Kingdom of Heaven (film)

《天国王朝》(Kingdom of Heaven)是一部由雷德利·斯科特 (Ridley Scott)导演的电影,于2005年5月6日上映。该片主演为奥兰多·布卢姆、伊娃·葛林、杰瑞米·艾恩斯、大卫·泽尔利斯等。电影讲述了12世纪耶路撒冷王国陷入中国综合症,一个铁匠伊贝林的贝里昂(Balian of Ibelin)保卫耶路撒冷城并对抗想从基督徒手上重新夺回耶路撒冷的伊斯兰领袖萨拉丁的故事。剧本大抵基于历史上伊贝林的贝里昂的生平而改编。哥伦比亚大学的Hamid Dabashi教授为该片的首席学术顾问。

影片的大部分拍摄于摩洛哥的瓦尔札札特(Ouarzazate),导演史考特曾在此拍摄了《角斗士》、《黑鹰坠落》等片。摄影组在沙漠上搭建了古城耶路撒冷的复制品。有报道指摩洛哥政府派出了上百名士兵保护摄制组及其人员。事实上,在拍摄战争场面时摩洛哥的士兵作为临时演员的确在场。西班牙也成为该片的拍摄地之一,拍摄地点有塞戈维亚(Segovia)的Loarre城堡、Valsaín、阿维拉(Ávila)、Palma del Río和塞维利亚(Seville)。

主要情节

影片从法国一个无名村庄开始,铁匠贝里昂因为妻子的自杀而陷入愧疚之中,直到其生父高佛瑞突然回到其面前。父亲18年前离家参加圣战,现在因勇猛善战,立下功勋而已成为当地的贵族爵士,此次回来正是接贝里昂去圣地一同加入十字军。贝里昂对此原本毫无兴趣,但是不久后因为和当地牧师发生争执,发现对方偷了自己留给妻子的十字架而一怒将其杀死,于是不得不决心为洗刷罪过前往圣地,希望获得救赎和宽恕。

在路途中由于和追捕者发生冲突,高佛瑞在战斗中受伤,最终恶化而去世,临死前他将儿子封为骑士继承自己的财产。孤身到耶路撒冷之后,贝里昂得到了父亲从前部下的支持,并被耶路撒冷王国国王鲍德温四世(Baldwin IV)和最高军务官Tiberias当作朋友对待。 鲍德温为人温和而有才略远见,其治下耶路撒冷与周边各族和睦相处,但由于严重麻风病而生命朝不保夕,甚至必须戴着面具来遮盖自己毁容后的身体。周围的野心家因而蠢蠢欲动,尤其以国王姐姐西碧拉公主(Sibylla)的未婚夫、圣殿骑士团团长盖伊(Guy)为首。西碧拉本人则对不卑不吭,又充满活力的贝里昂颇有好感。

圣殿骑士团狂妄自大目中无人,袭击了穆斯林商队,圣地形势突然乌云遍布。危急时刻国王不顾病重而亲自率领大军赶到前线,与穆斯林领袖,同样雄才大略的萨拉丁签立誓约才得以缓解形势,但本人不久即因积劳而病逝。鲍德温死前指示贝里昂希望以大局为重迎娶西碧拉继承王国,但贝里昂充满理想主义的骑士精神,以自己地位卑微为理由而拒绝。

国王去世后,公主西碧拉之子继承王位,是为鲍德温五世,但旋即被发现亦患有麻风病。西碧拉不忍见儿子受病痛折磨生不如死,于是将其毒杀。

小国王死后,盖伊顺利夺得王国大权,其果然撕毁和约立刻向穆斯林挑起流血冲突。萨拉丁率领大军乘机前来进攻,盖伊率领王国军队主力迎击,却因缺乏指挥能力及远离水源使军队丧失战斗力,最后以全军覆灭而告终。萨拉丁一鼓作气前来进攻耶路撒冷。

此时贝里昂终于决心站出来拯救民众,“保护你的国王,如果国王不在了,请保护人民”。他领导全城军民一同守卫圣地,在惨烈的战斗中连续阻击对方三天,令萨拉丁遭到重大损失。但孤城耶路撒冷最终城墙也被毁,当守城者背水一战最后一次打退进攻后,萨拉丁向贝里昂提出停战交涉。

贝里昂在交涉中表现了极大的勇气和斗志,而萨拉丁则展现了巨大的宽容,最后双方协定通过,耶路撒冷城得到和平投降,全城人在穆斯林的保护下安全踏上回国之路,萨拉丁也得到了对于自己最大的回报:圣地和信仰。

