The Crusades (1935) was a Adventure - Drama Film directed by Cecil B. DeMille and produced by Cecil B. DeMille.
An epic depiction of the Third Crusade, where a united force of countries embark on a mission to wrest Jerusalem from the hands of Saladin and his infidels. King Richard the Lionhearted leads the French, German, and English armies against the haughty Saladin. Hoping to gather more supplies, Richard offhandedly agrees to marry the daughter of a French ruler in an exchange for betrothal. By letting a proxy take part rather than in person, Richard scorns the woman who upon meeting he realizes is beautiful. Love conquers all when the two are finally joined, even as conquering armies enter Jerusalem.
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Academy Awards 1935 --- Ceremony Number 8 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Cinematography||Victor Milner||Nominated|
Saladin, Sultan of Islam: The Holy City of Allah.
Berengaria, Princess of Navarre: What if we call him Allah or God? Shall men fight because they travel different roads to him? There is only one God.
Alice, Princess of France: [after being told she must vacate her cabin on the ship for another royal lady] I am Alice of France, betrothed to King Richard. Who are you?
Berengaria, Princess of Navarre: I'm his wife.
Berengaria, Princess of Navarre: [Resisting Richard pulling her into her father's room] Let go of my wrist! You're hurting it.
Richard, King of England: Well stop pulling then.
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Director Cecil B. DeMille used the same sets from The Lives of a Bengal Lancer in this film.
Stuntman Jack Montgomery, who played a Christian cavalryman in the film, recalled in an interview the tension that existed between director Cecil B. DeMille and the dozens of stuntmen hired to do the battle scenes. The stuntmen resented what they saw as DeMille's cavalier attitude about safety, especially as several stuntmen had been injured, and several horses had been killed, because of what the stuntmen perceived as DeMille's indifference. At one point DeMille was standing on the parapets of the castle, yelling through his megaphone at the "combatants" gathered below. One of them, who had been hired for his expertise at archery, finally tired of DeMille's screaming at them, notched an arrow into his bow and fired it at DeMille's megaphone, the arrow embedding itself into the megaphone just inches from DeMille's head. DeMille quickly left the set and didn't come back for the rest of the day. For the rest of the picture, he never yelled at the stuntmen again.
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