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Kingdom of Heaven is a epic film, directed and produced by Ridley Scott, and written by William Monahan. At story's end, Balian is back in his French village. to the soundtrack of Ridley Scott's earlier film Gladiator and many other . Thanks to their close relationship to Sibylla's half-sister and successor. Kingdom of Heaven soundtrack, music by composer Harry Gregson-Williams. Q: What's the song playing at the very end of the movie, where Balian returns to. Kingdom of Heaven is the soundtrack to Ridley Scott motion picture of the same name. de Miraval, Chansoneta farai Vencut – Occitan troubadour lyric of the early thirteenth century, used in the closing scene, and in the Director's Cut.
Whole sequences and sub-plots were not included in the Theatrical Cut. This changes with the Director's Cut, which is also closer to the history the movie is based on. Among the new scenes, the re-integration of Sybilla's son into the plot is the most important one. After King Baldwin IV's death, he becomes king and contracts leprosy.
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He is then killed by his mother, who does not want him to have the same fate as her brother, who suffered from leprosy as well. In the Theatrical Cut, the child wasn't even mentioned because the producers had tried to crop down the movie to the ideal running time of minutes. Ridely Scott, however, has always been of the opinion that the removal of that scene was a mistake. The scene is just too important for a deeper understanding of why Sybilla decided to support her husband although she hated him so much.
The scene in France from the beginning of the movie has also been enhanced significantly. Bailan's motives to follow his father Godfrey to the holy land are explained in more detail in the Director's Cut. The viewers now learn that the priest from the funeral of Bailan's wife is in fact Bailan's brother.
Godfrey's kinship with the lord of the manor makes his relationship with Bailan's mother appear in a different light, too.
Together with Bailan's enhanced conversation, which give important background information about his past, these extended scenes from the first act help to understand the development of the story. This was one of the main problems of the Theatrical Cut, which very often seemed unlogical.
Especially, Bailan's talent for dealing with the council of war is not a mystery anymore. Other new scenes deal with the relationship of Bailan and Sybilla and focus more on her husband Guy and her brother.
Moreover, the movie had to be cropped to get an R-rating. Some scenes were too violent and had to be shortened. In other scenes the blood had to be retouched. The censorship was similar to the one in "King Arthur". I will combine several cuts to one block each. I hope that this will make reading the report easier. Especially, when it comes to alternative cuts and scenes.
Nobody has to worry, though. The total length of all changes will be as precise as always. Less important cuts will be mentioned without pictures and in a smaller type size. The "real" censorship, i. The changes were made because I had to face the challenge to combine about differences to a coherent and enjoyable read. The Director's Cut is The differences can be devided into different and additional scenes. In France Since the movie is shown as a road show, an overture is shown before the opening logo.
Here, the screen is black and music is played. This scene hardly contains any dialog in the Theatrical Cut, wheras the Director's Cut offers more information. One of the grave diggers, whom one can later also see in Jerusalem, says to the priest, "She denied the cross for suicide and is buried at the center of a crossroad. Show me the logic. The priest does not leave any doubt that he does not like grave diggers and ends the conversation at its very beginning.
After Geoffrey's Crusaders have passed, Geoffrey's squire comes back and gives the priest some money in the name of his master. The money is for the funeral and a mass in honor of the dead. When the priest orders the grave diggers to behead the woman who comitted suicide, the viewers learn from one of the men that the woman is the wife of the priest's sister; but the priest does not care.
In total, the Director's Cut is 55 seconds longer. In the meantime, the priest is talking to the bishop in front of the castle. The scene with Godfrey is shown a bit later in the Theatrical Cut, shortly before they meet Bailan. The priest asks whether the bishop has talked with his brother and wants him to be released from prison.
The priest is against it because he thinks his brother is possessed by the devil. The bishop also asks about the funeral of his sister in law and whether she was mutilated as it is normally done to people who commit suicide.
He seems to feel akward asking that question. The priest lies and therefore, the bishop is releaved but also disappointed with the law and that Christanity does things Christ would have never done.