影片结束时,贝里昂与西碧拉回到自己法国的旧家,不久之后,一群新的十字军为收复圣地而来拜访这位传奇英雄,率领者为大名鼎鼎的英格兰国王理查一世。但经历这一切的贝里昂已就此大彻大悟,他婉拒了这另一位英雄的盛情邀请,决心在乡村平静地度过余生。

最后在缓缓字幕中,观众得知了同样抱着雄心前去收复耶路撒冷的理查之后的结局:在数年激烈的战斗后,理查也只是与萨拉丁再一次签订和约,而之后近千年来,争夺耶路撒冷的冲突始终就没停止。“即使在今天,天国之地的和平仍然令人难以捉摸……”

历史准确性

情节与人物

国王鲍德温四世(1174年-1185年在位)的确是麻疯病患者,他的姐姐西碧拉(Sibylla)也确实嫁给了盖伊·路西安(Guy de Lusignan)。由于鲍德温四世在死前与盖伊闹翻,因此盖伊并没有立即继任王位。事实上,1183年,鲍德温将西碧拉与前夫蒙特费拉特的威廉(William of Montferrat)所生的五岁儿子加冕成为鲍德温五世(即蒙特费拉特的鲍德温)为王储。小男孩后来身为国王,统治仅一年便在1186年九岁时病死。儿子死后,西碧拉与当时深爱着的盖伊开始保卫城市并随后称王。事实上的加冕仪式比电影中更加戏剧化:西碧拉在成为女王之前已经被迫离婚,以确保女王能被允许选择自己的王室配偶,而在Heraclius牧师(即影片中贝里昂卫城时身边的牧师,电影中未提及名字)为西碧拉加冕之后,她选择了盖伊并加冕其为王。与此同时的黎波里的雷蒙三世(即影片中的Tiberias)试图与贝里昂发动政变,来支持其同父异母的妹妹伊莎贝拉公主成为女王,但后来由于伊莎贝拉的丈夫Humphrey IV of Toron背叛他们,并宣誓效忠盖伊而失败。

黎波里的雷蒙是耶路撒冷阿马里克一世(Amalric I)一世的堂兄,王国里最强大的贵族之一,有时也作为摄政者。他曾经宣告自己的王权,但由于没有后代,所以转而支持与自己关联的伊贝林家族。他经常与盖伊和雷纳德发生冲突,而盖伊由于由于得到国王喜爱,和王国的女性继承人结婚,地位青云直上。盖伊和雷纳德当时的确在骚扰萨拉丁的商队,但雷纳德捉拿了萨拉丁的妹妹却是基于两个事实的错误混淆:雷纳德在袭击了一次商队之后,萨拉丁为了确保下个自己妹妹随行的商队不被骚扰,而加强了戒备,因此他妹妹并没有受到伤害。

王国内部的不和给萨拉丁机会以执行其计划,达到重夺耶路撒冷的远期目标。耶路撒冷王国的军队在哈丁战役中大败,其中一部分原因就是王国内部的权力斗争。战役本身在电影中并未详述,但对其结果有所描写。盖伊和雷纳德被活捉,根据al-Safadiin al-Wafi bi’l-wafayat记载,苏丹保证不会再赐任何东西给雷纳德,后来雷纳德由于喝了赐给盖伊的酒而被处决,这部分是符合史实的。盖伊起初被囚禁,后来得到释放,甚至西碧拉和他们的女儿们在1190年的阿卡之战都病死之后,盖伊仍试图重回王座,但1192年的选举中被蒙费拉的康拉德(Conrad of Montferrat)击败。英格兰国王理查一世在盖伊失败后,向他卖出了塞浦路斯的贵族头衔,后来盖伊约于1194年死于塞浦路斯。

历史上确实有类似中世纪议会的高等法院(Haute Cour),在这里,影片中的Tiberias与盖伊争论战争与否,坐正中央的国王鲍德温四世决定最终裁决。电影中提到1177年鲍德温四世16岁时,大败萨拉丁的蒙吉萨战役,这场战役萨拉丁勉强逃生。但实际上,这并非完全是鲍德温四世个人的指挥功劳,雷纳德及圣殿骑士也参与其中。 影片中出现的两大骑士团势力,医院骑士(Knights Hospitaller)和圣殿骑士(Knights Templar)形象相当接近历史。这些骑士组织是所谓的军事修道会,成员遵守禁欲的要求,原则上只接受教皇的指示而无视耶路撒冷国王,而且确实热衷于进攻萨拉丁和信奉穆斯林的异教徒,尤以圣殿骑士为甚。而盖伊和雷纳德当时都不是圣殿骑士,电影中的两人都身着圣殿骑士的外袍,但历史上,两人都是拥有妻子和家庭的贵族成员(Secular Nobles)。

