El Cid Movies & Media Adaptations

Marcel Charles Andrade
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The best-known modern media adaptation of the Cantar de mio Cid is El Cid, the 1961 film produced by Anthony Mann and starring Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren. It draws on later romance versions of the Cid legend, and is considered one of the finest epic films ever made. It was restored and re-released by Martin Scorsese for Miramax films, and is available on home video.

Another famous adaptation of the Cantar, also drawing on later texts, is the play Le Cid by Pierre Corneille, written in 1637 and published in translation by John Cairncross. See The Cid Cinna; The theatrical illusion, by Pierre Corneille, Penguin Classics, 1975.

Corneille, in turn, drew from the Spanish playwright Guillen de Castro's 1618 play The youthful deeds of the Cid, available in translation from Exposition Press, 1969.

At least two operas also drew on the Cid legends, including Antonio Sacchmi's Cidde of 1784, available from T. Michaelis...

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