Amadis of Gaul
Amadis of Gaul
Amadis of Gaul (ăm´ədĬs), Fr. Amadis de Gaule (ämädēs´ də gōl), famous prose romance of chivalry, first composed in Spain or Portugal and probably based on French sources. Entirely fictional, it dates from the 13th or 14th cent., but the first extant version in Spanish, a revision by García de Rodríguez de Montalvo, was published in 1508. The original inspired innumerable variations and continuations, as well as several translations. It was immensely popular in France and Spain until superseded by Don Quixote, and it was, indeed, a sign of inelegance not to be acquainted with its code of honor and knightly perfection. Its influence is apparent in Sir Philip Sidney's Arcadia. The story became the subject of a lyric tragedy by Philippe Quinault (1684), with music by Lully, and it inspired the opera Amadigi (1715) by Handel.
Oriana ★★ 1985
Marie (Silverio) learns that her Aunt Oriana (Wells) has willed her the family estate, a remote Venezuelan hacienda she visited as a girl. While preparing the house for sale and going through her aunt's things, Marie remembers her long-ago stay and tries to discover why Oriana never left the property, what happened to her first love, and what other secrets she kept. Spanish and French with subtitles. 88m/C DVD . FR VZ Daniela Silverio, Doris Wells, Rafael Briceno, Luis Armando Castillo, Maya Oloe, Mirtha Borges; D: Fina Torres; W: Fina Torres, Antoine Lacomblez; C: Jean-Claude Larrieu; M: Eduardo Marturet.