真实的贝里昂是Tiberias的亲密同盟,一位道地的绅士,也是王国里最强大的贵族之一,而非铁匠出身。他的父亲Barisan(此为贝里昂的原名,来源于法语的”Balian”),是东方(可能是意大利)伊贝林家族的建立者。贝里昂与西碧拉事实上在保卫耶路撒冷时才团结一致,两人之间并无暧昧关系。贝里昂与西碧拉的继母,即阿马里克一世之遗孀玛丽亚康尼娜(Maria Comnena)结婚。《Old French Continuation of William of Tyre》 (即Chronicle of Ernoul)记述西碧拉曾经迷恋贝里昂的哥哥伊贝林的鲍德温(Baldwin of Ibelin),一个年龄是她两倍的鳏夫,但这个记述充满了可疑之处。相反地,似乎是Tiberias的父亲希望儿子能娶西碧拉以壮大自己的政治集团,然而这个传说似乎没有电影里西碧拉与贝里昂的爱情有趣。

耶路撒冷攻城事件的记述是基于当时的文件和《Old French Continuation of William of Tyre》,这部书部分由贝里昂的所属官员所著。萨拉丁包围耶路撒冷约一个月,也的确击塌一部分城墙。电影中,贝里昂将所有可持剑的人封作骑士,但实际上,他当时只将一些市议员(Burgesses)封为骑士。具体的数字因历史文档不同而有差异,但可能只少于百人,而该城当时有几万名男性居民和难民。贝里昂威胁要摧毁每一座建筑和杀死每个闯进的穆斯林,和萨拉丁私下商谈献出耶路撒冷。电影中,西碧拉公主和Heraclius主教保卫城市的戏份都被降低,主教成了见风转舵的懦夫。萨拉丁只允许贝里昂和他的家人安全离开,但人民希望他留下守护,紧接着五天后,萨拉丁聚集大军准备屠城耶路撒冷,在被攻陷前夕,贝里昂出面要求向萨拉丁谈和,1099年十字军血洗耶路撒冷的大屠杀让萨拉丁无法接受。谈和失败的贝里昂使用天才雷普利逼迫萨拉丁,威胁他若不放过城中人民,他们会杀掉手中的穆斯林俘虏并摧毁圆顶清真寺。萨拉丁接受谈判,但要求城中每人都要支付赎金,男人十枚金币、女人五枚、小孩一枚,近三千人因支付不起赎金而沦为奴隶。贝里昂本人为不少人代付了赎金,萨拉丁则最后干脆免去了这种形式,电影为提高戏剧效果而简化此过程。电影结局提到‘难得的休战协定’,事实上是在贝里昂帮助下的和平协商,这也是第三次十字军东征的结尾。影片将这结局改换了形式呈现,把理查一世受贝里昂的调停变成自己事先的拜访。

贝里昂并非来自法国,也理所当然不会与西碧拉回到那里,且理查一世攻陷阿卡(Siege of Acre)之后,西碧拉与两个女儿在营中因热病而死去。另一方面,贝里昂和理查一世的关系事实上并不友善,因为在后来的选举中,贝里昂支持康拉德而理查支持盖伊。贝里昂与玛丽亚安排他们的女儿伊莎贝拉与Humphrey of Toron强行离婚,这样伊莎比拉可以嫁给康拉德。为十字军写下诗歌记录的Ambroise称贝里昂“比小丑还虚伪”、“他应该被狗猎杀”。《Itinerarium Peregrinorum et Gesta Regis Ricardi》一书的无名作者称贝里昂是‘极端邪恶委员会’的一员,将他描述为一个残暴、浮躁、背信弃义的人,并指他从康拉德那里收受贿赂。因此电影中那样英雄般正直的贝里昂或许并不存在,历史上的贝里昂与玛丽亚结婚(Maria Comnena),由于他们和西碧拉同父异母的姐妹-伊莎贝拉女王(未出现在电影中)的母女情深,伊贝林家族成为耶路撒冷王国和13世纪的塞浦勒斯最强大的贵族。尤其是玛丽亚和贝里昂的儿子约翰(Lord of Beirut),成为13世纪前30年,整个基督圣地的主导力量。

装备及其他细节

影片最初,贝里昂的父亲到法国的村落,随行包括各种种族的士兵,其中也有黑人。而历史上,圣地附近确实也不排除有黑人士兵的可能性,黑人士兵通常都相当忠于雇佣自己的主人,就如同电影中那般。西碧拉的随从和守城者中都有大批类似穆斯林装扮的士兵。而历史中,耶路撒冷周边的防卫军事力量确实不全由十字军组成,土耳其人也作为雇佣军或者盟友帮助耶路撒冷王国,最后守城的人不全是纯正血统的基督徒。