At the end the widower is released because the bishop needs him for the construction of his church. Then the priest gets some money for his brother and is told to tell him that he is the focus of the bishop's prayers. The priest smiles hypocritically, leaves and keeps the money for himself. He doesn't seem to care about his brother at all. Bailan is in his house and watches his pregnant wife in the garden. This bright scenery is followed by a shot of the sad widower in the prison. Between the two, the cut is hardly visible.
We now learn that Bailan is the brother of the priest and that his wife is the woman that commited suicide and was beheaded on the street as the result. Bailan is released from prison but his brother is not happy about it. Godfrey eats dinner with his brother, who is the lord of the castle. They talk about muslims, the war lord Saladin and the role of knights and the clergy. Both agree that those roles are better not to be mixed up and refer to the hospitaler, who follows Godfrey, as a bad example.
When they change the topic to Bailan and his dead wife, who lost a child, Bailan's brother, who sits in the background, takes notice. When Godfrey leaves the table, we learn that he is a baron from Jerusalem, who apparently does not have heirs.
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His brother and the brother's son could benefit from that. Bailan prays at the crossing where his wife was buried.
His brother comes and lies again by telling him that he wouldn't know the exact place of the grave under the snow because he was not present at the burial. Bailan stays calm even after his brother asks him to call him a lier. Bailan just does not respond. The priest slabs his face but Bailan remains calm.
Back in his house and the blacksmith's shop he continues his work the next morning. But before that he burns the clothes of the baby, which were still in his house.
In the Director's Cut, the hospitaler offers his condolences to Bailan in some re-cut and new scenes. Then we learn more about Bailan's past. He is also a war veteran. During the war he worked as an engineer. Furthermore, Bailan's brother seems a bit clumsy in front of the Crusaders and not as strong as in front of his brother alone.
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An interesting scene from the Director's Cut is the one where Godfrey looks down a hillside and reminisces about Bailan's mother. Eventually, there is also a scene that is shorter in the Director's Cut. When Godfrey gets to know from the hospitaler what happened to Balian's wife, this scene is shorter because at that point the information is already known in the Director's Cut. Including the re-cut, the Director's Cut is 97 seconds longer. When Godfrey talks to Bailan, he says that God created his men to make them suffer the most, whereas he offers his condolences in the Theatrical Cut.
After that, Godfrey's confession is different in each version. In the Theatrical Cut he says he loved Bailan's mother, in his way, but in a real way. He, furthermore, stresses again that he is Bailan's father. In the Director's Cut, however, love is not mentioned.
Godfrey says that he did not have a choice because he was the brother of the lord of the manor. In both versions he adds that he did not force either of them to do anything. Including the re-cut, the Director's Cut is only 1 seconds longer.
Regarding Ridley Scott's claim, it can really only be attributed to a lack of research on his part. Sibylla Eva Green claims that she married Guy de Lusignan when she was In reality, she was 20 or 21 when she married him in She was 17 when she married her first husband, William Longsword of Montferrat, in This mistake seems most likely attributable to careless writing on the part of William Monahan. The film is unequivocal in its assertion that Sibylla was deeply unhappy in her marriage to Guy de Lusignan.
Whilst the film is accurate that the marriage was arranged by Sibylla's mother, Agnes of Courtenay, it is inaccurate in its depiction of the relationship as being entirely loveless. As the Engineer's Guide text commentary on the 4-disc DVD explains, all evidence suggests that Sibylla and Guy were devoted to one another, and had an extremely loving relationship; they even had two children.
Indeed, Eva Green herself confirms this in the MovieReal: Nancy Caciola in the Creative Accuracy: In relation to this point however, it is interesting to note that on their commentary tracks, both director Ridley Scott and writer William Monahan posit that the film's representation of the relationship is accurate, despite the claims of Green, Caciola and the text commentary.
In actuality, so devoted to Guy was Sibylla that she was the very person who ensured he rise to the position of King-Consort. Prior to his death, Baldwin IV had decreed that should Baldwin V die in his youth, the new leader of Jerusalem was to be either Sibylla or her sister Isabella a character not included in the film. It seemed as if Isabella was set to become Queen until her husband, Humphrey IV of Toron, betrayed her and threw his support behind Sibylla, who was subsequently crowned Queen by Patriarch Eraclius unnamed in the movie; played by Jon Finch.
