Re: RDM to Make "A Knight''s Tale" into a television show!!
I never got the feeling that the writers & filmmakers had any intention of telling a historically faithful knight's story. It's more like they're telling a typical "man raises himself above his circumstances / underdog wins / good guy beats bad guy" tale, and merely using medieval trappings to flavor it. If you listen to the DVD commentary, they talk about why they used all the anachronisms and that it was very purposeful.
Most of the time I hate intentional anachronisms. For some reason, in this movie, they work. Again, I think this is largely a result of the actors imbuing the material with verity and heart.
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