电影中,贝里昂曾被盖伊派来的三名骑士袭击,那些刺客穿着条顿骑士团特有的黑色十字的白色长袍,而非白袍红十字的圣殿骑士长袍,但条顿骑士最早约在1190年才出现和成立,即发生哈丁之战的后三年,此部分似乎略有矛盾。但他们的服装标志,包括盾牌上的十字形状都与日后的条顿骑士团之标准稍有区别,且先前雷纳德和盖伊的交谈中也只谈到”killed by Templars (被圣殿骑士所杀)”,因此剧情可能在这暗示,这些人目前只属于圣殿骑士,而为日后条顿骑士团的雏形,这种说法也许是历史顾问做出的一些妥协方法。

哈丁战役虽然没有直接描写过程,但行军的镜头描写士兵缺水而丧失战斗力和士气,历史上基督教在这场战斗中的惨败,确实与电影相差不远。影片中第一次耶路撒冷大军出征时,有一个镜头描写了士兵们簇拥著金色的巨大十字架,此即为真十字架,据说耶稣便是被钉在此十字架上处刑的。而在哈丁战役之后,十字架倒裂在一边,历史上的真十字架据闻在哈丁战役后,落入穆斯林之手而不是被毁坏。但影片这样设置也并无破绽,因为真正的真十字架,只是一块据说是当年耶稣被悬挂的十字架之残骸,被保留在盒子中而经常随军出征,那个金色的大十字架只是作为旗帜在向友军提醒而已,影片中也使用了一个镜头表达,金色十字架下实际上还放著一个巨大的箱子,一位信徒坐在箱子上守护。

Kingdom of Heaven is a 2005 action/epic film directed by Ridley Scott and written by William Monahan. It stars Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Jeremy Irons, David Thewlis, Marton Csokas, Brendan Gleeson, Kevin McKidd, Alexander Siddig, Ghassan Massoud, Edward Norton, Jon Finch, Michael Sheen and Liam Neeson.

The story is set during the Crusades of the 12th century. A French village blacksmith goes to aid the city of Jerusalem in its defense against the Muslim leader Saladin, who is battling to reclaim the city from the Christians. The film script is a heavily fictionalised portrayal of Balian of Ibelin.

Most filming took place in Ouarzazate and Ait Benhaddou in Morocco, where Scott had filmed Gladiator and Black Hawk Down. A replica of medieval Jerusalem was constructed in the desert. Filming also took place in Spain, at the Loarre Castle, Segovia, Ávila, Palma del Río and Casa de Pilatos in Sevilla.

Plot

In a remote village in 1184 France, Balian, a blacksmith, is haunted by his wife’s recent suicide. A group of Crusaders arrive; one of them introduces himself as Balian’s father, Baron Godfrey of Ibelin. Godfrey asks Balian to return with him to Jerusalem. Balian refuses and the Crusaders leave. The town priest, Balian’s half-brother, reveals that he ordered Balian’s wife beheaded before burial, a customary practice for people who commit suicide. Balian notices his brother wearing the cross that his wife wore before she was to be buried. In a fit of rage Balian kills his brother, retrieves the crucifix and flees the village. Balian pursues his father in the hope of gaining forgiveness and redemption for him and his wife in Jerusalem. After he reaches Godfrey, soldiers led by Godfrey’s nephew arrive, ostensibly to arrest Balian. In reality, the nephew intends to assassinate Balian and Godfrey so that his father, and eventually he, may inherit Godfrey’s barony. Godfrey refuses to surrender Balian. The nephew launches a sneak attack against Godfrey. The attack fails and Godfrey kills his nephew, but is struck by an arrow that breaks off in his body.

In Messina, Godfrey knights Balian and orders him to serve the King of Jerusalem and protect the helpless, before succumbing to his injuries. During Balian’s journey to Jerusalem his ship runs aground in a storm, leaving Balian and a horse as the only survivors. When Balian releases the horse from the wreckage it flees in panic. Following the horse, Balian is confronted by a Muslim cavalier and his servant. A fight over the horse follows and Balian reluctantly slays the cavalier when attacked, but spares the servant, asking him to guide him to Jerusalem. Upon arriving, Balian gives the horse to the servant and releases him. The man tells him his slain master was an important knight amongst the Saracens; his deed will gain him fame and respect from them.

Balian becomes acquainted with Jerusalem’s political arena: the leper King Baldwin IV, Tiberias the Marshall of Jerusalem, the King’s sister Princess Sibylla, and her husband Guy de Lusignan, who supports the anti-Muslim activities of brutal factions like the Knights Templar. Guy intends to rule after Baldwin’s death and seeks to provoke a war that will allow him to dispose of the Muslims and claim the Kingdom for the Christians.

Guy and his co-conspirator Raynald of Châtillon massacre a Muslim trade caravan with the aid of the Templars. Saladin, leader of the Muslim forces, advances on Kerak, Raynald’s castle, to punish him for his crime. Balian protects the villagers entering the castle from Saladin’s cavalry, despite a request from Raynald to withdraw. Though outnumbered, Balian and his knights charge Saladin’s cavalry, allowing the villagers time to flee. Balian’s knights are captured. In the enemy camp, Balian encounters the servant he freed, Imad ad-Din, learning he is actually Saladin’s Chancellor, who releases Balian to enter Kerak. Saladin arrives with his army to besiege Kerak and King Baldwin IV approaches with his. They negotiate a Muslim retreat and Baldwin swears to punish Raynald. Baldwin confronts Raynald, forcing him onto his knees. As Raynald grovels for mercy, Baldwin beats him with his horse whip and forces Raynald to kiss his diseased hand. The exertion of these events cause Baldwin to collapse, weakened beyond recovery. Saladin assures his generals that he will reclaim Jerusalem.

Baldwin asks Balian to marry Sibylla, knowing they have affection for each other, but Balian refuses because in order for the marriage to occur Guy would have to be killed. After Baldwin dies, Sibylla’s six year old son Baldwin V becomes King of Jerusalem. It becomes apparent that he is also infected with leprosy. Grief-stricken and unwilling to condemn her son to a life behind a mask, Sibylla poisons her son. Sibylla succeeds her son and names Guy King of Jerusalem. Guy releases Raynald, asking him to give him a war, which Raynald does by murdering Saladin’s sister. When Saladin’s emissary relays demands for the return of his sister’s body, the heads of those responsible and the surrender of Jerusalem, Guy decapitates the emissary and sends his head back to Damascus. Guy sends several Templars to assassinate Balian, since he is the most strident voice against a war.

In council, war is agreed upon “because God wills it” and against sound advice they march into the desert to fight Saladin, leaving Jerusalem unguarded except for Balian, Tiberias, their knights, a few remaining Crusader soldiers and the townspeople. Saladin’s army attacks the Crusaders and in the ensuing battle the Crusaders are annihilated. Guy and Raynald are captured; Saladin executes Raynald and then marches on Jerusalem, sparing Guy as king only out of tradition. Tiberias and his men leave for Cyprus, believing Jerusalem is lost, but Balian and his knights remain to protect the villagers. Knowing they cannot defeat the Saracens, they hope to hold their enemies off long enough for the Saracens to offer terms. After a battle that lasts three days, Saladin offers terms: Balian surrenders Jerusalem when Saladin offers the inhabitants safe passage to Christian lands. He also releases Guy back to Jerusalem where he attacks Balian but is defeated.

In the marching column of citizens, he finds Sibylla who has renounced her claim as Queen of Jerusalem and other cities. After Balian returns to his village in France, English knights ride through looking for Balian, defender of Jerusalem. Balian replies that he is the blacksmith, and the man leading the knights identifies himself as King Richard I of England, and they are commencing a new Crusade to retake Jerusalem. Balian responds that he is merely a blacksmith, and Richard rides off. Balian is joined by Sibylla, and passing by the grave of Balian’s wife, they ride toward a new life together.

Production

Cinematography

The visual style of Kingdom of Heaven emphasizes set design and impressive cinematography in almost every scene. It is notable for its “visually stunning cinematography and haunting music”.[4] Cinematographer John Mathieson created many large, sweeping landscapes,[5] where the cinematography, supporting performances, and battle sequences are meticulously mounted.[6] The cinematography and scenes of set-pieces have been described as “ballets of light and color” (as in films by Akira Kurosawa).[7] Director Ridley Scott’s visual acumen was described as the main draw of Kingdom of Heaven with the stellar, stunning cinematography and “jaw-dropping combat sequences” based on the production design of Arthur Max.

Music
Main article: Kingdom of Heaven (soundtrack)

The music to the movie is quite different in style and content from the soundtrack of Ridley Scott’s earlier 2000 film Gladiator[10] and many other subsequent films depicting historical events.[11] A composition of classical listings, rousing chorales, juxtaposing Muslim sacred chants, and subtle implementation of contemporary rock/pop influences,[10][11] the soundtrack is largely the result of British film-score composer Harry Gregson-Williams. During the climactic final battle scene, a piece of Jerry Goldsmith’s “Valhalla” theme from The 13th Warrior is used. “Vide Cor Meum” (originally used by Scott in the Hannibal movie and composed by Patrick Cassidy and Hans Zimmer), sung by Danielle de Niese and Bruno Lazzaretti is also used during the funeral of the King.

