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Movies: Middle Ages on Film


Alexander Nevsky

PN1997 .A43 2001 DVD
108 minutes; released 1938.
Biographical story of Prince Alexander Nevsky and his successful resistance against an attempt by the Teutonic Knights to invade Russia in 1242. Directed by Sergei Eisenstein and Dmitri Vasilyev.

Anchoress

PN1997 .A53 2000 DVD
108 minutes; released 1993.
A priest urges a visionary young woman to become an Anchoress and she accepts. When her awakening sexuality calls into question this lifelong arrangement, shechallenges the priest's authority and the order of society.
Directed by Chris Newby.

Anthony, Warrior of God

BX4700 .A6 A58 2008 DVD
100 minutes; released 2006.
A reformed criminal recounts the story of Saint Anthony who challenged the money lenders that enslaved the people of Padua. Starring Jordi Molla. In Italian with optional English subtitles.

Assassinio nella Cattedrale

ML50 .P645 A7 2008 DVD
84 minutes
Ildebrando Pizzetti's opera about the murder of Saint Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral.

Becket

PQ2601 .N67 B422 2007 DVD
150 minutes; released 1964.
The lifelong friendship of King Henry II and Thomas Becket is tested when Becket is appointed Archbishop of Canterbury. Based on the play by Jean Anouilh. Starring Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole.

Beowulf and Grendel

PR1582 .B46 2006 DVD
104 minutes; released 2005.
Based on the epic Anglo-Saxon poem; a medieval adventure that tells the blood-soaked tale of a Norse warrior's battle against the great and murderous troll, Grendel.

Braveheart

PN1997 .B73 2000 DVD
177 minutes; released 1995.
Mel Gibson directs and stars in this Academy Award-winning epic based on the life of legendary thirteenth century Scottish hero William Wallace.

Brother Sun, Sister Moon

BX4700 .F6 B76 2003 DVD
120 minutes; released 1972.
Franco Zeffirelli's feature-length movie based on the life of St. Francis of Assisi.

Camelot

M1503 .L818 C32 1998 DVD
180 inutes; released 1967.
A film adaptation of the popular musical about the tragic love triangle between King Arthur, Queen Guenevere, and Sir Lancelot.

Charlemagne

DC 73 .C56 1994 VHS
5 videocassettes, 60 minutes each.
A dramatization of the life of the Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne.

Clare of Assisi

PN1997 .C457 1993 VHS
67 minutes; released 1993.
Based on a one-woman play of the life of the thirteenth-century church leader, Saint Clare of Assisi.

El Cid

PN1997 .C533 2008 DVD
183 minutes; released 1961.
An eleventh-century military leader drives the Moors out of Spain. Starring Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren.

Francesco

BX4700 .F6 F73 2003 DVD
115 minutes; released 1989.
The story of St. Francis of Assisi. Starring Mickey Rourke.

Francis of Assisi

BX4700 .F6 F763 2004 DVD
110 minutes; released 1961.
A feature-length movie based on the life of St. Francis of Assisi. Starring Bradford Dillman and Dolores Hart. Directed by Michael Curtiz.

Hildegard

BX4700 .H5 H48 1994 VHS
52 minutes; released 1994.
A dramatization of the trial of the eleventh-century mystic Hildegard of Bingen.

Joan of Arc

PN1997 .J63 1999 DVD
180 minutes; released 1999.
A feature-length movie adaptation of the life of St. Joan of Arc.
Starring Leelee Sobieski.

King Arthur

139 minutes; released 2004.
This film attempts a realistic retelling of the King Arthur story, placing Arthur and his knights at the time of the fall of the Roman Empire.
Starring Clive Owen, Keira Knightley, Ioan Gruffudd, and Stellan Skarsgard.
Directed by Antoine Fuqua.

Kingdom of Heaven

PN1997.2 K56 2005 DVD
144 minutes; released 2005.
A lonely French blacksmith discovers he is a noble heir and takes his father's place in 12th century Jerusalem.
Starring Orlando Bloom.
Directed by Ridley Scott.

The Name of the Rose

PQ 4685 .C6 N62 2004 DVD
131 minutes; released 1986.
A series of deaths strikes a 14th century monastery. While some see these deaths tied to the Book of Revelation, Brother William of Baskerville resolves to solve the crimes using fact and reason. Based on the book by Umberto Eco.

The Passion of Joan of Arc

PN1997 .P3854 1999 DVD
82 minutes; released 1927.
Black and white silent film about the trial and execution of the life of St. Joan of Arc. French intertitles and optional English subtitles.

The Reckoning

PR6071 .N8 M672 2004 DVD
110 minutes; released 2004.
A disgraced priest in medieval England takes up with a traveling band of actors, who try to solve a murder by recreating the crime in a play.

The Return of Martin Guerre = Le Retour de Martin Guerre

DC112 .G78 R4 1997 DVD
123 minutes; released 1982.
A 16th century peasant disappears shortly after his marriage, but then returns nine years later. In French with English subtitles.

Saint Anthony

BX4700 .A6 S26 2003 DVD
95 minutes; released 2002.
A dramatization of the life of Saint Anthony, the young Portugese nobleman who became a Franciscan monk and preached across Africa and Europe. Starring Daniele Liotti. In Italian with optional English subtitles.

Saint Joan

PN1997 .S25 1994 VHS
131 minutes; released 1957.
Otto Preminger's feature-length movie adaptation of the play by George Bernard Shaw about the life of St. Joan of Arc. Starring Jean Seberg.

St. Patrick: The Irish Legend

BX4700 .P3 S77 2000 DVD
90 minutes; released 2000.
A feature-length movie based on the life of the world-famous Irish hero. Starring Patrick Bergin, Malcolm McDowell and Alan Bates. Directed by Robert Hughes.

The Seventh Seal = Det Sjunde inseglit

PN1997 .S5683 1998 DVD
96 minutes; released 1998.
A knight returning home from the Crusades encounters Death, who agrees to a chess game. In the balance hang the lives of the knight and a group of traveling players. In Swedish with English subtitles.

The Virgin Spring = Jungfrukllan

GR225 .J85 2006 DVD
A girl is raped and murdered in 14th-century Sweden, and her father seeks revenge. In Swedish with English subtitles.

Vision

BX4700 .H5 V575 2010 DVD
111 minutes; released 2009.
The story of Saint Hildegard of Bingen, a 12th century Benedictine nun, who was one of the of the most important, inspirational and visionary female leaders of her time.