However, her ascension to the throne had been upon the condition that she annul her marriage to Guy, as the court didn't trust him, and didn't want him to be in such an authoritative position as King-Consort. Sibylla agreed, but only if she was allowed to name her own consort after attaining the throne. This was agreed to, but after being crowned, and much to the horror of the court, Sibylla freely chose Guy. This is in contradistinction to the film, where Guy blackmails and bullies her into choosing him as consort.
Whilst it could be argued that this alteration was done for the purposes of the narrative, insofar as it creates more sympathy for Sibylla and enhances Guy's role as villain, Monahan's claim on the commentary track makes this impossible. His comments about how the film is accurate in its depiction of a loveless relationship seems to imply that he has ignored much historical evidence whilst composing the screenplay.
As such, this error exists primarily because of poor research rather than as a conscious decision on the part of the filmmakers. Building on the point above, although Balian and Sibylla were indeed united in the defense of Jerusalem against Saladin Ghassan Massoudno romantic relationship ever existed between the two.
Interestingly however, The Old French Continuation by William of Tyre claims that Sibylla had been infatuated with Balian's older brother, Baldwin a character not in the filmalthough there is no solid historical evidence to support this claim. It seems likely that this legend may have been behind the film's depiction of a love-affair between Sibylla and a member of the Ibelin family, but again, Ridley Scott makes another false claim on his commentary track that Sibylla and Balian were "probably involved"; another claim refuted by the Engineer's Guide text commentary on the 4-disc DVD, which points out that this aspect of the story is entirely fictional.
In any case, the creation of the romance between these two characters was obviously done for dramatic effect and to appeal to audience expectations.
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They didn't unify untilover one hundred years after the time of the film. It is difficult to attribute this error to anything other than either a lack of adequate research or carelessness on the part of the art department.
There was never a cavalry charge at Kerak, as is shown in the film. Instead, there was a siege, not unlike the siege of Jerusalem itself. As writer William Monahan explains in his DVD commentary, in the screenplay the battle existed as it really happened, without the cavalry charge. The reason it was changed from a huge battle to a smaller scale scene was because the production didn't have the money to stage the battle, and so director Ridley Scott altered the dynamics of the scene so as to make it more affordable.
This error seems attributable simply to careless writing on the part of William Monahan. Tiberias informs Balian that if he agrees, Guy will be executed, as will any of his Knights who don't swear allegiance to Balian. The film implies that the plan has been concocted by Baldwin, Tiberias and Sibylla in an effort to ensure Guy never becomes King.
This entire plot is fictional. Baldwin did try to ensure Guy never become King by asking Sibylla to annul her marriage to him, but she refused, and there is no evidence to suggest that Baldwin ever made such an offer to Balian.Chansoneta farai vencut (Kingdom of Heaven, Ridley Scott, full version)
As with many of the historical inaccuracies listed in this section, this fictional plot line was most likely created so as to enhance characterization.
As the protagonist, Balian is a fundamentally honorable man, and nowhere is that more in evidence than in his refusal to adopt this plan due to its dishonorable connotations. Again, an alteration of history has been made for narrative expediency and the purposes of characterization. In reality, Baldwin V was named co-king of Jerusalem by Baldwin IV in one year before the movie begins and they reigned together until The nine-year-old Baldwin V then reigned alone until Additionally, Baldwin V died of unknown causes in Acre in ; there is no evidence whatsoever to suggest that he had leprosy or that his mother Sibylla euthanized him, as is seen in the film something acknowledged by William Monahan in the Creative Accuracy: As regards Sibylla's euthanizing of Baldwin, there can be little doubt that this came about so as to show the inherent strength and bravery of her character.
There is no evidence that Guy de Lusignan tried to have Balian murdered. On the contrary, after Sibylla chose Guy as her consort, Balian took up a position as Guy's chief advisor, although they were still divided on many matters and distrusted one another. Again, this plot was obviously created so as to enhance the inherent strength of Balian and to make him seem more heroic and indestructible in the face of his enemies.
When the assassins attack Balian, they are wearing white surcoats with black crosses. This was the dress of the Teutonic Knights, an order not formally organized untilover ten years after the time of the movie.
