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18 November 2007 @ 08:07 pm
Strange what Firefly leads you to...  
I was watching Shindig again, as one does, and was all kinds of amused at Mal's totally inept duelling methods.

Of course this led to thoughts of how much I love sword fight movies...

My love of sword fight movies ranges from Errol Flynn & Basil Rathbone to Keith Carradine and Harvey Keitel in the Duellists and back again. I've seen them all and love even the bad ones. I could safely say that I could, and would, watch anything with a sword fight in it...

Some of my all-time favourites are:- "The Court Jester", Danny Kaye and Basil Rathbone (it's so funny and a great sword fight too); "The Princess Bride" (of course), who could forget the sword fights in that?; "Crouching tiger, Hidden dragon"; "Highlander" , the 1st movie and the series; "The three musketeers", 1970s version and the movie depicted above *points at icon*. Can you name it?

I could go on and on and on...but I won't :) instead I'll leave you with two sword fights from the opposite ends of the spectrum, but no less wonderful for that :D

Scaramouche - Stewart Granger and Mel Ferrer showcase the art.

Jet li in Fearless, which combines two of my loves - ie. Swordfights and martial arts :D The ending is a bit bloody so don't watch if that upsets you...

Current Mood: amusedamused
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bookaddict43: swordsmanbookaddict43 on November 19th, 2007 10:25 am (UTC)
Yay! And Vae wins! *cheers*

I love this movie so much. The human scenery was so beautiful and I can still hear Leo McKern's voice. Of course I love the sword fight and the animals too.
clever comment goes here: malwash wtfanxiety_junkie on November 18th, 2007 03:15 pm (UTC)
Dammit, Vae beat me to it! That is one of my favorite movies of all time. Except for the music; who told the producers that guitar rock is the perfect accompaniment to a movie set in the Middle Ages? *rolls eyes*
bookaddict43: swordsmanbookaddict43 on November 19th, 2007 10:28 am (UTC)
*grins at you* It's one of my favourites too. As soon as it came out on DVD I bought it :)

The music is weird, it really needed something more haunting I thought.
artemis_primeartemis_prime on November 18th, 2007 03:28 pm (UTC)
Ladyhawke? Yeah I remember that and thinking how cool of a movie it was back in the 80s(yes, I just dated myself). But my first reaction upon seeing your icon was that it was from Excalibur.

And I agree. Good sword fights are wonderful to watch. Even though I wasn't crazy about the new trilogy, there were some excellent Star Wars fight scenes - Ep 1 with Qui Gon, Obi Wan and Darth Maul (with wicked cool music); Ep 3 between Obi Wan and Anakin.
bookaddict43: kayleegirlbookaddict43 on November 19th, 2007 10:31 am (UTC)
Well if you dated yourself, I did too! And Excalibur was one of my likes too. Helen Mirren was great in that...

*grins* I often think my liking for the original Star Wars was because of the light saber fights!!
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bookaddict43: swordsmanbookaddict43 on November 19th, 2007 10:35 am (UTC)
Yay, I didn't think anyone shared my love for this sort of movie. I loved Helen Mirren in Exacibur, she was a very effective baddie! That's an excellent icon btw :D
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bookaddict43: swordsmanbookaddict43 on November 20th, 2007 10:30 am (UTC)
You have swords on your walls? Lucky thing *sighs*.

Yes me+graphics=failure, but yours are beautiful! I'm snagging some and will credit if used :D
Haychvunadiwai on November 22nd, 2007 10:36 am (UTC)
Oo-oo-oo! Iknowiknowiknow!...
But several people beat me to it LOL

Yeah luv Ladyhawke (adds to list of movies to find and dload to keep forever...)

And someone up there mentioned Excalibur - I have never seen it \O/ Have always wanted to tho. There's another one to go looking for :P
bookaddict43: swordsmanbookaddict43 on November 23rd, 2007 12:21 pm (UTC)
And someone up there mentioned Excalibur - I have never seen it you should see it! Though sometimes the acting is less than wonderful, Helen Mirren is such a great baddie and the sword fights are truly epic...