Saturday, May 07, 2005

Kingdom of Heaven

Kingdom of Heaven | Ridley Scott

Orlando Bloom as Balian in 20th Century Fox's Kingdom of Heaven

Three words: It was pleasant

I really liked the Andalusian styled architecture of Sybille’s palace. The oriental motifs were simply resplendent. The oriental fascination with design and detail wasn’t left out in any manner; even the shields used by Balian’s rival army, showed miniature calligraphic inscriptions. I have to commend Scott on paying attention to oriental visual arts. Sybille’s clothes anyone ?

I’m glad it wasn’t a typical orientalist depiction of the east, vis-à-vis inferiority complex. For once, a Hollywood production brought out the better side of the cultural equation. A must see.


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