Thursday, 3 December 2009

A couple of images from the movie Alatriste

Has anyone seen this film? I have to admit from the clips I've seen it looks pretty good. These still images capture a certain something of the period and are tempting me but I'd like to hear from someone who has seen it.

7 comments:

Bluebear Jeff said...

I have not seen the film . . . but I agree that the stills look splendidly interesting.


-- Jeff

Here and now said...

Of course :) One of the best or may be the best movie about this period. My love and desire :D

Corporal_Trim said...

Haven't seen it, Ralphus. Come to think of it, I don't believe it got released in the US.

The book series by Perez-Reverte is excellent though. This one looks like it was based upon "The Sun over Breda". I read it not long ago. Not lengthy, but well worth a read, a gritty view of life in the Spanish tercios.

Steve

Ginzio and ILVJ said...

I have seen it, and I have to say that I was a bit disappointed in the fact that batle scenes where few and not very detailed. There was a good scene of mine warfare in the Flanders and the final combat scene with the French raiters and the tercio Alatriste was belonging to. In general was not a bad movie but could have been better.

Giovanni

Wienand Drenth said...

I have seen the movie a while ago and I liked it very much. One 'drawback' may be that the movie tries to deal with many subjects: there is the siege of Breda in 1624, the already mentioned battle of Rocroi in 1643, daily life in Spain, all the corruption and conspiracies at the Spanish court, etc. Having no good overview of characters, the last subject tended to be a bit confusing at times (who's who).

Ah, the very good point of the movie is that the Spanish speak Spanish, and the Dutch speak (old) Dutch.

Well worth seeing it!

Anonymous said...

They ran out of money towards the end of the shoot, despite it being 'the most expensive Spanish movie to date' etc. It is good in parts, Mortenson is good, as always, and it is worth watching for the detail over all. I haven't read the novels, yet.

Jorge P. de Freitas said...

I covered this subject in my blog here:
http://guerradarestauracao.wordpress.com/2008/10/16/um-pequeno-desvio-cinematografico-capitao-alatriste/
(in Portuguese - sorry for those who are as proficient in Portuguese as I am in Polish...).
The film is based on the novels from Arturo Pérez-Reverte "Capitán Alatriste" - not only "The Sun over Breda", but a couple of others as well. One must be familiarised with the series, otherwise the general plot can appear rather confusing. I liked the feeling of the period and the action scenes, not to mention the photography. On the minus side, the battle of Rocroy was a bit on the tiny side. A good, computerized, post-production could have solved the problem of the shortage of real men, horses and material.

Highly recommended, anyway.