Beowulf [beɪoʊ-wʊlf] (möglicherweise altengl. für „Bienen-Wolf“, Kenning für „ Bär“) ist ein frühmittelalterliches episches Heldengedicht in angelsächsischen. Beowulf & Grendel ist eine von Sturla Gunnarsson gedrehte Verfilmung des. Febr. Das Beowulf-Epos gehört zu den berühmtesten Dichtungen aus dem alten England. Hinter der Sage über Heldenmut und Monster verbirgt sich.
This is in sum a thoroughly enjoyable film and I don't hesitate to recommend it, but especially to guys who will have a richer appreciation of it all than I would expect the usual woman will.
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Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. Full Cast and Crew. The warrior Beowulf must fight and defeat the monster Grendel who is terrorizing Denmark, and later, Grendel's mother, who begins killing out of revenge.
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Musician 3 Brice Martin Musician 4 as Brice H. Cille as Julene Rennee Greg Ellis Wulfgar as Sebastian Roche Leslie Zemeckis Edit Storyline Set against the coming of Christianity, this is the story of the last hero: Edit Details Official Sites: Culver Studios - W.
Edit Did You Know? Trivia In some areas, release prints were delivered to theaters with the fake titles "Epic" or "Sally". Goofs One of Beowulf's men sings about a whore from Norway.
It is very unlikely that "Norway" would be used as a place name before the unification of Norway in AD, almost four centuries after the scene's setting.
Quotes [ first lines ] King Hrothgar: Give me some mead, my queen! Alternate Versions Director's Cut features violence and nudity cut from the theatrical version.
Beowulf and his men celebrate in Heorot to lure Grendel out. When the beast attacks, Beowulf engages him unarmed and naked. During the fight, Beowulf discovers that Grendel has hypersensitive hearing and ruptures the creature's eardrum.
Grendel shrinks in size and manages to escape only after Beowulf severs his arm, mortally wounding him. In thanks for freeing his kingdom from the monster, Hrothgar gives Beowulf his golden drinking horn, which commemorates Hrothgar's victory over the mighty dragon Fafnir.
In his cave, Grendel's mother swears revenge over his corpse. She travels to Heorot and slaughters Beowulf's men while they are sleeping.
Hrothgar tells both Beowulf and Wiglaf, who had been sleeping outside the hall during the attack, that it was the work of Grendel's mother. She is the last of the Water Demons, who were thought to have left the land.
Beowulf and Wiglaf travel to the demon's cave to slay her. Beowulf enters the cave alone and encounters the demon, who takes the form of a beautiful woman.
She seduces him with promises to make him king in exchange for the drinking horn and a son to replace Grendel. Beowulf returns to Heorot and announces he has killed the demon.
Only Hrothgar is not fooled, as he too had been seduced by the demon; Grendel was the result of their tryst. Hrothgar crowns Beowulf king, then commits suicide by jumping from the castle parapet onto the beach below.
Years later, the elderly Beowulf is the estranged husband of Wealtheow, who has converted to Christianity.
Beowulf has a mistress, Ursula, but his tryst with Grendel's mother has left him sterile. On the anniversary of Beowulf's victory against Grendel, Unferth returns the golden drinking horn, which his slave had found on the moors.
That night, a nearby village is destroyed by a dragon , which then transforms into a golden figure, who orders Unferth to give a message to King Beowulf, the dragon's father.
Beowulf and Wiglaf go to the cave once again, and Beowulf enters the cave alone. When Grendel's mother appears, Beowulf gives her the golden horn, but she refuses to stop the attacks.
The dragon attacks Beowulf's castle, threatening Wealtheow and Ursula. Despite his age, Beowulf goes to great lengths to stop the dragon, slicing off his own arm in the process.
Eventually, he kills the dragon by ripping its heart out, and he and the creature tumble to the rocky beach below the castle. As Wiglaf approaches him, Beowulf tries to tell the truth about his affair with Grendel's mother, but Wiglaf insists on keeping his legacy intact.
As the new king, Wiglaf gives Beowulf a Norse funeral. Grendel's mother appears and gives Beowulf a final kiss before his burning ship sinks into the sea.
Wiglaf sees the golden horn washed by the waves of the sea in the sand while Grendel's mother floats in the sea. As she smiles at him seductively, Wiglaf moves into the surf.
In January , producer Steve Bing , at the behest of Zemeckis who was wanting to direct the film himself, revived the production by convincing Avary that Zemeckis' vision, supported by the strength of digitally enhanced live-action , was worth relinquishing the directorial reins.
Because of the expanded budget, Zemeckis told the screenwriters to rewrite their script, because "there is nothing that you could write that would cost me more than a million dollars per minute to film.
Sony Pictures Imageworks created the animation for the film with visual effects supervisor Jerome Chen overseeing creative and technical development for the project.
Animation supervisor Kenn MacDonald explained that Zemeckis used motion capture because "Even though it feels like live action, there were a lot of shots where Bob cut loose.
Impossible with live action actors. This method of filmmaking gives him freedom and complete control. He doesn't have to worry about lighting.
The actors don't have to hit marks. They don't have to know where the camera is. Actors on set wore seventy-eight body markers. The cameras recorded real time footage of the performances, shots which Zemeckis reviewed.
The director then used a virtual camera to choose camera angles from the footage which was edited together. Two teams of animators worked on the film, with one group working on replicating the facial performances, the other working on body movement.
The animators said they worked very closely on replicating the human characters, but the character of Grendel had to be almost reworked, because he is a monster, not human.
In designing the dragon, production designer Doug Chiang wanted to create something unique in film. The designers looked at bats and flying squirrels for inspiration, and also designed its tail to allow underwater propulsion.
As the beast is Beowulf's son with Grendel's mother, elements such as Winstone's eyes and cheekbone structure were incorporated into its look.
Grendel has patches of gold skin, but because of his torment, he has shed much of his scales and exposed his internal workings. He still had to resemble Crispin Glover though: Robert Zemeckis insisted that the character Beowulf resemble depictions of Jesus , believing that a correlation could be made between Christ's face and a universally accepted appeal.
Director Robert Zemeckis drew inspiration for the visual effects of Beowulf from experience with The Polar Express , which used motion capture technology to create three-dimensional images of characters.
Over graphic designers were chosen for the project, the largest team ever assembled for an Imageworks-produced movie as of In the cases that using cached data was not possible, the scenes were rendered using foreground occlusion, which involves the blurring of different overlays of a single scene in an attempt to generate a single scene film.
Other elements of the movie were borrowed from that of others created by Imageworks; Spider-Man 3 lent the lighting techniques it used and the fluid engine present in the Sandman , while the waves of the ocean and the cave of Grendel's mother were modeled after the wave fluid engine used in Surf's Up.
The film Ghost Rider lent Beowulf the fluid engine that was used to model the movements of protagonist Johnny Blaze. Jerome Chen worked to process large crowd scenes as early as possible, as additional time would be needed to process these scenes in particular.
So much data was produced in the course of the creation of the movie, the studio was forced to upgrade all of its processors to multicore versions, which run quicker and more efficiently.
The creation of additional rendering nodes throughout Culver City, California was necessitated by the movie's production. The music for Beowulf was composed and conducted by Alan Silvestri.
A soundtrack was released November 20, One objective of Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary was to offer their own interpretation for motivations behind Grendel's behavior and for what happened when Beowulf was in the cave of Grendel's mother.
They justified these choices by arguing that Beowulf acts as an unreliable narrator in the portion of the poem in which he describes his battle with Grendel's mother.
Scholars and authors have also commented on these changes. Southern Methodist University 's Director of Medieval Studies Bonnie Wheeler is "convinced that the new Robert Zemeckis movie treatment sacrifices the power of the original for a plot line that propels Beowulf into seduction by Angelina Jolie—the mother of the monster he has just slain.
What man doesn't get involved with Angelina Jolie? And the story of Beowulf is so much more powerful. This is not the first time that the theme of a relationship between Beowulf and Grendel's mother was explored.
In Gaiman's collection of short stories, Smoke and Mirrors , the poem Bay Wolf is a retelling of Beowulf in a modern-day setting.
In this story, Beowulf as the narrator is ambiguous about what happened between Grendel's mother and himself. In addition, philosophy professor Stephen T.
Asma argues that "Zemeckis's more tender-minded film version suggests that the people who cast out Grendel are the real monsters. The monster, according to this charity paradigm, is just misunderstood rather than evil similar to the version presented in John Gardner's novel Grendel.
The blame for Grendel's violence is shifted to the humans, who sinned against him earlier and brought the vengeance upon themselves. The only real monsters, in this tradition, are pride and prejudice.
In the film, Grendel is even visually altered after his injury to look like an innocent, albeit scaly, little child.
In the original Beowulf , the monsters are outcasts because they're bad just as Cain , their progenitor, was outcast because he killed his brother , but in the film Beowulf the monsters are bad because they're outcasts [ The studios planned to use 3-D projection technology that had been used by Monster House another film that Zemeckis was involved on, but credited as executive producer , Chicken Little , and 3-D re-release of The Nightmare Before Christmas , but on a larger scale than previous films.
Beowulf would additionally be released in 35mm alongside the 3-D projections. Originally, Columbia Pictures was set to distribute the film.
Critics and even some of the actors expressed shock at the British Board of Film Classification rating of the film — 12A — which allowed children under twelve in Britain to see the film if accompanied by their parents.
Angelina Jolie called it "remarkable it has the rating it has", and said she would not be taking her own children to see it.