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Ridley Scott Storbritannien, 1977

John Matrix's rating of the film The Duellists

For all its beautiful photography, impeccable costumes, etc., this is a pretty straightforward tale of manly enmity. The unlikelihood of the duels approaches absurdity but never becomes laughable. The most striking characterisitc of all these encounters is the sound of the swords. It's so loud it drowns out the ragged breathing of the combatants. Does a great job emphasizing the enigmatic nature of their rivalry.