Awards

European Film Awards:
Audience Award – Best Actor (Orlando Bloom)

Satellite Awards:
Outstanding Original Score (Harry Gregson-Williams)

VES Awards:
Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Motion Picture (Wes Sewell, Victoria Alonso, Tom Wood, Gary Brozenich)

A collection of quotations related to: Kingdom of Heaven (film)

Godfrey of Ibelin

You are not what you were born, but what you have it in yourself to be.
I once fought two days with an arrow through my testicle.
Whoever dies here today, you will certainly be among them.
A new world. A better world. A kingdom of conscience…a kingdom of heaven.
Be without fear in the face of your enemies. Be brave and upright, that God may love thee. Speak the truth always, even if it leads to your death. Safeguard the helpless and do no wrong; that is your oath. [Slaps Balian] And that is so you remember it. Rise a knight, and Baron of Ibelin.
Jerusalem is easy to find, go to where the men speak Italian, then continue until they speak something else.

Balian of Ibelin
What man is a man who does not make the world better?
From the Latin Inscription: Nemo vir est qui mundum non reddat meliorem
A queen never walks. And yet you are walking.
How can you be in hell, when you are in my heart?
If we do not burn these bodies, we will all be dead of disease in three days. God will understand, my lord. And if he doesn’t, then he is not God and we need not worry.
They are here.
When a single horseman is seen in the distance on top of a hill.
Is this why you came to the Holy Land? Come on!
To a Teutonic knight trying to kill him as they prepare to fight one another.
If this is the Kingdom of Heaven, let God do with it as he will.

Hospitaller
If the ribs are broken, the marrow will enter the blood and you will develop fever and die or a cyst will form and you will live. You’re in God’s hands now.
Holiness is in right action, and courage on behalf of those who cannot defend themselves.
You sail now for Jerusalem as your father wished. If God has purpose for you there, he’ll keep you safe in his hands. [pauses] If not, God bless.
I put no stock in religion. By the word religion I have seen the lunacy of fanatics of every denomination be called the will of God. I’ve seen too much religion in the eyes of too many murderers. Holiness is in right action, and courage on behalf of those who cannot defend themselves, and goodness. What God desires is here [points to Balian’s head] and here [points to Balian’s heart] and what you decide to do every day will make you a good man…or not.

King Baldwin IV
Come forward. I am glad to meet Godfrey’s son. He was one of my greatest teachers. He was there when, playing with the other boys, my arm was cut. And it was he, not my father’s physicians, who noticed that I felt no pain. He wept when he gave my father the news, that I am a leper.
The Saracens say that this disease is God’s vengeance against the vanity of our kingdom. As wretched as I am, these Arabs believe that the chastisement that awaits me in hell is far more severe and lasting. If that’s true, I call it unfair.
Come. Sit. Do you play? The whole world is in chess. Any move can be the death of you. Do anything except remain where you started and you can’t be sure of your end.
When I was sixteen I won a great victory. I felt in that moment that I should live to be one hundred, now I know I shall not see thirty. None of us know our end really, or what hand will guide us there. A King may move a man, a father may claim a son. That man can also move himself. And only then does that man truly begin his own game. Remember that howsoever you are played, or by whom, your soul is in your keeping alone. Even though those who presume to play you be kings or men of power. When you stand before God, you cannot say “but I was told by others to do thus” or that “virtue was not convenient at the time.” This will not suffice. Remember that.
On your knees… lower. I am… Jerusalem. And you, Reynald, will give me the kiss of peace. [takes off glove]
[To Sibylla] My beautiful sister. So beautiful. I’m sorry if I’ve caused you any pain. Remember me as I was.

Others
Reynald: [after raiding a peaceful caravan] I am what I am. Someone has to be.
Reynald: [to Guy] If the war’s to be now or later, I would have it now.
Tiberias: [to Balian] You’re your father’s son. He was my friend. I’m yours.
Tiberias: [to Balian] May God be with you, he’s no longer with me.
Sybilla: There’ll be a day when you will wish you had done a little evil to do a greater good.
Sybilla: Jerusalem is dead Tiberias. No kingdom is worth my son alive in hell. I shall go to hell instead.
Sybilla: [to Tiberias] How long before he wears a mask? Will you have one made for him? How did my boy deserve it?
Balian: [to Sybilla, after surrendering Jerusalem] Your brother’s kingdom is here – (points to the mind) – and here – (points to the heart) – and that kingdom can never be surrendered.

