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Ladyhawke (movie)

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Introduction

The movie Ladyhawke, directed by Richard Donner, with Rutger Hauer and Michelle Pfeiffer, tells the story of a French couple in love, Captain Etienne Navarre and Isabeau Dante, subject to a terrible curse set upon them by the jealous Bishop, also in love with Isabeau: they only live in human form for half the day, he during the day, and she during the night. The rest of the time, he is a wolf, she is a hawk, and they only meet for brief instants during the metamorphosis, at dawn and in the sunset.
Jorge Candeias, 12 March 2002


Bishopric of Aquila

The colours black and white are worn by the guards, so these should probably be considered the colours of Aquila, These would seem to all be flags of the Bishopric of Aquila then.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 4 January 2008, and Eugene Ipavec, 9 May 2009

Flag

[Aquila flag (approximation)]
image by Jorge Candeias, 12 February 2007

In the movie, there's a long battle sequence, in the end, that takes place inside an abbey or a church. There's a rather big atrium separated by two rows of columns from lateral cloisters, each row containing maybe more than 10 columns. Identical flags are hanging from poles mounted on each column, with an inclination of some 30° or so. The flags are black and white, horizontally divided. Unfortunately, since the display is interior, all the flags are folded in a similar fashion and never unfold. Most flags look wavy because they are folded, but one or two of them are seen with enough detail to see what looks like a simple black and white zigzag. The flags are never seen clearly enough to count the number of "zigs", so I used four, which is the number that seems more likely considering the aspect of the flags. The movie is a nice love story, and this flag is very adequate to represent the whole of it, even if it only appears in one sequence.
Jorge Candeias, 12 March 2002 & 12 February 2007

I have the impression the points are narrower, and I would have guessed five black points. Well, that would go together, I guess. I'm also not sure the points all reach equally far, or whether the top points are further towards the fly than the bottom ones. That might be the angle of the flags, though.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 5 January 2008

There's some red at top hoist, but the flags move to fast past the camera (relatively) to be sure whether it's on the flag or has something to do with the staffs. These may be streamers or cravattes.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 4 January 2008, and Eugene Ipavec, 9 May 2009


Banners

[Aquila banner (approximation)]
image by Jorge Candeias,
12 February 2007

In addition to the other flags, I noticed a triangular vertical flag being held by an acolyte of the evil bishop close to the throne, hanging from a crossbar. Also black and white, the black occupies the left part and the white the right one, and the overall proportion seems to be something like 2:1. [An approximation on the left.]
Jorge Candeias, 12 February 2007

I actually thought it was white dexter. I wonder whether there were matching banners on both sides, or whether it just went by to fast.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 4 January 2008

[Aquila gatehouse banner (approximation)]
image by Eugene Ipavec,
9 May 2009

Early in the film, as the Captain of the Guards rides into the fortress of Aquila to deliver an urgent message to the evil Bishop, a series of tracking shots follow him through the defenses; at the third gatehouse, there are several banners over the portcullis, vertically divided B/W with a crenelated(?) bottom. [An approximation on the right.]
Eugene Ipavec, 9 May 2009

[Aquila passsageway banner (approximation)]
image by Eugene Ipavec,
9 May 2009

A few seconds later, an inner passageway in the fortress is seen to be decorated on both sides with ~3:4 flags on horizontal poles, vertically divided and mirrored on either side, with white at the wall sides.
Eugene Ipavec, 9 May 2009

[Aquila passsageway banner (reversed)]
image by Eugene Ipavec,
9 May 2009