I may have mentioned before that I grew up watching classic Hollywood movies on TV and many of my favorites were swashbuckling movies with lots of sword fights. As I grew older I learned to appreciate the work involved in choreographing a good sword fight for a film or television show. I imagine it is a lot like choreographing a ballet or big musical theater dance number.
This week I heard again the music from Jose Limon's ballet, Moor's Pavane, based yes, on Shakespeare's Othello, and thought it would be fun to try and make another Swordplay video. The music brought to my mind Richard Armitage's role as Guy of Gisborne. Watching the sword fight scenes in Robin Hood, though never enough of them for me, I could always see the grace and elegance of Gisborne's movements and think it might be in part a result of Armitage's dance training, as well as his natural elegance of movement. So below is Swordplay III- Sir Guy's Dance as my small tribute to the magic of
Sir Guy and of the master choreographers of swordplay in the film and TV world:
I've always hesitated to make a Guy of Gisborne video, there are so many wonderful ones already, and I am just a dabbler and not a video artist as many are. But I love a man with a sword, and Richard Armitage is a joy to watch. As far as I'm concerned, he needs more movie roles where he wields a sword and wears armor, and I don't have words to express how much I'm looking forward to seeing him wielding the great sword Orcrist as Thorin in The Hobbit.
To see a slightly different version of the video with a little bit of Sean Bean and Errol Flynn, click on the link below: