MADRID, 25 Apr. (CultureLeisure) –
It’s already in theaters ‘The Northman (The Northman)’, the ambitious and very personal proposal from the American director Robert Eggers. Exalted by critics, who already see it as one of the candidates to be on the lists of the best films of the year, this epic and brutal feat reminiscent of shakespearean Now he has the challenge of conquering the public. A film that reminds us that the stories of the Vikings have been a good source of inspiration for both the big screen and the small one.
Like the productions set in the Roman Empire, Ancient Egypt or ancient China; stories about the Vikings have captivated and fascinated different generations. The most obvious example is the God of Thunder, Thor, which is part of the Marvel superhero saga. But now it’s time to highlight productions that have focused on the Vikings as a peoplewho have sought to delve into their uses and customs.
Here are five films and two series for all those who want to enjoy stories about vikings before or after having been able to see ‘The man from the north’.
THE VIKINGS (1958)
Available in Filmin.
Directed by Richard Fleischer, Kirk Douglas won the Silver Shell for best actor at the San Sebastian Festival in 1958. The story of two brothers faced by destiny, Einar (Douglas) and Eric (Tony Curtis) who will join forces to rescue Welsh Princess Morgana (Janet Leight) from the clutches of the King of England (James Donald).
ALPHRED THE GREAT (1969)
Available on Apple TV+ (rent and purchase).
Directed by Clive Donner in 1959, it tells the story of Alfred the Great, King of Wessex, who became famous for defending his domains from the Vikings. Starring David Hemming as the renowned monarch and Michael York as King Guthrum I of Estanglia, leader of the Vikings.
Available on Google Play, Apple TV+, Rakuten TV, Microfost Store and Amazon Video (rent and purchase).
Robert Zemeckis pushed 3D animation to the limits with his adaptation of the epic poem about Beowulf (Ray Winstone), the powerful warrior who, after killing the demon Grendel (Crispin Glover), must confront his powerful mother (Angelina Jolie).
VALHALLA RISING (2009)
Available in Filmin.
The always controversial Nicolas Winding Refn entered the world of the Vikings with a feature film in which Mads Mikkelsen becomes a silent warrior who begins a violent journey that leads to a sinuous and mystical journey towards an existentialist reflection.
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON (2010)
Available on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max and Movistar+
Nominated for an Oscar for best animated film and best soundtrack, ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ kicked off one of DreamWorks’ most acclaimed sagas. A journey into Viking culture through fantasy and friendship.
VIKINGS (2013 – 2020)
Available on Netflix and HBO Max.
Throughout six seasons, Michael Hirst narrated, first, the story of the legendary Viking Ragnar Lodbrok (Travis Fimmel) and then that of his son Björn (Alexander Ludwig). A fiction that once again popularized the stories of the ancient Nordic heroes.
NORSEMAN (2016 – 2020)
Available on Netflix
Norwegian series created by Jon Iver Helgaker and Jonas Torgersen that is committed to narrating the history of the Vikings from a new perspective: comedy. The fiction worked, as it had a total of three seasons between 2016 and 2020.