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Black Death

A movie directed by Christopher Smith

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'Black Death' Two Jews On Film Feel The Horror Of The Plague With This Historical Gem (Video)

  • Feb 28, 2011


Black Death' directed by  Christopher Smith (Severance) takes place in Europe...The year is 1348...And things aren't going so great.  The Bubonic Plague has broken out and threatens to basically decimate everyone in its path.  Fear and superstition is at an all time high.  No one has figured out that the Plague comes from a rat bite.

The Church is starting to lose its grip on the people which of course makes the holy ones very unhappy.  Plus, there are rumors of a village, hidden in a marshland, that is untouched by the Plague.  That can mean only one thing...The villagers have to be in cahoots with the devil.  It doesn't help that there is also talk of a necromancer living there who is able to bring the dead back to life.

 Ulric (Sean Bean) a fearsome knight, is ordered by the Church to investigate these rumors.  He enlists the guidance of a novice monk, Osmund (Eddie Redmayne) to lead him and his not so merry band of mercenary soldiers to the marshland to find these so called evil doers.  Osmund agrees to help but he has a hidden motive for wanting to leave his monastery.  And it involves a chick.

The journey to the village and the events that unfold take Osmund, Ulric and the mercanaries into the heart of darkness and eventually, they face horrors that will put their faith in God to the ultimate test.

 'Black Death' is a very violent, but very well made film.  It's part horror story, part historical epic. It's also a film that is very easy to relate to in terms of the time, religious intolerance and the fear of global pestilence.  Things that are still going on today.  In the 14th century, they had the Bubonic Plague which killed half the population of Europe....We have SARS, Swine Flue, Ebola...Anyone one of these has the potential to wipe us out.  Makes you kind of wonder...Have things really changed that much?  'Two Jews On Film' awarded this film not only bagels but a shmere.  'Black Death' opens in theaters, Friday, March 11, 2011.

'Black Death' Two Jews On Film Feel The Horror Of The Plague With This Historical Gem (Video) 'Black Death' Two Jews On Film Feel The Horror Of The Plague With This Historical Gem (Video) 'Black Death' Two Jews On Film Feel The Horror Of The Plague With This Historical Gem (Video)

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February 28, 2011
Don't forget to watch our video.
March 01, 2011
Trying to, but it won't work at my work computer so I'll have to come back later to check it out once I get home. I am sssooo pumped to do see this! I think the recent "Season of the Witch" took inspiration from this. I am happy you liked this one.
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review by . March 19, 2011
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An Examination of Faith and How Contradictions are Present in Human Existence...
Sometime in January this year, I went to see the Hollywood medieval horror film “Season of the Witch” with very low expectations. I have eagerly awaited to see the movie that seemed to have inspired (to me)the idea that disappointing film had tried to portray with mainstream audiences in mind. I wanted to see a real movie about the period when the Black Death ran rampant throughout the land; I wanted to see a story beset in that period as to I could see the fear that such a horrible …
review by . June 26, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
*** out of ****     Not too long ago, I was in a World Studies classroom, studying the material covered in Christopher Smith's "Black Death". You could say that I was studying the Black Death/Black Plague itself, but then you would be wrong. We did not go in depth; we studied for only a few weeks, never quite touching the complex things. So this provoked me to dig around for my own; salvaging historical information regarding such a disastrous catastrophe. And let's just say that …
review by . March 17, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Star Rating:         Black Death is not merely vile, sadistic, cruel, and ugly, it’s also deeply immoral. In the fourteenth century, as Bubonic Plague ravishes Europe, an isolated English village has managed to keep out the pestilence, first by renouncing God, second by torturing and murdering Christians who kill in God’s name. The fatal flaw of this premise is that it gives credence to reprehensible acts of violence on both sides of the religious spectrum. …
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We're married, ex New Yorkers, see a lot of films and seldom agree. We rate films with bagels...one to five. My husband, John created the cult classic films FACES OF DEATH. I'm an actress/screenwriter. &nbs … more
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Set during the time of the first outbreak of bubonic plague in England, a young monk is tasked with learning the truth about reports of people being brought back to life in a small village.
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Director: Christopher Smith
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Horror, Mystery
Release Date: 11 June 2010 (UK)
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Dario Poloni
Runtime: 97 min
Studio: Egoli Tossell Film, German Federal Film Board, Kulturelle Filmförderung, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
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