Thursday, January 05, 2006

Speaking of Medieval Literature


I was amazed to see an advertisement for a movie of Tristan and Isolde, a medieval french tale of romance and chivalry most famously spun by Chretien De Troyes . The tagline is "before Romeo and Juliet there was... Tristan and Isolde." I am not sure that's going to sell a lot of tickets. I guess the question is whether it's going to hang in theatres until Valentine's Day.

As with most french chivalric romances, it's the story of a knight who falls in love with his master's wife. There is a great deal of cheating followed by a great deal of bloody retribution. Yes, exactly like Arthur, Gwenivere and Lancelot.

James Franco stars, so that's good I suppose.