History

Black Gold (1947) Phil Karlson, Anthony Quinn, Katherine DeMille, ‘Ducky’ Louie, Drama, History, Sport

Black Gold (1947)
In the early 1920s, in the desert near the Texas-Mexico border, Charley Eagle (Anthony Quinn), is Indian who owns a small, hardscrabble ranch and is training a horse, “Black Hope,”. He thinks that the horse is capable of running in, and winning, the Kentucky Derby. Charley runs into a young Chinese boy, David Chung (‘Ducky’ Louie), whose father has been killed by a smuggling gang, while pretending to help him enter the United States illegally. Charlie takes the young boy back to his small ranch, where Charley and his wife, Sarah (Katherine DeMille) adopt him. His plans for “Black Hope” go awry but oil is discovered on his land and this intensifies his dreams that “Black Gold” (Highland Dale,) the colt of “Black Hope” can do what his sire couldn’t do. The end frame of the film reads:”Suggested by the winning of the 1924 Kentucky Derby by the horse “Black Gold.”

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King Richard and the Crusaders (1954) David Butler, Rex Harrison, Virginia Mayo, George Sanders, Adventure, History, Romance

King Richard and the Crusaders (1954)
In 1191, King Richard the Lionhearted, along with several other European monarchs, is in the Holy Land intent on retaking Jerusalem from the Saracens. There is much infighting and outright treachery in the European encampment encampment however. Two nobles in particular, Sir Giles Amaury and Conrad of Montferrat, want to eliminate the English king and attempt to have him assassinated. Severely wounded and on his death bed, Richard is brought back to health by a Saracen doctor recruited by one of his loyal knights, Sir Kenneth of the Leopard. The king recovers from his wounds but when he hears that Sir Lawrence wishes to marry Lady Edith Plantagenet, the knight is banished only to be taken in by the very doctor who treated the king and who has an altogether different identity.

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Abuna Messias / Cardinal Messias (1939) Goffredo Alessandrini, Camillo Pilotto, Enrico Glori, Mario Ferrari, Drama, History, War

Abuna Messias (1939)
The film takes place at the end of the 19th century. The Cardinal Guglielmo Massaia has spent 20 years in Ethiopia to convert people to the Catholic Church. He comes back to Italy and he tries to get the help of the government of Piedmont. The Count Cavour, although he appreciates the Cardinal’s deeds in Africa, cannot grant his Cabinet’s support to the Cardinal’s plans. The missionary man, trusting the Divine Providence, goes back to Africa by himself. The Cardinal, who is known among the people as Abuna Messias, becomes a friend of king Menelik. The support of the king is fundamental to spread his word and accomplish his mission. The Head of the Coptic Church, Abuna Attanasio, does whatever he can to prevent Massaia from reaching his goals and to get him exiled from Ethiopia. Menelik refuses to help Abuna Attanasio, who decides to address the Emperor, thus igniting a war between the Emperor and his subject Menelik.

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I cento cavalieri (1964) Vittorio Cottafavi, Mark Damon, Antonella Lualdi, Gastone Moschin, Adventure, Drama, History

I cento cavalieri (1964)
Intorno all’anno 1000, un paese della Castiglia viene occupato da un gruppo di guerrieri arabi che approfittano in questo modo di una tregua intercorsa tra i mori e l’esercito cristiano. All’inizio simulano intenzioni pacifiche, ma ben presto dimostrano uccidendo l’alcalde che il loro obiettivo è assoggettare la città. La popolazione, fino a quel momento non avvezza a imprese belliche, abbandona le case e nomina suo capo Don Gonzalo. Inizia così una guerriglia contro gli occupanti che prosegue con alterne vicende e si conclude vittoriosamente grazie all’apporto di un gruppo di cavalieri. Alla fine, cacciati i mori, l’ordine regnerà sul villaggio.

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