Reclaiming the Blade

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Released 2008

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Reclaiming the Blade is the 2008 documentary that tells the story of the rise and fall of one of history's most sleek and deadly weapons, the sword. With narration and commentary from Lord of the Rings celebrities such as Viggo Mortensen, John Rhys-Davies, and Karl Urban, the film explores the manufacture and use of swords. Bob Anderson, who wore the Darth Vader costume in the original movies, reviews his knowledge of swordplay. Actual craftsman show what goes into the folding and hammering of the iron. To make a sword, literally hundreds of blows of the hammer have to be correct. The result is a weapon that has been held up as a symbol of romance, dignity, and warfare for centuries. Gunfire brought an end to the sword as the weapon of choice, and the intrigue of swordplay has faded. This film recalls the battles of the past as it seeks to reclaim the blade.

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