Become a classic since its release, “Braveheart” by Mel Gibson blows the 25th anniversary of its release in our dark rooms. Hey yes, already … By the way, you knew that the “Braveheart” in question is not Mel Gibson precisely?
On October 4, 1995, just 25 years ago (yes, already …), Mel Gibson’s Braveheart came out on our screens. This évocation of the tumultuous life of William Wallace, hero and symbol of Scottish independence who at the end of the 13th century faced the troops of the King of England Edward I who had just invaded his country, left a lasting mark on the retinal memory of those and those who have discovered this work in theaters. Triumphant at the Oscars in 1996, the film leaves with five statuettes, including those for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Photography, performed by the immense op ‘chef John Toll, the same who will produce this – absolutely sublime – of The Red Line by Terrence Malick.
Below, for fun, the trailer for Braveheart …
Between Mel Gibson and History, it’s a great passion as the other would say. Braveheart is the first milestone, before Mad Mel begins to disembowel the English with an ax during the American War of Independence in the film The Patriot (under the auspices of Roland Emmerich); explore The Passion of Christ, and dive into the Mayan civilization with the awe-inspiring Apocalypto. Whatever one might think of the man, Mel Gibson’s cinema still bears an unusual visual power.
The little history lesson …
Face painted blue, Gibson therefore plays the Highlanders by playing William Wallace, hero of the First Scottish War of Independence. Except that in reality, Wallace was not really the poor fellow embodied by the actor-director, a farmer by trade. Wallace was initially of noble origin, a knight, even if he came from the lower nobility … and did not wear a kilt. Ah! And the love affairs with Princess Isabelle (the youngest daughter of the King of France Philippe IV), played by Sophie Marceau, is part of Gibson’s overflowing imagination. Especially when the film takes place, she was actually only 3 years old!
The very title of the film, Braveheart, was in fact the nickname given to Robert The Bruce, alias Robert I, King of Scotland. The latter led well, as shown by the end of the film, the decisive battle of Bannockburn in 1314, won over the troops of King Edward II of England, who wrested the independence of Scotland until 1707. Let us add that the Robert’s betrayal of William Wallace for the benefit of the English, before redeeming himself on the battlefield of Bannockburn, has made historians stand on end …
To come back to Wallace, he was indeed put to death in 1305 in despicable conditions (eviscerated, quartered, hanged, beheaded … In short, we will not serve you the menu of details, but he was entitled to treatment. favor). Its members were sent to the four corners of the kingdom and exposed, to serve as a warning to anyone who dared to rebel against the authority of the British crown.
Flash Forward Sequence
An “almost” sequel to Braveheart, is it possible? Absolutely; it’s even called Robert The Bruce. 25 years later, it is the same actor, Angus Macfadyen, who again takes on the costume of Robert I, who continues the fight against the English. The film was released in the few UK theaters that opened on April 24. A release date that coincided elsewhere with the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath, which saw Robert I declare Scotland a free land. It is not entirely a coincidence. Because the film is a project carried at arm’s length and during quite a few years by its main actor, Scottish very attached to the national cause.