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your assignment is to WATCH and WRITE about ONE of the following videos about the Third Crusade – the one with England’s King Richard the Lionheart and the Ayyubid ruler named Saladin (fighting on behalf of the Abbasid caliph in Baghdad).
BBC2: Empires: Holy Warriors Richard the Lionheart and Saladin (1 ½ hours). Very clear.
Saladin the Victorious. 1963 Feature film by Egyptian director Youssef Chanine, based on the novel by Naguib Mahfouz. In Arabic, with subtitles. The movie has been uploaded to YouTube in parts of 10 minutes, totally around one hour and forty minutes.
The Crusades is a 1935 American historical adventure film directed by the famous Cecil B. DeMille. Starring Loretta Young as Berengaria of Navarre and Henry Wilcox as Richard I. It was nominated for several Academy Awards.
Kingdom of Heaven is a 2005 epic historical drama film directed by Ridley Scott. Notice the scene where Saladin hand the Crusader Guy a cup of iced water (a Muslim sign that he would spare Guy’s life). It was also a success in Arabic speaking countries.
Writing Assignment: At top of page, make sure you have your name and course name, the name of the movie, the date you hand it in. Put a title on your essay.
Write 3 good paragraphs (totaling 400-600 words) each with lots of data from the film, summarizing the film and supporting your Topic sentences. Your evidence in the paragraphs should cover:
One paragraph: Kind of film (documentary, feature, cartoon); Summarize the plot and identify the important characters.
One paragraph: Historical evidence the producers include to make it realistic; and Theatrical or cinematic evidence – how do the producers make it a great movie? What is the Point of View of the movie (Crusaders? Europeans? Muslims? Today’s teenagers?)
One paragraph: Choose two characters and explain what you think of them, based on the movie.

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