Kingdom of Heaven was a 2005 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. Philip had a minor role in the film as ‘squire’.
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 fictionalized portrayal of Balian of Ibelin.
Hamid Dabashi, a professor who specializes in a number of fields including Iranian and Islamic Studies as well as Comparative Literature at Columbia University, was the film’s chief academic consultant regarding the Crusades.
Most filming took place in Ouarzazate in Morocco, where Scott had filmed Gladiator and Black Hawk Down. A replica of the ancient city of 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.
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”. Cinematographer John Mathieson created many large, sweeping landscapes, where the cinematography, supporting performances, and battle sequences are meticulously mounted. The cinematography and scenes of set-pieces have been described as “ballets of light and color” (as in films by Akira Kurosawa). 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.
Written by: William Monahan Directed by Ridley Scott Produced by: Karim Abouobayd …. line producer: Morocco Mark Albela …. co-producer Bruce Devan …. co-producer Lisa Ellzey …. executive producer José Luis Escolar …. line producer: Spain Teresa Kelly …. associate producer Branko Lustig …. executive producer Henning Molfenter …. co-producer Terry Needham …. executive producer Denise O’Dell …. co-producer Thierry Potok …. co-producer Ridley Scott …. producer Ty Warren …. associate producer Didtributed by 20th Century Fox/Scott Free 2005