Dialogue
Godfrey of Ibelin: God has made us man. We must suffer all. I also have lost. Some say Jerusalem is the very center of the world for asking forgiveness. For myself, I call it here. Now. I knew your namesake. I knew your mother. To be courteous, I should say that it was against her objections. But I was the lord’s brother and she had no choice. But I did not force her. I have forgiveness to ask of you. I am Godfrey, the Baron of Ibelin. I have one hundred men at arms in Jerusalem. If you come with me, you will have a living… and… you will have my thanks. There it is.
Balian of Ibelin: Whoever you are, my lord… my place is here.
Godfrey of Ibelin: What made it your place is now dead. You will never see me again. If you want anything of me, take it now.
Balian of Ibelin: I want nothing.
Godfrey of Ibelin: I am sorry for your troubles. God protect you.
Balian of Ibelin: What could a king ask of a man like me?
Godfrey of Ibelin: A new world. A better world than has ever been seen. There, you are not what you are born but what you have it in yourself to be. A kingdom of conscience, of peace instead of war, love instead of hate. That is what lies in the end of a crusade. A kingdom of heaven.
Guy de Lusignan: If I had fought you when you were still capable of making bastards…
Godfrey of Ibelin: I knew your mother when she was making hers. Fortunately you’re too old to be one of mine.
Imad ad-Din al-Isfahani: [to Balian] You there, he says that is his horse.
Balian of Ibelin: Why would it be his horse?
Imad ad-Din al-Isfahani: Because it is on his land.
Balian of Ibelin: I found took this horse from the sea.
Imad ad-Din al-Isfahani: [Saracen Cavalier says something to him in Arabic] He says you are a great liar, and he will fight you because you are a liar.
Balian of Ibelin: I have no desire to fight.
Imad ad-Din al-Isfahani: Then you must give him the horse!
Balian of Ibelin: No.
Balian of Ibelin: [Saracen Cavalier starts fighting him, but on horseback] Fight me fairly!
Imad ad-Din al-Isfahani: [Saracen Cavalier says in Arabic] Why should he, he is a Knight.
Balian of Ibelin: And I am the Baron of Ibelin.
Imad ad-Din al-Isfahani: [Says to the Cavalier in Arabic] Hadi Hakim, Ibelin. “(he is the Baron of Ibelin).”
Imad ad-Din al-Isfahani: [Saracen Cavalier says something in Arabic] He says that Baron of Ibelin is old, he knew him, in Damascus.
Balian of Ibelin: I am the new one.
Tiberias: That I would rather live among men than kill them is certainly why you are still alive.
Guy de Lusignan: [Chuckles] That sort of Christianity has its uses, I suppose…
Hospitaller: Are you sorry for your sins?
Godfrey of Ibelin: [Looking at Balian, his illegitimate son] All but one.
Hospitaller: So how find you Jerusalem?
Balian of Ibelin: God does not speak to me. Not even on the hill where Christ died. I am outside God’s grace.
Hospitaller: I have not heard that.
Balian of Ibelin: At any rate, it seems I have lost my religion.
Hospitaller: I put no stock in Religion. By the word of religion, I’ve seen the lunacy of fanatics of every denomination be called the “Will of God”. Holiness is in right action and courage on behalf of those who cannot defend themselves. And goodness – what God desires – [pointing at his head then heart] is here and here. By what you decide to do every day, you will be a good man [smiles] or not.
Sybilla: [walking] Do you fear being with me?
Balian of Ibelin: No. [stops] And yes.
Sybilla: [laughs] A woman in my place has two faces, one for the world and one which she wears in private. With you I’ll be only Sybilla. [hears a noise and turns her head. A servant hides behind a wall] Tiberias thinks me unpredictable. I am unpredictable.
Sybilla: Why do you think I’m here?
Balian of Ibelin: I know that Ibelin is not on the way to Cana.
Sybilla: What else do you know, my lord?
Balian of Ibelin: I know you are a princess. And I am no lord.
Sybilla: You’re a knight.
Balian of Ibelin: Neither earned nor proved.
Reynald: [Guy goes to see Reynald in Prison, Reynald is dancing] The King is in heaven?
Guy de Lusignan: Yes.
Reynald: You had the Templar’s kill Balian?
Guy de Lusignan: Yes, and now, give me a war.
Reynald: That is what I do.
Balian of Ibelin: You go to certain death.
Hospitaller: All death is certain. I will tell your father what I have seen you become.
Bishop, Patriarch of Jerusalem: Who do you think you are? Will you alter the World? Does making a man a knight make him a better fighter?
Balian of Ibelin: [pause, turn slowly to face Bishop] Yes.
Sybilla: What becomes of us?
Balian of Ibelin: The world will decide. The world always decides.
Saladin: Assalaamu `Alaykum.
