Beowulf: when Christophe Lambert completed the genre of techno-medieval nanar

Beowulf: when Christophe Lambert completed the genre of techno-medieval nanar

One day, someone had the great idea of ​​reconciling the graphic style of Christophe Lambert’s greatest hits with an epic matrix poem for Anglo-Saxon literature. The result is called Beowulf and it is even worse than one can imagine.

Today a little despised and yet technically or artistically major, The Legend of Beowulf by Robert Zemeckis had for him to overshadow the previous adaptations of the Anglo-Saxon poem. Before its release, the most famous of them were The 13th Warrior (very free adaptation) and… Beowulf (very, very, very free adaptation) produced in 1999 by Graham Barker.

The latter, however, remained in the pantheon of radioactive turnips, not only because it accomplished the feat of being the worst film of the career of the sympathetic Christopher Lambert, but also because he tries to combine all his great successes of the time. What largely elect the ultimate degeneration of this great artistic movement that is the high-concept action film of the 1990s. Some would even say the The Gate of Paradise techno-medieval cinema.

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Of all the great classics of the Western literary tradition, the poem Beowulf is perhaps the one most stained by the industry. Without embarking on a history lesson, it should be noted that its nature and advanced age have made it a pillar of modern culture, especially since JRR Tolkien, as a linguist, made it an object of study. .

And what has the cinema learned from it? A big, bare-chested bully ripping off the arm of a big, rough-looking monster. Worse still, most adaptations transform its universal dimension and the vagueness that surrounds its elaboration as an excuse to bend its story to the fashions of the moment or the whims of creative people. Even before his adventures on film, poor Beowulf was fried against Dracula and the Minotaur in DC Comics comics. In the 1970s, the BBC dedicated a TV movie to him. In 1981, he made his first steps on the big screen in Grendel Grendel Grendela completely psychedelic Australian animated film for children.

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A frankly endearing variation, which adopts the point of view of the monster and draws more from John Gardiner’s novel than from the original poem. But Hollywood will soon add its two cents. In 1999 came out The 13th Warrior and especially this Beowulf. One would go on to become one of the greatest failed acts in American film history and the start of John McTiernan’s trouble, the other a Z series that crystallizes just about all the worst that the era could produce.


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