Reclaiming the Blade

Synopsis: The Medieval and Renaissance blade, a profound and beautiful object handcrafted by master artisans of old. An object of great complexity, yet one with a singular use in mind- it is designed to kill. The truth of the sword has been shrouded in antiquity, and the Renaissance martial arts that brought it to being are long forgotten. The ancient practitioners lent us all they knew through their manuscripts. As gunslingers of the Renaissance they were western heroes with swords, and they lived and died by them. Yet today their history remains cloaked under a shadow of legend.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Daniel McNicoll
Production: Galatia Films
90 min

Our technology has progressed

far beyond needing the sword

as an object of personal

defense, and while

it's still irrelevant, don't

you think it's interesting

the extent to which

we seem to still have

the image of the sword,

the concept of the sword,

the symbolic importance

of the sword.

I mean, it's hard to

turn on the television

or go to the cinema,

it seems,

without still being

surrounded by swords.

Our stories and movies contain

the kind of morality and justice

that we only wish we could

find in the real world.

I've had the honor really--

I have to say it like that--

of working with Bob Anderson

as my swordmaster.

In all of the fights that

I did on film as a coach,

and indeed as a modern fencer,

has undoubtedly been

my life, swordplay.

Others who have worked

with him feel like I do,

that you always want to give

100% to live up to

the choreography

that he comes up with.

Even his presence,

just him walking on the set,

suddenly you have to pick

up your game a bit, you know.

The first time I met

Bob Anderson was actually

on the set of

"Lord of the Rings."

He turns around and

introduces himself and says,

"Well, I'm going to show you

a few things that might

save your life today, mate."

And so he proceeded to show

me some basic blocking

and thrusting and

cutting moves with the sword.

And the guy who came after him

to show me some more says,

"Oh, do you realize

who that was?"

And I was like,

"No, I don't."

"Well, that's

Bob Anderson.

"He, you know, he used

to train Errol Flynn

and you know, has worked for

years in the industry."

And I said, "Oh really,

is that so?"

Why don't you give up?

You can see

I'm a better swordsman

Errol Flynn was a very

talented, athletic actor

who could do anything

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