Controversial Film Portrays Knights Templars as Villains

News Telegraph: A controversial new film by director Ridley Scott is being criticized for portraying Arabs in a favorable light while Knights Templars are cast as the villains. British scholars are all aflutter about Sir Ridley Scott's new film about the Crusades starring Orlando Bloom, Jeremy Irons, and Liam Neeson. The filmmaker has described the movie as "historically accurate" and designed to be "a fascinating history lesson," but historians disagree. Professor Jonathan Riley-Smith, Britain's leading authority on the Crusades, called the film "rubbish", "ridiculous", "complete fiction" and "dangerous to Arab relations."

The film began shooting in Spain and will cover the Battle of Hattin in 1187 when Saladin conquered Jerusalem for the Muslims.

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