Vikings – we all love them but how much is lore? They never had helmets with horns. They settled areas instead of just raiding. Viking royalty sites on the English throne. Before we get into this Viking Fest lest look at their histgory (history + gory) as I understand it. The Vikings began raiding out of what is now Norway, Sweden, and Denmark around 790AD. From this date to Battle of Hastings in 1066 is generally considered the end of the Viking Age. It is my understanding that the best Vikings come from Norway (personal opinion). The Vikings sailed from Russia, giving the country its’ name, to the new world, to the Mediterranean Sea and maybe further. They sieged and took the Medieval island fortress of Pairs and defeated one of Charlemagne grandsons. They were given a piece of land on the coast of France across from England. This land is called Normandy for the original word for Northmen. The first leader was Rollo, yes of the TV showing Vikings he was real). Somehow they figure they were inline to the kingship of England. Around 1028AD a bastard child named William was born to Robert I, a descendant of Rollo. Robert decided he would make a trip to the Holy Land and set off to die leaving his only male heir unprotected. With his father dead, William the Bastard had to face murder attempts and rebellion.In spite of the odds, he survived and took control
Over in England King Edward the Confessor died childless and Harold Godwinson was crowned king. King Harold III of Norway claimed the throne and invaded England from the north. Harold of Norway was beaten at the Battle of Stamford Bridge. Harold Godwinson when south to face the challenge from William the Bastard. They met on Oct. 16th, 1066 in what may be the most important day in the history of the English language. William the Bastard won the battle and became known as William the Conqueror as King of England. The people William beat were Germanic Saxons and he and his were Normans. So this is where you get all that Norman pigs and Saxon dogs stuff from The Adventures of Robin Hood (1948). Plus all the crusading to the Holy Land such as Kingdom of Heaven (2005). This is also tied to Henry V running around and trying to capture his French territories and Saint Joan (1957) trying to chase the English out of France.
To take this just one step further, when the Anglo Army was getting ready to attack the Germans (Saxons) in France during World War II, the Germans thought they would come ashore at Pas-de-Calis. However, the allies returned to spot where the last successful invasion of England came from, Normandy which you will hear about in The Longest Day (1962) and other World War II movies.
So I hope you enjoy this Viking Fest.
The Long Ships (1964) – Episode 23
Welcome to Episode 22 – The Long Ships (1964). We are still following the Lionel Jeffries line. This movie is about Vikings so I love it no matter what. With big stars such as Richard Widmark and Sidney Poitier, it’s hard to go wrong. But they did seem to go wrong a great deal. Poitier said, “To say it was disastrous is a compliment.” Richard Widmark played the role of Viking Rolfe, son of Krok. He was really too old for this role and turned it down a few times. He finally agreed when that cast his good friend Sidney Poitier. Widmark has always fascinated me as an actor. He burst into movies playing angry and psychotic anti-heroes. However, in all of his roles, he seemed like he was cranked off. Is this good acting or was he really a mean guy? Widmark was born in Minnesota and always had an interest in movies. Like so many, he attended college to become a lawyer but he was derailed by the… Continue reading The post The Long Ships (1964) – Episode 23 appeared first on Classic Movie Reviews - Snarky. […]
The Vikings (1958) – Episode 18
Welcome to Episode 18 – The Vikings (1958). We are currently working on the Janet Leigh line. Go to my website at snarkymoviereviews.com to find all of the twitter, Facebook, and other social media links. If you like what you hear pop on over to iTunes and give me a review. This movie is a nice little period piece but it’s a little strange in the treatment of the women characters. The story is interesting and has enough twists and turns. The on-location shooting is visibly striking and the actors are some of the top in the business. The role of Ragnor was played by Ernest Borgnine. Borgnine was the child of Italian immigrants. After graduating from high school in Connecticut Borgnine joined the Navy. He stayed in the service for 10 years leaving at the end of WWII. His mother suggested that he try acting and well, you should always listen to mamma. His first role was as a male nurse in Harvey (1950). He moved to Hollywood and… Continue reading The post The Vikings (1958) – Episode 18 appeared first on Classic Movie Reviews - Snarky. […]
NMM 3 – The Vikings
Nantan Movie Minute 3 – The Vikings. A couple of classic Viking movies – The Long Ships (1964) and The Vikings (1959). Vikings – A word that sets off a sense of wonderment in the imagination of any true American. They were possibly the first Europeans to visit North America. Vikings are resurging in popular culture with the success of the History Channel’s Vikings. This TV shows follows Ragner Lothbrook on his adventures. However, there are a couple of classic movies that cover the same subject with interesting twists. The first of these is The Long Ships (1964). The Long Ships cast Richard Widmark as hard charging Viking Rolfe in an epic struggle with Sidney Poitier as a Moor. Both men want to obtain the Mother of All Voices, a solid golden bell that is located in the Pillars of Hercules, today known as the Straits of Gibraltar. They go on their quest with Russ Tamblyn along as Orm. Russ adds excitement with his acrobatic moves. You may remember Russ from Westside… Continue reading The post NMM 3 – The Vikings appeared first on Classic Movie Reviews - Snarky. […]