El Cid (film di Anthony Mann del 1961)

Tra gli anni cinquanta e sessanta Hollywood produceva i cosiddetti kolossal storici e Charlton Heston sembrava proprio perfetto per interpretarne i protagonisti. Nel 1961, diretto da Anthony Mann, veste i panni di EL CID, al secolo Rodrigo Diaz di Bivar, condottiero spagnolo che nell’undicesimo secolo unificò la Spagna, spodestando il dominio musulmano portato a termine ben 4 secoli dopo. Nel cast figurano inoltre Sophia Loren, Raf Vallone e Herbert Lom, quest’ultimo nelle vesti di Ben Youssuf, sanguinario moro assetato di potere.

I reami spagnoli sono colpiti dall’invasione dei mori capeggiati da Youssuf e Rodrigo Diaz di Bivar, un nobile spagnolo che, anziché uccidere 2 capi mori, li lascia andare venendo accusato di tradimento. Tra i 2 vi è Moutamin, un uomo leale che giura eterna amicizia a Rodrigo, investendolo col soprannome di Cid, ossia signore. Rodrigo ama Jimena, la bella figlia del campione del re Ferdinando e ne è corrisposto, ma dopo averlo ucciso, perché questi ha dato del bugiardo al padre, viene odiato da costei. Rodrigo riscatterà il proprio onore in un duello, sposerà Jimena, che in seguito lo riamerà e, dopo esser stato bandito dal re Alfonso, succeduto al defunto Ferdinando, attira la simpatia del popolo, fondando senza volere, un’invincibile armata, dando inizio ad un’eroica leggenda.

Un film epico, che in 3 ore racconta molto della storia senza disdegnare alcune licenze cinematografiche, EL CID è un evergreen.

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