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Tristan + Isolde (2006)
Germany / English
"Before Romeo & Juliet, there was... "
An affair between the second in line to Britain's throne (Franco) and the princess of the feuding Irish (Myles) spells doom for the young lovers.
James Franco Tristan
Sophia Myles Isolde
Rufus Sewell Marke
David O'Hara Donnchadh (as David Patrick O'Hara)
Mark Strong Wictred
Henry Cavill Melot
Bronagh Gallagher Bragnae
Ronan Vibert Bodkin
Lucy Russell Edyth
JB Blanc Leon
Graham Mullins Morholt
Leo Gregory Simon
Dexter Fletcher Orick
Richard Dillane Aragon
Hans Martin Stier Kurseval (as Hans Martin-Stier)
Director: Kevin Reynolds
Producer: Moshe Diamant,Lisa Ellzey,Giannina Facio,Elie Samaha
Writer: Dean Georgaris
A Timeless Love Tale Beautifully Retold!
One of the great love stories from the medieval courtly romances, "Tristan and Isolde" has received many different treatments from medieval poets such as Gottfried of Strasbourg to the haunting opera by the nineteenth-century German composer Ricard Wagner. In each of the versions of the story, there are new and different plot details in this tragic love story.

In Kevin Reynolds' film adaptation, the most intriguing new twist from the traditional story is the way in which Tristan and Isolde meet. In this version, Tristan is given up for dead following a battle in Cornwall and washes ashore in Ireland in a boat only to be discovered by Isolde. She then uses her magical herbs to cure him. In Gottfried's medieval tale, the two young people drink a love potion from a goblet of wine. In this film, the young people fall instantly in love without any need of an elixir.

In two touching performances, the young lovers are played by James Franco and Sophia Myles. Their on-screen chemistry is electric, and their scenes together are filmed effectively by Reynolds in beautiful location settings. The film also explores themes of medieval chivalry and honor. Rufus Sewell delivers an excellent performance as King Mark caught in the love triangle that recalls the famous story of King Arthur, Lancelot, and Guineviere.

There are also great action sequences in "Tristan and Isolde," including battles, tournaments, and medieval siege warfare. But the most memorable scenes are the intimate moments with Tristan and Isolde. Their fateful meeting and the unfolding of their relationship make this film worthwhile for audiences both familiar with the legend and for those being introduced to this timeless love story for the first time.

Seen it:Nej
Nr of disks/tapes:1
Storage device:Divx 1
Imdb rating: 7.1
Musician: Anne Dudley
Running time: 125 min
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Last modified: 2007-07-18 22:31:3