This error can only be attributed to a lack of adequate research or carelessness on the part of the art department. Although the film's depiction of Guy de Lusignan is accurate in many ways, towards the end of the film, his character becomes greatly divorced from the historical reality.
Just prior to the Battle of Hattin a series of scenes imply that Guy blackmails Sibylla to make him her consort, sends assassins to kill Balian, orders Raynald to provoke Saladin into starting a war, and then kills Saladin's official messenger Karim Salehbefore personally calling for the army to be assembled and go on the offensive against Saladin.
None of this is accurate. Firstly, Sibylla freely chose him as her consort much to the chagrin of the court. Secondly, there is no evidence to suggest he hired anyone to kill Balian. Thirdly, although he and Raynald had worked together in the past to disrupt Saladin's caravans, Guy knew that now was not the time for war with Saladin, who could raise a much larger army than could the Christians, and there is evidence that Guy actually demanded Raynald cease provoking Saladin entirely.
Fourthly, the scene where Guy kills the messenger and calls for war is entirely fictitious; no such event ever took place. Finally, Guy never went on the offensive against Saladin; the Christians stance in the Battle of Hattin was primarily defensive.
The "inaccurate" depiction of Guy is discussed by Prof. Hamid Dabashi in the Creative Accuracy: The Scholars Speak featurette on the 4-Disc DVD, and again, there is a simple reason for these discrepancies to exist in William Monahan's script; Guy is the ostensible villain of the piece and all of these scenes work well to that effect.
In the film, Tiberias doesn't participate in the Battle of Hattin. In reality however, Raymond III of Tripoli was very much involved; indeed, he was one of the few Christians to survive.
The film also has Balian avoid the battle by remaining behind in Jerusalem so as to strengthen its defenses. However, whilst Raynald was executed and Guy used as a figure of mockery as is accurately depicted in the filmBalian was allowed to return to Jerusalem by Saladin, but only with the promise that he would never take up arms against Muslims again.
Upon arriving back in the city however, the people pleaded with Balian to defend them from Saladin. Balian had intended to keep his word to his adversary, but the appeals of the people so moved him that he had a letter sent to Saladin explaining the situation and advising Saladin that he would fight in the upcoming battle. Admiring Balian's honor, Saladin gave Balian his permission to again bear arms. Balian's journey is only beginning, and increasingly arduous, it appears, by the minute, involving a shipwreck and a desert encounter with a couple of turf-conscious Muslims.
One ends up dead Balian is a skilled killer for a blacksmith while the other, Nasir Alexander Siddigends up impressed enough by the kid's athleticism and generosity he gives up a horse to pledge his lifelong friendship.
That, and, Balian's reputation will spread far and wide -- he's to be known as the lapsed Christian who doesn't discriminate against Muslims, quite the rarity in these parts. Once in Jerusalem, Balian earns further favor, from his now deceased dad's advisor, the Marshall of Jerusalem Tiberias Jeremy Ironsand a spiritual counselor and military aide called the Hospitaler David Thewlis.
While Balian appreciates their counsel, he also has a certain fierce dedication to a promise he made to his rapist father, to protect the helpless. In this case, and not for lack of other options, these will be denizens of Jerusalem, endangered by the ambitious, warmongering king to be, Guy de Lusignan Marton Csokasand his vile ally Reynald de Chatillon Brendan Gleeson.
It happens in this fictionalized history that Guy's young and freckled wife Sibylla Eva Green falls in love or lust with Balian, supposedly because he seems so moral compared to Guy "My wife does not lament my absences," he sneersbut really because Balian needs a sex scene in his epic, brief as it may be passionate kiss, body parts close ups, fade to black -- at times like these, you're feeling nostalgic for Angelina Jolie's vamping with child and snakes.
With you, I shall be only Sibylla. But alas Sibylla's unable to do manage much more than this brief visitation and then a few reaction shots from the city walls as she watches Balian go forth into dusty battle.
Serving primarily as property for Guy and distraction for Balian, she's rather boringly similar to Helen of Troy in Troy she even resembles Diane Krugera point of contention so the men can get on with their manly stuff.