PROPHECY is demonstrated when it comes true. I’ve not seen a more prophetic movie than “El Cid.” The opening scene of the fanatical speech given by Islamic fundamentalist Ben Yussef foretells the arrival of Bin Laden. More striking still, next we’re shown a burned down church, a scene of devastation which resembles the aftermath of the destruction of the World Trade Center. All that’s left of the church, amid the rubble, is a statue of Jesus on the cross—with arrows through it. A knight knocks off the arrows with his sword and puts the cross on the back of his horse.
I’m told that in the aftermath of 9-11-01, rescue workers found a cross, presumably from the Orthodox church destroyed in the disaster. (See link on the right side of this blog.) They rescued said cross in the same way Rodrigo rescues the cross in the 1961 film. Strong parallels!