When I was a kid I remember seeing Ivanhoe — starring Robert Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor, and Joan Fontaine — when I was home sick from school. The jousting scene was the first time I had witnessed any kind of jousting and it’s stuck with me ever since.
As my involvement in medieval historical reenactment grew, it became harder to look at medieval films without a critical eye. While Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven was no exception, I found myself thoroughly enjoying it. The story — involving Liam Neeson and Orlando Bloom on a 12th-century crusade — was engaging and I found myself overlooking many of its inaccuracies.
- Ivanhoe (USA) 1952, Warner Home Video
- List price: $19.97
- Kingdom of Heaven (USA/England) 2005, Twentieth Century Fox
- List price: $19.99
Joel Hill, Scoring judge, Tournament of the Phoenix