Saladin, ruler of the kingdoms surrounding the Latin state of Jerusalem, is brought to attack the Christians in the Holy Land by the sacking of a convoy of Muslim pilgrims, a group which ...
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Saladin, ruler of the kingdoms surrounding the Latin state of Jerusalem, is brought to attack the Christians in the Holy Land by the sacking of a convoy of Muslim pilgrims, a group which included his sister. In a short campaign against odds, Jerusalem is taken and almost the entire Middle East is in Muslim hands. Crusade is called again in Europe, and the combined forces of the French king, German emperor, and English king form the 3rd Crusade, under the leadership of Richard the Lionheart of England. Although Accre is taken by the Crusaders, Saladin succeeds in preventing the recapture of Jerusalem, and in the end negotiations between himself and Richard (who Saladin admires as the only honorable leader) leave the Holy Land in Moslem hands.Written by
Bruce Cameron <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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An interesting counter to the usual Crusader story....
This is a sumptuous telling of the tale of the battle for Jerusalem and of the ensuing 3rd Crusade that pitched Christians and Muslims in a complex battle royal. When Saladin (Ahmad Mazhar) discovers that a convoy of pilgrims - including his sister - has been attacked and slaughtered he reacts by taking the city of Jerusalem thus provoking the European Christian powers France, Austria and Richard "the Lionheart" of England to mount their campaign to recapture this holy site. It is probably worth saying that comparing it with either "King Richard and the Crusaders" (1954) or "Kingdom of Heaven" (2005) will not really work - it is told very much from a Saracen perspective and that makes it far more interesting. It has all the colour, the epic battles scenes, the costumes - but it also deals with the honour, chivalry, decency, rivalries and treachery - and, of course, the religious difficulties that prevailed on both sides as the history took shape. It is long - just over three hours - but aside from a short period towards the middle when it sags a bit, and a few occasions in which it becomes just a bit too theatrical, I found that it flew by - it is a really entertaining historical adventure film that hasn't got a word of English in it anywhere....
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