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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Ridley Scott, "Kingdom of Heaven", and a taxonomy of conservatives

H. Arthur Scott Trask comments on Ridley Scott’s "Kingdom of Heaven" (2005) at http://www.lewrockwell.com/trask/trask9.html. Makes me want to see it once again!


Ridley Scott has chosen to make a different kind of film, one that hints at U.S. provocations in the Middle East, rather than reinforces the American tropes of outraged innocence and righteous retribution; one that suggests the Bush policy of imposing democracy by war in the Middle East is a product of the same kind of zealotry and self-serving idealism that once drove the Crusades, at least in part; one that celebrates not purifying violence or blinding hate but mercy, moderation, understanding, reason, compromise. And he portrays Saladin and his cavalry commander as worthy foes and honorable men, which they apparently were. He should be praised.

Trask also thinks that the battle sequences "are as thrilling (but more realistic) as the sieges of Helm’s Deep and Minis Tirith in the Ring movies", with which I heartily agree!


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