Here’s the main title to another great film made in 1961, “The Guns of Navarone.”
A story about latter-day heroes. It has many of the same strengths as “El Cid”: wonderful cinematography, magnificent score, strong acting, classic pacing where everything is set up step-by-step to bring the moviegoer emotionally into the film experience. The structure is intentionally mythic—the Guns are like ancient monsters—to match the mythic setting. Seen on a giant screen, this is a tremendous experience.
We can only revive the culture if we’re able to recognize our cultural high points. Fifty years of cultural garbage have destroyed many values, but perhaps not all of them.
(Note: The narration by James Robertson Justice is missing from this video, unfortunately; a speech about "gods and demi-gods" which is important to setting the story and mood.)