June 5, 2010

QUOTE OF THE DAY: NO ONE HAS CLAIM!


BALIAN OF IBELIN
It has fallen to us to defend Jerusalem, and we have made our preparations as well as they can be made. None of us took this city from Muslims. No Muslim of the great army now coming against us was born when this city was lost. We fight over an offence we did not give, against those who were not alive to be offended. What is Jerusalem? Your holy palaces lie over the Jewish temple that the Romans pulled down. The Muslim places of worship lie over yours. Which is more holy? The wall? The Mosque? The Sepulchre? Who has claim? No one has claim. All  have claim!

BISHOP OF JERUSALEM
Blasphemy!

BALIAN OF IBELIN
Be quiet.

  
SALADIN
Will you yield the city?

BALIAN OF IBELIN
Before I lose it, I will burn it to the ground. Your holy places - ours. Every last thing in Jerusalem that drives men mad.

SALADIN
I wonder if it would not be better if you did.

Much maligned at the time of its release, Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven – in its director's cut, not the truncated and structurally raped theatrical release – is probably one of the few masterpieces that have been made in the past few years. Not only did it show that Orlando Bloom – given half the chance  – could act, but also because Scott and his screenwriter William Monahan (Academy Award winner for the so much lesser The Departed) put their focus on everything that has ever and always been wrong about Jerusalem, the Holy Land and the idiots who claim that God has sent them to kill and maiM in his name.

There are many quotes in this movie that are true and that you will never hear from any politician, any priest or Iman or Rabbi, because they're too cowardly to speak the truth to power. And so it once again falls to the artist, to the actor to say things that shouldn't be needed to be said out loud, that should be in all of our hearts, for they are what make us human. And so I leave you with two more quotes...

BALIAN OF IBELIN
For what man is a man who does not make the world better?

And something that everybody screaming for the rapture, for the defense of some rock and some stone, who put the lives and loves of those who live there below some kind of bullshit beliefs of one god with three faces, Yahwe, God, Allah, who the hell gives a fuck?

BALIAN OF IBELIN
If this is the Kingdom of Heaven, let God do with it what he will.