A tale of passion and intrique…
Ridley Scott?s latest picture Tristan & Isolde. The director/producer of Gladiator was so fascinated by the myth of these Celtic star-crossed lovers, he has worked on and off over the past twenty years to get it to the big screen. Now, as Executive Producer of this epic tale, he says the film is relevant to all. ?It?s a story with epic scope, rooted in common human behaviour that is timeless.?
The myth of Tristan & Isolde originated as a Celtic legend from the Dark Ages, an historical period about which little is known, that took place between the fall of the Roman Empire and the Renaissance. A tragic story about forbidden love between a man and woman, the tale predates the legend of Arthur and Guinevere in Camelot as well as Shakespeare?s Romeo & Juliet.
After the fall of Rome, England and Ireland are battling for supremacy. Ireland is ruled by King Donnchadh and the leader of the English is Lord Marke (Rufus Sewell). His greatest knight is Tristan (James Franco), whom Marke raised since he was orphaned in an Irish attack that also took Marke?s family. With Tristan by his side, Marke believes he can unify his people and rid England of Irish rule. But Tristan harbors a terrible secret?
Wounded and left for dead after battle, he is nursed back to health by Isolde (Sophia Myles), a mysterious Irish beauty who turns out to be daughter of King Donnchadh?s. Tristan and Isolde begin a passionate affair, however soon Tristan is healthy and strong; and must return to England.
Still seeking to throw the English tribes back into chaos, King Donnchadh gives away his daughter as the prize in a tournament between all the champions of England. Tristan wins the princess?s hand for Lord Marke, whose vision of a united England may finally be realised.
Tristan is horrified to realise that this daughter of the King is his saviour Isolde, and that Marke will now marry the Irish beauty. Worse, Marke is a good and worthy future king, whose belief in Tristan has made the young knight who he is.
First separated by countries at war, and now by loyalty to King and country, Tristan and Isolde must suppress their emotions for the sake of peace and the future of England. But the more they deny their passion, the more fiercely it burns. Despite their efforts to stay apart, Tristan and Isolde are driven inexorably together, risking everything for one last moment in each other?s arms.
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