Tristan and Isolt is a famous
medieval love-romance based on a Celtic legend. There are many
adaptations of this legend and some of them even draw connections
between the characters of Tristan and Isolt with the legends
of King Arthur and Sir Lancelot.
Nowadays the legend is known because of Richard Wagner's opera
Tristan und Isolde ( first performed 1865 ) which was
inspired by the german
poem of Gottfried von Strassburg.
And it's of course known because of this wonderful film! ;-)
Mark, King of Cornwall,
visits Ireland to talk with King Anguish of Ireland about a
compensation for what plunderers from Ireland have taken from
the people of Cornwall.
At his visit he also meets Isolt, the daughter of King Anguish,
and falls in love with the beautiful, blithely and much younger
Back in Cornwall,
Mark decides to send Tristan, his nephew, to ask for the hand
of the princess Isolt and to heal Tristans wound, because Isolt
is a skilled healer. Isolt heals his wound and they both fall
Tristan takes Isolt
home to Cornwall where she marries King Mark. But Tristan and
Isolt continue to meet in secret and Isolt drinks a love-potion,
that was intended for her and Mark, with Tristan. This Lovespell
was made to bound lovers together through live past death.
Of course King Mark
will soon discover the love between Tristan and Isolt.....
Kate Mulgrew was only 24 years old when she played the character
of Isolt and she did a great job! It's wonderful to see what
a great actress she is, even at this young age.
Richard Burton - King Mark
Nicholas Clay - Tristan
Kate Mulgrew - Isolt
THANK YOU to J9 for letting me use some of her wonderful screencaps!
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