El Cid

"El Cid" (1961) Though this lavish epic about the legendary Spanish hero, Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar, didn't have the impact of "Ben-Hur," it is still a terrific period drama. And Heston is particularly moving as the famed hero who leads the Spaniards against the Moors, and his romantic scenes with Sophia Loren are haunting. It's hard to believe that the two didn't actually get along. Anthony Mann directed the spectacular film, which has been recently restored.
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