takes on an even greater role than in both novel and final draft, where he personally provided Ivanhoe with the entire ransom to free Richard. As thanks, Ivanhoe offered to make all Jews in England free to "worship unmolested in their own faith". These drafts also revised the love triangle among Ivanhoe, Rowena and Rebecca by eliminating Ivanhoe and Rowena's romantic love and making Rowena his half-sister, and the ending would have involved Ivanhoe and Rebecca marrying with a Jewish wedding and, later, a Christian wedding under a "Jewish canopy", where Rowena would have also wed outside of her ethnic background by marrying a Norman nobleman. The final draft keeps Ivanhoe and Rowena together and Rebecca alone. See more »
Knights are shown wearing conical helms. These did not appear until about 1300. A century earlier - the period of the film - they wore flat-topped helms, with long visors but no neck-covering. See more »
In the 12th century, at the close of the third crusade to free the Holy Land, the Saxon knight called Wilfred of Ivanhoe undertook a private crusade of his own. England's warrior king Richard the Lionhearted had disappeared during his homeward march, vanishing without trace. His disappearance dealt a cruel blow to his unhappy country, already in turmoil from the bitter conflict between Saxons and Normans. And in time, most of his subjects came to mourn him as dead. But Ivanhoe's ...
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I can't comment on the film as an adaption but I did find that it was quite entertaining standing alone. Some have criticized Robert Taylor for being too stiff, but I found him to be suitably formal and chivalrous. Elizabeth Taylor and Joan Fontaine both provided ample glamour and grace to their roles. They are also both very photogenic to say the least. The performance of George Sanders intrigued me the most. Though a villain, he actually became more sympathetic to me as the movie progressed. The relationship of the four major characters was what kept me interested. Although I am sure it took careful planning and execution (and a lot of extras) to stage the fight scenes, I actually thought they were quite perfunctory. Solid if not spectacular, 7/10.
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