The Legend of El Cid

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After the death of their father, Sancho, Alfonso, and García become kings of Castile, Leon, and Galicia, respectively. The disputes between them will turn the Iberian Peninsula into a battlefield. Ruy is knighted, and is getting closer and closer to achieving the dream his father never could. But, along the way, he will have to sacrifice what he loves most.
Starring
Jaime LorenteAlicia SanzFrancisco Ortiz
Genres
Drama
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EnglishالعربيةČeštinaDanskDeutschΕλληνικάEspañol [CC]SuomiFilipinoFrançaisעבריתहिन्दीMagyarIndonesiaItaliano日本語한국어Bahasa MelayuNorsk BokmålNederlandsPolskiPortuguês (Brasil)Português (Portugal)RomânăРусскийSvenskaதமிழ்తెలుగుไทยTürkçe中文(简体)中文(繁體)
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  1. 1. Promises and Temptations
    July 14, 2021
    55min
    16+
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    English, العربية, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español [CC], Suomi, Filipino, Français, עברית, हिन्दी, Magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, 한국어, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Română, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
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    English, Deutsch, Español, Español [descripción de audio], Français, Italiano, Português, 日本語
    After the assassination of Flaín, the Count of Leon, many point at Ruy as the culprit. Meanwhile, the one from Vivar is forced to go back to Zaragoza, where he was sentenced to death for having lain with Amina, the Emir’s daughter. In Leon, Urraca finds out that Jimena and Ruy are in love, and schemes a plan to gain benefit from this information.
  2. 2. The Burden of Duty
    July 14, 2021
    57min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English, العربية, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español [CC], Suomi, Filipino, Français, עברית, हिन्दी, Magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, 한국어, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Română, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
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    English, Deutsch, Español, Español [descripción de audio], Français, Italiano, Português, 日本語
    Alfonso, following Urraca’s advice, has one last tempting card up his sleeve to get Ruy to stay in Leon by his side: breaking off Jimena’s betrothal to Orduño and blessing her marriage to Ruy. Ruy will get everything he wants, but in exchange he will have to betray Sancho. Meanwhile, the Arabs, who are looking to destabilize the Christian kingdoms, tell Sancha that the King was poisoned.
  3. 3. Wind of War
    July 14, 2021
    60min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English, العربية, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español [CC], Suomi, Filipino, Français, עברית, हिन्दी, Magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, 한국어, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Română, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
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    English, Deutsch, Español, Español [descripción de audio], Français, Italiano, Português, 日本語
    After Sancha’s death, the war between the three brothers is imminent. Sancho sets out to attack Galicia, but in order to do that he must pass through Leon. Alfonso can’t decide whether to leverage that moment and attack him or to let him through. Meanwhile, Ruy struggles with the passion between him and Amina, and the pain that Jimena’s betrothal to Orduño is causing him.
  4. 4. Ambush
    July 14, 2021
    54min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English, العربية, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español [CC], Suomi, Filipino, Français, עברית, हिन्दी, Magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, 한국어, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Română, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
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    English, Deutsch, Español, Español [descripción de audio], Français, Italiano, Português, 日本語
    After Ruy’s decisive intervention in the battle, Sancho of Castile takes Galicia from his brother García. But this does not bring peace to the Iberian Peninsula. On the contrary: the final battle between Leon and Castile is approaching. Meanwhile, Ruy is forced to betray Amina.
  5. 5. The Path of Hate
    July 14, 2021
    1 h 11 min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English, العربية, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español [CC], Suomi, Filipino, Français, עברית, हिन्दी, Magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, 한국어, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Română, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
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    English, Deutsch, Español, Español [descripción de audio], Français, Italiano, Português, 日本語
    Sancho has decided to execute his brother Alfonso and the rest of Leonese nobles who support him, including Orduño. As soon as Alfonso is dead, Sancho will be crowned King of Leon, and as a reward for his services, he offers Ruy the title of Count when Orduño is executed. He can finally get everything he has dreamed of: nobility, lands… and Jimena. But there is something Ruy isn’t counting on.

Bonus (2)

  1. Bonus: El Cid Season 2 - Official Trailer
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    July 6, 2021
    1min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English, Deutsch, Español, Français, Italiano, 日本語, Português
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    Español
    After the death of their father, Sancho, Alfonso and García became respectively the King of Castile, the King of León and the King of Galicia. The conflicts between them will transform the Iberian Peninsula into a battlefield. Ruy is knighted. He is closer to accomplish his father's unfulfilled dream, but along the way he will have to sacrifice what he loves the most.
  2. Bonus: El Cid: Season 1 Recap
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    July 6, 2021
    2min
    16+
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    Español
    Ruy Díaz de Vivar is a Young page who loyally serves his master, Sancho, the future King of León and Castile. While he fights to come out on top in the Court thanks to his natural talent with a sword, he gets caught up in a conspiracy to overthrow the King, which would cause as much bloodshed, pain, and death in the Christian Kingdoms as it would in the Muslim taifas

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Directors
Marco A. Castillo
Supporting actors
Elia GaleraJuan EchanoveLucía GuerreroJaime OlíasJuan FernándezPablo ÁlvarezAdrián SalzedoDaniel AlbaladejoRodrigo PoisónDavid CastilloAlvaro RicoLucía DíezNicolás IlloroAlfons NietoSara Vidorreta
Producers
Zebra SeriesJose VelascoSara Fernández-Velasco
Season year
2021
Network
Amazon Studios
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ARDELL BReviewed in the United States on July 16, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
More fiction than history
Historical inaccuracies and exaggerations galore. Definitely geared towards a modern feminine audience with the women playing much larger role, than they actually had, during the reconquest of Spain from the Moors.
30 people found this helpful
Sotto voceReviewed in the United States on July 17, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Chimney's were still hundred years in the future
I had to get past some difficult El Cid casting issues … i.e., Heston was the real El Cid and Loren the real Doña Ximena, but get past that and enjoy the epic vista. The epic is plenty of good reason to soak up the second season series.

Dark age legends are challenging to appreciate fully. The legend of El Cid of Spain is much akin to the Legends of Arthur. But, as with so much, nothing is what it appears today. The Arthur legend in time and place was really about the last stand of the Xtian Roman Britons fighting pagan non-Roman hordes from Denmark and popularly known as the first wave of Anglo-Saxons. As it happens, the Anglo-Saxons (pre-Vikings) were invited into Britania by a loose association of Roman Briton tribal leaders in the East (kings in name only), lacking legitimacy and warriors and not caring a wit about Pagans. We don't call white Britons Roman. Anglo-Saxons replaced them. William of Normandy had not yet conquered and slain Harold in the time of the El Cid legend. As we might recognize it, England would not appear until the Plantagenets some hundreds of years later than El Cid.

Supposing history and historical travel is your thing, deep-dive Spain circa 700-1100. The history of the period offers an understanding of the fascinating strangeness of the El Campeador legend. Of course, the real story might be even more interesting than the legend if someone was literate enough to write it down at the time, but no one did.

As with the Heston/Loren version, the missing story ingredient is the background against which to introduce the epic. Although historians, especially Spanish historians, might disagree, I'm settled that El Cid was the leading edge of the last Visigoths. El Cid was not yet a Spanish story. There was no concept of Europe, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, or France. Europeans and Moors shared common Roman citizenship. The Moors converted to Islam which didn't change the socio-economic reality that they were fellow Romans.

In time and place, the Roman Empire never fell. A Roman Fall is an 18th-century French construct that has been wildly misconstrued to this very day. If the Roman Empire fell, no one at the time noticed it. There is no written history to tell the tale of this last Visigothic claim to nationhood under the Kings of Leon. It's a legend with just the slightest hint of historical authenticity.

So what was the deal among the crazy siblings of the Kings of Leon? The Kings of Leon inherited title according to Salic agnatic law. Salic agnatic succession guaranteed continued Dark Age disaster in Western Europe. Salic agnatic law was perhaps the root cause of the Dark Ages lasting 500, barely recorded, super-violent years (30% of grave inhabitants died a violent death, another 30% reveal violent related injury). A Salic agnatic kingdom was divided among all the sons (legal and recognized bastard) upon the king's death. The internecine wars were always among siblings and never about the working man, nationality, or ethnicity. Human calamity was never left to chance. Charlemagne's first EU of Germany, France, Italy, and Low Countries instantly crumbled under the divide it all up succession tradition. The whole of Europe is likewise sub-divided into incompetent regions and city-states. The reason? Salic primogeniture succession had not yet been invented.

Amazon's "Legend of El Cid" is very impressive for its attention to time and place nuance. The sites are real, though wholly 'modernized' in the 12th-14th centuries. There remains a handful of examples of 'pure' period architecture in Spain today. Primitive is an understatement, but you be the judge.

I really enjoyed the historical accuracy, interesting elements, and the peculiar.

The Galicians play battle bagpipes! Galicia was Celtic in origin and isolated behind mountains from the Iberian main. Their major trading partner for millennia with a common Celtic trade tongue was Ireland and Scotland. These are the ancestors of modern Basques.

Alfonso's Mercian shield-maiden wife Berta was an arranged 'power' marriage. Perhaps arranged by Harold Godwinson for a future alliance against the Franks before the Norman Conquest … Alfonso chose poorly retrospectively. Berta, whom everyone has to like here, vanishes from history. Alphonso went on to have many wives in the Visigothic tradition.

Chimneys hadn't re-emerged … indoor cooking over the fireplace was just short of a family and friends smothering.

As the RCC priest said, "Blinding or banishment was the reward for a king brother defeated in combat by a brother." Still, it wasn't a Roman philosopher's wild tale, as the priest told Urraca. It was, in fact, existing Eastern Roman-Byzantine law and western European common law of a sort widely applied across the old Roman Empire.

A second priestly error violated a Visigothic succession law. Upon public tonsuring (a huge deal akin to blinding among Visigoths), Garcia was forever condemned in the same manner as being banished or blinded. That he wasn't buried alive or starved to death in a hermit hole is the surprise. Only uncut, long-haired males could rule Visigoths.

So far, we have not seen bio-facilities. Facilities in Visigothic Iberia hadn't been 're-discovered. Like the Sun King's Versailles, you just went over to a corner, any corner, to take care of business.

The real enemy of the 400 year Moorish/Visigothic Iberian alliance was against the Franks to the north. The Franks had fought an endless war with the Visigothic/Moorish alliance since Charles Martel at Tours. That Martel fought raiding party from an alliance of Visigoths+Moors at Tours in 732 is no longer a popular narrative. As the Kings of Leon remind us here, the Franks had ripped Catalonia (including Barcelona) from Visigoths and Moors.

How bad was it, really? Drive the France A61 and A64 to catch a glimpse. You can still see the period's "Maginot Line" of massively fortified walled cities (e.g., Carcassone et al.) against the threat of the Visigothic/Moorish invasion.

Anyway ... we don't call the Spanish, Moorish Visigoths anymore.
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ProfdlReviewed in the United States on July 27, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent series in its Spanish original--much less so in English dubbing
This is not as compelling as the original El Cid motion picture with Heston and Loren (one of my top three movies of all time). But is is an excellent production nonetheless--at least in the original Spanish version. The English dubbing is horrible by comparison--and I would have stopped watching after 15 minutes of the first episode if I could not see it in the original Castilian. While it contains some of the "obligatory" political correct content, it suffers far less from it than almost all other modern films and series. And I found some of it actually quite refreshing rather than infuriatingly annoying, such as the portrayal of strong, decisive women. While some may dismiss this as just the usual nonsensical historical revisionism, the independence and bravery of women in the North West of Spain in the most difficulty times of its history is as real as that of Viking women. Yes, some aspects are perhaps a bit overdone, but do not stretch dramatic license to the breaking point for this full-Spaniard by from the former Kingdom of Galicia. Both the men and women in the areas portrayed were fiercely independent and resisted not just the Moor invaders for 8 centuries while most of the Iberian Peninsula succumbed to their occupation before launching the successful reconquest from the North, but also other would-be conquerors before them, including Rome. El Cid is a historical national hero, but neither this mini-series nor the original Heston portrayal should be taken as historically accurate fact. They are not. What they are is honest, believable, solid entertainment. Highly recommended, but take off at least two stars if you must suffer through the dubbed version. If you do not understand Spanish or struggle with the (real) Castilian version, please play what Netflix terms the original "European Spanish" (e.g., Castilian) audio soundtrack and read the English subtitles. It will greatly enhance the experience.
7 people found this helpful
robin spindlerReviewed in the United States on July 15, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Dubbed foreign language film
Dubbing is a detriment to any film but it's worse for some, this one being a good example. It's a serious film and there are intense dialogues where the actors' faces are shown close up; dubbing just doesn't work very well for that kind of scene, sometimes making it look almost comical.

Otherwise it's a decent movie. The photography is very good and the scenes are all good-looking, with well designed backgrounds and activity that gives it an authentic look. Anyone who likes period pieces about the middle ages will like this film for this reason alone (though it might be better as background with the sound turned off).

The actors appear to be very good, though the dubbing makes it hard to tell and detracts from it.

The fight scenes are ok, I'd say average for this type of movie, nothing spectacular but no worse than what you usually see in movies.

This is all based on having seen only the first episode. If it was not dubbed I would probably watch the rest, but as it is, only if there is no other good option.
6 people found this helpful
Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on July 16, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Overall really good story, but needs better english dialogue voice overs
El Cid is a gem and I binged watched this season in one night just like I did the first season. The plot between the siblings is great I only wish there were a couple more episodes to flesh out the narratives and provide more background for the characters and their motivations.

!!!SPOIL ALERT!!! For example, the youngest brother Garcia is gay all of a sudden with very little lead up, the youngest sister loves Ruy out of nowhere - enough to want to marry him, Sancho wants to kill Urraca - this is understandable from the perspective of the audience because we know all the manipulation and meddling she has done throughout the series, but Ruy fails to understand this from his perspective, which causes him to leave Sancho's service rather abruptly. Also abrupt was the hate between Urraca and her Mother, last season they had a decent relationship, but now the Mother seems to have always hated her from the time she was young. This seems a bit inconsistent. Also the middle brother Alfonso should have been put to death asap for starting the battle in an ambush and not adhering to the code. Sancho was too merciful. Sancho was the stand out character for me - he seemed the most torn between all the conflicts and living up to his kingly responsibilities while getting married to a bride sight unseen, which he did upon his Mother's guidance and it turned out well. I was glad the second season added some humor other than the fighters/ Ruy's friends. I was really glad they added the humor to the most stressed of the characters as well - Sancho.

Another small critique that would also benefit from a few more episodes is the travel time between all the cities. The characters simply arrive at a city that would take days of travel without anytime on the road. Sometimes they are single riders which would be faster than an entire army, but at least one overnight camping scene here and there would add a touch of realistic portrayal of the time and provide an opportunity to show the scenery of Spain.

Overall really great - Oh except 1 little detail that is rather annoying after decades of whitewashing Hollywood. Amazon and the producers of this series still make all the Moors white (except 2) WTF?!?! I know this is a Spanish production and Spain would like to erase the part of their history that does not include them as foremost in culture, economics, architecture, etc. but at what point are you bringing more attention to your insecurities rather than letting the facts simply be what they are? Attention to the Spanish production team: we all know the Moors were Brown/ Black/ Melanated people. Having 2 token Moors that look authentic just causes more questions about how the son of the Ruler of Zaragoza is Brown but no one else in the Royal Family is. I will give you credit for showing the difference and superior architecture and engineering produced by the Moors in comparison to the Leonese and Castillians though, but that is something that can't be removed from the record since those structures are still standing and are indisputably Islamic. But besides this, really great show.
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Avid readerReviewed in the United States on July 17, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Intrigue, battles and death
Whether this is an historical melodrama, or a factual look at a period few people know about, it is an interesting season. While Season 1 explored the rise of Ruy (el Cid) this one advances the narrative into his early influences. There are brothers fighting for the kingdoms that were left to each of them after the death of their father, the King. As stated, they will fight each other until there is only one left. And adding to the intrigue, are the sisters who have their own agenda. The Moors still play a peripheral part, although important, and tribute plays a role. The battle scenes, while not as polished as those of the very expensive epics of LOTR and GOT, the amount of money spent has to be much less. Despite that, few would leave without knowing that those battle were bloody and brutal. And the Kings were personally involved. None of that sitting behind castle walls while others died for their King. And when the King was killed or captured, that ended the battle. When it seemed the one King might waver, he was reminded that “You wanted the Crown. Now bear the weight of it.” I look forward to a third season. Hopefully it won’t be too long, as I had to go back into Season 1 to refresh my memory on portions.
4 people found this helpful
BolivianaReviewed in the United States on July 17, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very well made historical series
I was waiting for the second season, excellent casting.
It said only 5 episodes, but on line the review are of 10 episodes,I hope there are more seasons.
His remains were stolen by the French when during the war with Spain invaded and stole and looted.
Years later some of his remains were returned and is buried next to his beloved Doña Ximena.
Google it.
One can choose the original Castilian in audio and subtitles in English.
I cant stand dubbed films
In my case only castilian audio.
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E. MirallesReviewed in the United States on July 15, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good storyline - a blunder to dub in English
How to screw up a good thing. Why? available in so many dubbed languages except the original Spanish - inexcusable!
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