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El Cid Review 2020 Tv Show Series Season Cast Crew Online
Creators: Luis Arranz, José Velasco
Stars: Jaime Lorente, Alicia Sanz, José Luis García Pérez
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Amazon Studios has released the first set of images from Spanish blockbuster series “El Cid.” The series tells the story of Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, A.K.A. El Cid, a Castilian nobleman and war hero in medieval Spain and traces his journey as he tries to find his place within a complex monarchy that tries to control him. Jaime Lorente (“Money Heist”) plays the titular character, and the cast also includes José Luis García-Pérez, Elia Galera, Carlos Bardem, Alicia Sanz and Jaime Olías.
The series is created by José Velasco and is produced by Zebra Producciones. Gustavo Santaolalla, Oscar-winner for “Brokeback Mountain” and “Babel,” composes. Jamie Lang
ViacomCBS International Studios and La Claqueta PC will co-develop “Jamila,” a fictional drama series for television. The series follows three characters whose paths cross in Seville: a young woman who has been ousted from her deceased father’s illegal business by her own uncles; a rising footballer, devastated by a life-changing injury; and a garbage truck driver dreaming of a different life.
Olmo Figueredo (“The Endless Trench”) and Alberto Marini (“The Unit”), are showrunners and co-creators, while José Rodríguez Suárez, (“Goodbye”) serves as co-creator and lead writer.
EL CID becomes estranged from his fiancee, Chimene (Sophia Loren), after he kills her father (Andrew Cruickshank), who has unjustly accused him of treason. El Cid and Chimene are married but never enjoy a wedding night; she plots against him and, when her intrigues come to naught, enters a
convent. Upon the death of King Ferdinand (Ralph Truman), Spain, which is continually besieged by the Islamic Moors, is further divided by the deceased ruler’s warring offspring. Meanwhile, Chimene realizes that her husband is an honorable man and they reconcile, eventually having children. The
family retreats to a monastery while El Cid lays siege to Valencia, the last outpost of the Moorish usurpers.
Eleventh-century Spain has been lavishly recreated by Mann and producer Samuel Bronston. The photography by Robert Krasker is spectacular, as are the battle scenes, filmed with the help of veteran stuntman Yakima Canutt as second-unit director. Canutt staged the siege of Valencia brilliantly,
employing the ancient walled city of Pensacola, 5,000 Spanish army troops, and a Moorish battle fleet of 35 lifesize reconstructed ships. What gets lost is Mann’s signature focus on psychological conflict. The sheer size of the production dwarfs such issues, and Heston is far better at conveying righteous authority than moral doubt.