King Baldwin IV: Wa `Alaykumu Salaam.
Saladin: I pray you return your cavalry and leave this matter to me.
King Baldwin IV: I pray you retire unharmed to Damascus. Reynald will be punished, I swear. [pause] Do we have terms?
Saladin: We have terms. [pause] I will send you my physicians.
King Baldwin IV: [nodding] Assalaamu `Alaykum.
Saladin: [waves and says] Wa `Alaykumu Salaam.
Bishop, Patriarch of Jerusalem: Convert to Islam, repent later.
Balian of Ibelin: You have taught me a lot about religion, Your Eminence.
Balian of Ibelin: This army will be destroyed, and the city left defenseless.
Guy de Lusignan: When I wish a blacksmith to advise me in war, I will tell him.
Balian of Ibelin: Saladin wants you to come out. He is waiting for you to make that mistake.
Balian of Ibelin: [a single horsemen is seen in the distance standing on top of a hill] They are here.
Almaric: It is only one man.
Balian of Ibelin: No, they are here.
[The camera pans to reveal the whole of the Saracen army behind the hill]
Balian of Ibelin: [To the people of Jerusalem] It has fallen to us to defend Jerusalem, and we have made our preparations as well as they can be made. None of us took this city from Muslims. No Muslim of the great army now coming against us was born when this city was lost. We fight over an offence we did not give, against those who were not alive to be offended. What is Jerusalem? Your holy palaces lie over the Jewish temple that the Romans pulled down. The Muslim places of worship lie over yours. Which is more holy?
[pause]
Balian of Ibelin: The wall? The Mosque? The Sepulchre? Who has claim? No-one has claim.
[raises his voice]
Balian of Ibelin: All have claim!
Bishop, Patriarch of Jerusalem: Blasphemy!
Almaric: [to the Patriarch] Be quiet.
Balian of Ibelin: We defend this city, not to protect these stones, but the people living within these walls.
Saladin: Will you yield the city?
Balian of Ibelin: Before I lose it, I will burn it to the ground. Your holy places – ours. Every last thing in Jerusalem that drives men mad.
Saladin: I wonder if it would not be better if you did.
Balian of Ibelin: What is Jerusalem worth?
Saladin: [solemnly] Nothing. [He starts to walk away, then turns around and smiles] Everything!
Richard Coeur de Lion: We come by this road to find Balian, who was the defender of Jerusalem.
Balian of Ibelin: I am the blacksmith.
Richard Coeur de Lion: And I am the King of England.
Balian of Ibelin: [pauses] I am the blacksmith.
King Baldwin IV: Oh. Hello.
Sibylla: [mouths hello]
King Baldwin: I was dreaming. I was back in that summer, when I defeated Saladin. Do you remember it?
Sibylla: [nods] You were a beautiful boy.
Baldwin: Yes.
Sibylla: You’ve always been beautiful. In every way.
King Baldwin: My beautiful sister. I’ve missed you. I’m sorry if I’ve caused you any pain. Remember me as I was.
Sibylla: I will. (leans down to kiss the brow of his mask. He dies)
Tiberias: There is a rumour. We must condemn it immediately.
Sibylla: Call it treason. And kill those who whisper it.
Tiberias: The rumour will die, if we show the boy as active.
Sibylla: [screams passionately and throws back the chair she sitting on onto the floor. Clearly very distressed] How long before he wears a mask? Will you have one made for him? How did my boy deserve it?
Tiberias: [shakes head]
Sibylla: Jerusalem is dead Tiberias. No kingdom is worth my son alive in hell. I will go to hell instead.
Sibylla: [to her son] Do you remember the story of Louan?
Baldwin V: No.
Sibylla: Do you remember why?
Baldwin V: No.
Sibylla: And he was so lonely that…he called all the gods.
Baldwin V: Why?
Sibylla: Because he was desperate. As a proof of love.
Sibylla: [singing a lullaby in what sounds like French, she uncorks a bottle and with tears in her eyes she strokes back the hair of her sleeping son to reveal his ear. She tips the liquid in the bottle into his ear, and trails off, mouthing the song. She has euthanized her son because of his affliction with his uncle’s horrific disease, leprosy. We see a toy the boy was playing with being wet by the rain outside the canopy over the summerhouse, and the scene ends].
Balian: You go with the Army?
Hospitaller: My order is with the Army.
Balian: You go to certain death.
Hospitaller: All death is certain. I shall tell your father what I have seen you become.
Hospitaller: For the strength to endure what is to come.
Balian of Ibelin: And what is to come?.
Hospitaller: The reckoning is to come for what what does one hundred years before. The Muslims will never forget. [Pauses and looks back to Balian]. Nor should they.

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