What To See This Weekend: 5 Historical Blockbusters

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What To See This Weekend: 5 Historical Blockbusters
What To See This Weekend: 5 Historical Blockbusters

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Text: Vasily Milovidov

THE WEEKEND IS HARDEST TO SOLVE TWO KEY THINGS: what to cook and what to see. So that you do not rush for a long time, sorting through the lists of the best by genre, author or year, we have compiled a recipe for the perfect vacation. Here are five historical action games that will turn your weekend into a thrilling adventure.

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Duelists

The Duellists, 1977

The era of the Napoleonic wars. Gusar d'Huber (Keith Carradine) is tasked with arresting Hussar Feraud (Harvey Keitel) for killing the Strasbourg mayor's nephew in a duel. Since the arrest takes place in the lady's house, Feraud is offended and challenges D'Hubert to a duel. As a result, their fight will last for several decades, because every time circumstances will prevent one from finishing off the other. Notable film debut at the time of the successful advertising director Ridley Scott, for which he even received a prize in Cannes. The film's plot is loosely based on a Joseph Conrad story, but in fact Scott, of course, was more inspired by Stanley Kubrick's "Barry Lyndon", from which he essentially removed social satire and left only duels.

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The last of the Mohicans

The Last of the Mohicans, 1992

1757, France and Great Britain fight for the American colonies. Two daughters of the English colonel are trying to kidnap the Indians serving the French. Chingachgook, his son Uncas and adopted white son Nathaniel Hawkeye (Daniel Day-Lewis) come to the rescue of the girls. An unusual project for director Michael Mann, which even in its most insane moments (like the film "Fortress" about the battle of the Nazis with demons) never went so far into the past. The film is loosely based on the novel by James Fenimore Cooper, but more closely refers to the 1936 film - Mann considered the original book extremely lousy. The output was an absolutely masterful, opera-scale adventure film, in which the director still managed to insert a couple of exciting shootings, although the heroes have only single-shot powder guns.

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13th warrior

The Baghdad poet Ahmed ibn Fadlan (Antonio Banderas) is exiled as an ambassador to the north for an affair with other people's wives. On the way, he is attacked by nomads, from whom the Vikings save him. Thus, Fadlan unexpectedly finds himself in the legend of Beofulf and with twelve other warriors must go to defend the neighboring kingdom from the invasion of corpse eaters. The best action director of the 80s and 90s, John McTiernan (Die Hard, The Predator), and the ridiculous action star of the decade, Antonio Banderas, made one of the biggest failures in Hollywood history towards the end of the millennium. The film was filmed with great difficulty from the book of the author of "Jurassic Park" Michael Crichton, scolded by both critics and audiences and collected almost nothing at the box office. However, of all the failures of the 90s, it now seems one of the most noble, exciting and original.

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Gangs of new york

Gangs of New York, 2002

1846, New York. In the Battle of the Five Streets gangs, the Native American nominee, the Butcher Bill (Daniel Day-Lewis), kills the Wallon Priest, the leader of the immigrants. This is witnessed by the young son of Wallon (Leonardo DiCaprio), who, after leaving the orphanage 16 years later, infiltrates Bill's entourage and begins to plan revenge. Scorsese dreamed of filming The Gangs since the 70s, when he read the history book of the same name by Herbert Osbury. As a result, the film itself was in work for three years, the director had a long fight with the Weinstein producers because of the timing and general style. At the exit, it turned out, in places, a strange, but unique epic, which marked the beginning of the next creative peak in Scorsese's career.

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Apocalypse

Apocalypto, 2006

XV century. A small village on the Yucatan Peninsula is attacked by another tribe and captures the inhabitants to be sacrificed to the gods later. A hunter named Jaguar Paw manages to escape, and he goes to the rescue of his pregnant wife and young son.The fourth film by Mel Gibson, shot by him shortly after the sensational "Passion of Christ" and at the very beginning of his problems with the law, alcohol and anti-Semitism. Filmed in one of the Mayan languages, Apocalypse is essentially a big bloody chase; in a sense it is "Mad Max", only without cars and firearms. Gibson's personality can be viewed in many ways, as well as his apparent passion for violence (which is over the edge in this film), but the film is nonetheless one of the most powerful visual performances in cinema of the 2000s.

Photos: The Last of the Mohicans - Morgan Creek Productions, The Duellists - Paramount Pictures, Gangs of New York - Miramax, Apocalypto - Icon Entertainment International, The 13th Warrior - Touchstone Pictures

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