Meine zehn liebsten Monumentalfilme

5. April 2015 at 18:03




„Are you not entertained? Are you not entertained? Is this not why you are here?”




Heute wird es ein wenig speziell. Anlässlich der Osterfeiertage gibt es nämlich eine Liste mit meinen zehn liebsten Monumentalfilmen. Diese epischen und oft überbordend und mehr als üppig ausgestatteten Filme sind ja geradezu prädestiniert für solche Feiertage und haben ihren ganz eigenen Charme. In diesem Sinne: frohe Ostern!





Land of the Pharaohs (1955)
Land of the Pharaohs poster Rating: 6.6/10 (2,394 votes)
Director: Howard Hawks
Writer: William Faulkner, Harry Kurnitz, Harold Jack Bloom
Stars: Jack Hawkins, Joan Collins, Dewey Martin, Alexis Minotis
Runtime: 105 min
Rated: Approved
Genre: Drama, History
Released: 1955-06-24
Plot: A captured architect designs an ingenious plan to ensure the impregnability of tomb of a self-absorbed Pharaoh, obsessed with the security of his next life.





El Cid (1961)
El Cid poster Rating: 7.3/10 (8,543 votes)
Director: Anthony Mann
Writer: Fredric M. Frank (story), Philip Yordan (screenplay), Fredric M. Frank (screenplay), Ben Barzman (screenplay)
Stars: Charlton Heston, Sophia Loren, Raf Vallone, Geneviève Page
Runtime: 182 min
Rated: Unrated
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Released: 1961-12-14
Plot: The fabled Spanish hero Rodrigo Diaz (a.k.a. El Cid) overcomes a family vendetta and court intrigue to defend Christian Spain against the Moors.





Quo Vadis (1951)
Quo Vadis poster Rating: 7.2/10 (8,560 votes)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy, Anthony Mann
Writer: John Lee Mahin (screen play), S.N. Behrman (screen play), Sonya Levien (screen play), Henryk Sienkiewicz (based on the novel by)
Stars: Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr, Leo Genn, Peter Ustinov
Runtime: 171 min
Rated: N/A
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Released: 1951-12-25
Plot: A fierce Roman general becomes infatuated with a beautiful Christian hostage and begins questioning the tyrannical leadership of the despot Emporer Nero.





Cleopatra (1963)
Cleopatra poster Rating: 7.0/10 (18,641 votes)
Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Rouben Mamoulian, Darryl F. Zanuck
Writer: Joseph L. Mankiewicz (screenplay), Ranald MacDougall (screenplay), Sidney Buchman (screenplay), Plutarch (histories), Suetonius (histories), Appian (histories), Carlo Mario Franzero (book)
Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Pamela Brown
Runtime: 192 min
Rated: Approved
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Released: 1963-07-31
Plot: Historical epic. The triumphs and tragedy of the Egyptian queen, Cleopatra.





The Thief of Bagdad (1940)
The Thief of Bagdad poster Rating: 7.6/10 (8,133 votes)
Director: Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell, Tim Whelan, Alexander Korda, Zoltan Korda, William Cameron Menzies
Writer: Miles Malleson (screen play and dialogue), Lajos Biró (scenario by), Miklós Rózsa (story)
Stars: Conrad Veidt, Sabu, June Duprez, John Justin
Runtime: 106 min
Rated: Not Rated
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Released: 1940-12-25
Plot: After being tricked and cast out of Bagdad by the evil Jaffar, King Ahmad joins forces with a thief named Abu to reclaim his throne, the city, and the Princess he loves.





The Ten Commandments (1956)
The Ten Commandments poster Rating: 7.9/10 (41,893 votes)
Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Writer: Dorothy Clarke Wilson (this work contains material from the book "Prince of Egypt"), J.H. Ingraham (this work contains material from the book "Pillar of Fire"), A.E. Southon (this work contains material from the book "On Eagle's Wing"), Æneas MacKenzie (written for the screen by), Jesse Lasky Jr. (written for the screen by), Jack Gariss (written for the screen by), Fredric M. Frank (written for the screen by)
Stars: Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson
Runtime: 220 min
Rated: Approved
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Released: 1956-10-05
Plot: The Egyptian Prince, Moses, learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people.





Gladiator (2000)
Gladiator poster Rating: 8.5/10 (761,630 votes)
Director: Ridley Scott
Writer: David Franzoni (story), David Franzoni (screenplay), John Logan (screenplay), William Nicholson (screenplay)
Stars: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed
Runtime: 155 min
Rated: R
Genre: Action, Drama
Released: 05 May 2000
Plot: When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by an emperor's corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.





Spartacus (1960)
Spartacus poster Rating: 8.0/10 (88,159 votes)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Writer: Dalton Trumbo (screenplay), Howard Fast (based on the novel by)
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton
Runtime: 197 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography
Released: 1960-10-07
Plot: The slave Spartacus leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman Republic.





Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Lawrence of Arabia poster Rating: 8.4/10 (160,815 votes)
Director: David Lean
Writer: T.E. Lawrence (writings), Robert Bolt (screenplay), Michael Wilson (screenplay)
Stars: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins
Runtime: 216 min
Rated: PG
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Released: 1962-12-10
Plot: A flamboyant and controversial British military figure and his conflicted loyalties during his World War I service in the Middle East.





Ben-Hur (1959)
Ben-Hur poster Rating: 8.1/10 (133,406 votes)
Director: William Wyler
Writer: Lew Wallace (novel), Karl Tunberg (screenplay)
Stars: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Haya Harareet, Stephen Boyd
Runtime: 212 min
Rated: G
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Released: 1960-01-29
Plot: When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.