A Knight at the Movies: Medieval History on Film. Aberth's book-length treatment on medievalism on screen is one of the earliest written and it is a superb introduction.
In opening The Patriot in the guise of his character, American Revolutionary Benjamin Martin, Mel Gibson says, "I have long feared that my sins would return to visit me and the cost is more than I can bear. Gibson stars in The Patriot, released infive years after Gibson starred in and directed Braveheart.
In addition to British complaints over historical accuracy in both movies, Braveheart has been called offensive by homosexuals, while The Patriot has offended African-Americans. In Braveheart Gibson portrayed William Wallace, a commoner who rose to lead the Scottish rebellion against England in the 14th century.
The screenwriters of both movies cite getting in touch with their patriotism as inspiration. When in Edinburgh, Scotland discovering his heritage, Randall Wallace saw the fourteen-foot tall statue of William Wallace and became intrigued with his namesake. Randall Wallace found that he is not related to William Wallace, but out of his research emerged the script for Braveheart.
Robert Rodat, screenwriter of The Patriot, was looking to top the success of his previous screenplay, Saving Private Ryan. The action movie franchises, Mad Max and Lethal Weapon, had given Gibson significant box-office power.
Gibson filmed Braveheart in Ireland, which led to limited publicity in America during filming due to the remote location.
When Braveheart arrived in theatres in Mayfew had expected Gibson to present a three-hour epic film. Although it received warm reviews from critics, many moviegoers passed on the film because of its length. This resulted in a short stay in theatres and the film did not recoup its budget.
Later inAcademy Award buzz began to build around the movie. After it received ten Oscar nominations, Braveheart headed back to theatres in early for a second run.
The Oscar boost during the second theatrical release allowed the movie to finish paying its bills and turn a profit. Since Scottish history is less widely known in America, few early critical reviews of Braveheart pointed out the historical inaccuracies. After the film garnered media attention because of its Oscar considerations, scholars began to analyze the movie for its accuracies and inaccuracies.
Both Randall Wallace and Mel Gibson readily admitted using dramatic license in their interpretation of history.
Gibson was never shy about admitting that he had added healthy doses of fictitious dramatic elements to the story. William Wallace, who lived in the 14th century, would not have worn kilts, which did not appear in Scotland until the 17th century.Cornel West bibliography [see also publications about West].
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