Theme From El Cid

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Something for the weekend.  The forgiveness song from El Cid (1961).  I have always loved this retelling of the legend of El Campeador, starring Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren, who purportedly despised each other during the filming.  I think the etchings of the intro capture something of the spirit of believing Spain, always waiting for the next great Crusade.

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Here is my favorite sequence from the film:

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5 Responses to Theme From El Cid

  • PM says:

    Pure souls and majestic sounds of the pipe organ and hooves versus lost souls and contrived electronic sounds and motors seems like a way to describe the difference between cultures of life and death.

  • Penguins Fan says:

    I made a long post about this two years ago – thanx for the link, Mr. McClarey, so I won’t repeat myself.

    My wife’s ancestors are from Spain, and mine are from Poland – countries on the opposite sides of Europe, yet both Catholic (at least Spain was) and both fought off Muslim invaders.

    I have to watch El Cid sometime. I wish there was a movie about the Battle of Vienna.

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