Thursday, August 20, 2009

More Movie Heraldry, Part 3 of 3

Okay, it’s time for Part Three of our three-part series on heraldry in the movies. In this part, we are presenting a few movies in which the heraldry was, for the greatest part very good. Very few movies manage to get it all right, but these come far closer than most. Once again, the movies are listed in no particular order.

Fire Over England (1937) starring Laurence Olivier. There was some nice (and appropriate) use of heraldry.

The Black Knight (1954) starring Alan Ladd. I know, I know! Especially given the date of its production, it surprised me, too! But the heraldry in this movie is, for the most part, pretty decent.

The Sea Hawk (1940) starring Errol Flynn. Heraldry – most of it pretty decent heraldry – abounds.

Knights of the Round Table (1953) starring Robert Taylor. The heraldry in general was pretty good. Although Mordred bears a unicorn which was taken right out of one of A.C. Fox-Davies’ books.

Luther (2003) starring Joseph Fiennes. There’s some nice accurate use of heraldry.

The Three Musketeers (1993) starring Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, Oliver Platt, and Chris O’Donnell. The arms of France and Navarre are prominently displayed, and used well.

Richard III (1955) starring Laurence Olivier. The heraldry throughout the film is very well done, with its use of arms, standards, badges, and the heraldic cloak.

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