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Old 08-10-2019, 10:33 AM
Brayne Ded is offline
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Originally Posted by terentii View Post
Almost every scene of mediaeval combat ever filmed, where it's clear the actors have no idea how their weapons were actually used. The most egregious example I can think of is Errol Flynn and Basil Rathbone fencing with broadswords in 1938's The Adventures of Robin Hood.

Corollaries: Actors in period pieces loading their muskets and cannons in ways that would get their hands blown off in real life. Flintlock-era firearms that use percussion caps, like Faye Dunaway's pistol in The Four Musketeers. Masses of 18th and 19th century soldiers charging headlong across a battlefield instead of advancing slowly in ordered ranks and files. Napoleonic-era soldiers marching to brass bands instead of fifes and drums.
Ever noticed how sword fencing is carefully choreographed so the two actors just hit each other blades, and they never, ever stab. With good reason.

Most period war films have groups of soldiers charging each other in a disorganized mob. Uh, no. You can't hold formation when running, and you need the breath for fighting. Then sword fights; the hero gives a dramatic slash and his opponent obliging drops down with barely a scream. And the hero gets ahead of his men. That's a recipe for being cut down from behind in no time. And medieval battles seems to have a penchant for sword and axes. Wot, no polearms?

FWIW, just about everything in Braveheart is historically wrong. Oh yes, fire in medieval battles. Yeah.

Battles are always speeded up, for dramatic effect. Real ones could last several hours. And for 18-19C battles, it took more than one or two volleys to break the enemy.