The Duellists, Ridley Scott's first film. Extraordinary film about two men who engage in a series of duels of the years. It is painterly and beautifully acted, with explosive bursts of authentic, bloody swordplay.
THE DUELLISTS (1977) Directed by Ridley Scott. With Keith Carradine, Harvey Keitel, Albert Finney, Edward Fox. Set during the grand, sweeping Napoleonic age, an officer in the French army insults another officer and sets off a life-long enmity. The two officers, D'Hubert and Feraud, cross swords time and time again in an attempt to achieve justice and preserve their honor.
T2: The Duellists - 1977. If you want to see textbook examples of all of the different 'fashionable' styles of dueling during the Napoleonic era, this is your film. It's also the only movie I've watched that seems to recreate authentic combat - a cavalry sabre is a heavy thing and it really takes a physical toll after just a few minutes of adrenaline fueled activity - and there isn't any of the ridiculous swashbuckling flourish you usually see in the movies.
Directed by Ridley Scott. With Keith Carradine, Harvey Keitel, Albert Finney, Edward Fox. A duel between two feuding Napoleonic officers eventually evolves into a decades-long series of duels, after each bout - for various reasons - ends unresolved.