For two days in October 2021 and April 2022 the quarry of Chlumčany in the Czech Republic was transformed into the Holy Land, being used as the filming location for the new movie, Zbojnik (The Outlaw).
Yes, I’m talking about the 2001 movie starring the late Heath Ledger. Was it really just a sports movie set in the past? Yes. Was it edited until the plot seems a little less-than-coherent? Yes. But are there things we can love about it? Absolutely.
Though plagued with some inaccuracies, and one atrocious plot decision, Lena Dunham’s Catherine Called Birdy is a direction in which films about the Middle Ages ought to go.
This movie from 2011 gives an extra-bloody version of a somewhat famous English siege.
The first season of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power both moves away and stays close to Tolkien’s words in ways that make the series better.
At its core, The Court Jester is a joyous and artfully constructed farce which whips its viewers through its numerous set pieces and shenanigans at an exhilarating pace.
Have we reached a point where “medieval” has become a brand in itself?
Time to shine a light on the half-forgotten and flawed gem from 1965 that is The War Lord.
Taking a look back at the 1952 classic movie, Ivanhoe.
It’s an excellent time to revisit one of my all-time favorite ‘80s swords-and-sorcery films: 1988’s Willow, starring Warwick Davis as the titular character.
Disney’s work has never been value-neutral … and some of the messages it conveyed in the past, and of the past, were downright toxic.
This week on The Medieval Podcast, Danièle and Peter Konieczny give their takes on Hollywood’s latest foray into medieval movie-making: The Northman.
Robert Eggers’ take on the Norse tale of Prince Amleth may offer movie-goers some impressive visuals and historically-accurate details, but ultimately it is another bleak and bloody view of the Vikings.
El Cid was released in 1961 at the absolute zenith of the historical epics’ reign in Hollywood.
The Adventures of Robin Hood’s bold and ambitiously realised aesthetics, iconography, and set pieces have caught the eye and fired the imagination of many imitators.
Directed by Anthony Harvey and released in 1968, The Lion in Winter is an intimate and visceral depiction of a fictionalized Christmas court held by Henry II following this clash and the death of his heir apparent.
The latest medieval movie has just dropped into theatres, and that means that Danièle was first in line with Peter Konieczny to bring you the goods. This week on The Medieval Podcast, they discuss Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel, starring Jodie Comer, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Adam Driver.
I must admit: I was very nervous to see The Last Duel.
Eric Jager, author of The Last Duel, gives the inside story of how his book was turned into a major Hollywood movie.
A conversation with Buket Bayrı about Turkish films that prominently feature Byzantine characters and settings, especially the films about Battal Gazi.
For many years, medievalists have gone to the movies with the expectation that their beloved stories will be given only lip service in favour of directorial changes meant to pander to a modern audience. With The Green Knight, they are in for a surprise.
How the story of King Arthur gets told during Hollywood’s Golden Age – the 1950s and 60s.
One of the most popular medieval-based television series in recent years has been The Last Kingdom. Let’s take a look at the show and the novels it was based on.