Kingdom of Heaven: The Making of the Ridley Scott Epic (Newmarket Pictorial Moviebook)ISBN: 1557046611;
With films like Gladiator, Blade Runner , and Black Hawk Down , director Ridley Scott has shown his mastery of cinematic storytelling that is epic in dimension but with a deeply personal core. In Kingdom of Heaven , he turns to the Crusades?that world-shaping 200-year collision between Europe and the East?to frame the tale of a young Frenchman who defies all odds to become a knight, then lives out what that glorious title really means. "I'd always wanted to make a movie about knights and medieval times, the Crusades especially," says Scott. "Historically, the knight?like the cowboy or the policeman?has given us great opportunities to tell stories about a hero." With the cry "God wills it!" Pope Urban II in 1095 urged Christian Europe into a frenzy to reclaim the holy city of Jerusalem, conquered by Muslim armies that swept through the Middle East in the 7th century. Thousands answered the call, from kings to peasants, and in the ensuing waves...
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