Watching The Last DuelWe remembered our tips for using movies to help us soulmake in a theater, which was one of the few times that we had seen a movie during the pandemic. We wanted a deeper experience than just watching action in a long-ago setting. We prepared.
- “The silent time before the screen lights up connects you with those who made this film and those who have seen it.” It allows you to connect with others who have waited in the dark for the magic to unfold.
- “Enter the movie with an open mind.
- “Think of the film and yourself as spiritual teachers and a willing and enthusiastic student.”
- Breathe in, exhale out. “Calm wisdom.”
The Last Duel takes place during the Hundred Years War (1337–1453) between France and England. It was known as “the age of chivalry”, during which brave fighters in battle were awarded knighthoods. They wanted to live by a moral code that emphasized bravery, courtesy and honor. Gallantry towards women, who were highly valued and needed to be protected was one of their most distinctive qualities.
The Last DuelIt is a hard and rigorous morality drama that focuses on the struggle between a knight and a squire. The film depicts the decline of the chivalric code against the backdrop of chauvinistic power play. Tony Scott directed the film, whose first movie was The Duellists.
This ambitious film provides a harsh counterpoint for the Hollywood stories about knights/maidens (see “Movies About Knights”) It is based upon Eric Jager’s 2004 nonfiction book. The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal, and Trial by Combat. The screenplay of Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Nicole Holofcener brings the tension and high intrigue to this page-turner to life.Can You Ever Forgive Me?(*(). This is the first screenplay Damon and Affleck have co-written together since winning an Academy Award. Good Will Hunting1998
Sir Jean de Carrouges (Matt Damon), a knight and Jacques Le Gris, a squire are close friends who served the King as effective warriors. They are however separated by class and lifestyle differences.
The knight marries Marguerite (Jodie Komer), a beautiful independent woman, to increase his wealth and prestige. He is later outraged that the local overlord Count Pierre d’Alencon, Ben Affleck, grants toLe Gris both the land he had been promised by Marguerite and the title he should inherit from his father.
Le Gris is a well-known womanizer at court and sets his sights on Marguerite. De Carrouges, who is away at battle, comes to Marguerite’s home and rapes him. To everyone’s shock she decides to not only tell her husband, but to publicly condemn Le Gris. The case ends up before the King, setting the stage to a duel. It is believed that the winner of a duel to death is God’s favor and on the side for the truth.
The Loss of Feeling Function
Let one of the three main characters from the film come to life in your imagination.
- Take on the role of the “other” in the drama. Accept the character and learn from them.
Living your Unlived lifeRobert Johnson and Jerry Ruhl talk about how middle-aged people lose “feeling functions”. They have difficulty finding joy, meaning, worth, or purpose in life. This could also be said for several characters in the film, who have not dealt with their shadow sides.
Take a hard look at the troubles you have had in your life expressing your private emotions — especially jealousy, respect for and love of friends, resentment about those who have a low regard for you. Next, imagine yourself as one of the characters in the film and answer these questions. You can also answer them yourself.
– What is the most driving force in your life right now?
– What’s your greatest fear?
Are you a risk-taker or do your instincts dictate what you do?
– What does truth really mean to you?
Healing the Dark EmotionsMiriam Greenspan explains another psychological process in her article. It is illustrated in The Last DuelShe writes: She writes:
“Ours, a dissociative culture, is one that separates body and mind, spirit from soul, feeling from thought, and body from mind. This kind of dissociation has been a particular requirement of patriarchy’s masculinity. Men are taught from their youth to protect their bodies from emotion. . . .
“Women are expected not only to show the emotional vulnerability taboo for men but also to feel it. However, they are devalued for doing so. . . . Both men and women are affected.
Pay attention to both the masculine as well as the feminine energies that play such a large role in the fates of the three main characters in this movie.
– How can they be impaired?
– What is the expectation of the men? Marguerite? Discuss how the expectations work in modern societies.
The storyline of
The Last DuelThe three main characters interact around a vicious, brutal rape. The screenplay is broken into three chapters. We are able to see the story through the eyes of Marguerite and Les Gris. Be aware, viewers, that this film shows what is happening today at a faster rate than it did in the Middle Ages.
Elaine Hilberman stated that rape is an act involving violence and humiliation. The victim feels overwhelming fear for her own existence as well as a deep sense of powerlessness that few other life events can compare to.
The Journal of Psychiatry. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one third of Americans have been victims to sexual violence in 2014. 23 million women and two million men were raped. This prayer is from our Praying The News blog. It is for them as well as for others of other eras like Marguerite who have been brutalized.
“One who Weeps, be there for all victims of sexual abuse as they deal with the trauma of having been attacked.”
“Trusted Guide, stay by our side, as we work with the victims of sexual violence to find more solutions to prevent violence and bring safety to places where all shall be at ease — in their communities, schools, and homes.”
Capital punishment is the culmination both of violence at the ends of society: the violence committed by an individual criminal and whose life ends with a violent death; the violence committed by the state, its police forces and its wars, whose ultimate expression of violence is the use death as a form for retributive justice.
— Mario Marazziti in
13 Ways to Look at the Death PenaltyThe Last Duel
This film is actually based in part on the story about France’s last sanctioned judicial battle. What message does this film convey about capital punishment’s morality? Eric Jager, the author of the book about the duel, explains how the public reacts to scandals like this:
“Historical scandals, just like the ones that fill our news sites and tabloids today, are built on a shared sense of certainty about the truth — a feeling that often defies the elusive truth.”
Honor the mystery and the ambiguity
- The Last DuelAs it unfolds on screen. You cannot explain everything.Movies about Knights
We used the same approach to the characters and themes in
The Last DuelYou could also use it with other films about knights. Here are some to look at.
(1981) John Boorman is an English director who has the opportunity to understand and share the magic of the Arthurian myth.
(1995) is a spectacular entertainment featuring a king-sized amount of romance, ritual, adrenalin-pumping Drama, and all centered around the Knights of the Roundtable.
(1998) presents an imaginatively realized slice Arthurian mythology, as it examines the adventures and soothsayers.
Monty Python and The Holy Grail
(1975) Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones and Terry Jones mock the earnestness and arrogance of King Arthur in this comedy classic.his noble quest.
Quest For Camelot
(1998) is a fun animated feature that features two young idealists on a mission to save the Kingdom Of Camelot.
Movies with soul have a lot to offer. There’s always something to see, feel, or make known. As you leave the theatre or your streaming device, thank those who brought this story to life with their creativity and dedication.
- Take the time to reflect on the experience and to fully understand it.
- Through. Take care of yourself during this time to ensure that the movie’s true essence is not lost or diminished.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgygUwPJvYk