The story of the marriage of England's King Arthur to Guinevere. The plot of illegitimate Modred to gain the throne and Guinevere's growing attachment to Sir Lancelot, threaten to topple Arthur and destroy his "round table" of knights.
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The story of the marriage of England's King Arthur to Guinevere is played out amid the pagentry of Camelot. The plot of illegitimate Modred to gain the throne and Guinevere's growing attachment to Sir Lancelot, whom she at first abhors, threaten to topple Arthur and destroy his "round table" of knights who would use their might for right. Written by
Ron Kerrigan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
In addition to actual Medieval castles in Spain used in this film, a castle was built on the back lot of Warner Brothers Studios for closer shots and direct storyline action. Long known at the studio as the "Camelot Castle" after filming ended, it was used in other films. In 1972, the Camelot Castle was renovated into a Tibetan Lamasery for the musical remake of Lost Horizon (1973), and it was used extensively in the TV series Kung Fu (1972). In the 1980's, the back lot castle was torn down to make room for an office building. Fortunately, the Alcazar de Segovia and the Coca Castle remain in Spain where they are both popular tourist attractions. See more »
About a half-hour in, a close-up of Guenevere shows her lying on a couch on her stomach, while Arthur is talking. Cut to a long shot of Arthur, still talking, while Guenevere, in the background, is suddenly sitting up, discreetly holding a blanket over her torso. See more »
The rules of battle are not for Lancelot Du Lac, Your Majesty! Let us attack now while they sleep!
We will attack when I give the command - at dawn.
[the knight leaves, and Arthur begins to talk to himself]
Oh, Merlyn, Merlyn, why is Ginny in that castle, behind walls I cannot enter? How did I blunder into this agonizing absurdity? Where did I stumble? How did I go wrong? Should I not have loved her?
Then I should not have been born! Oh, Merlyn, I haven't got much ...
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One of the reviews I once read of this marvellous film dismissed it as 'kohl and overacting'. No way. It has so many scenes that live in the memory as I write, not having revisited the movie for quite some time. The wedding sequence with all its lights; Guinevere, beautiful in her wonder of the magical land where leaves 'blow away altogether, at night, of course'; If Ever I Should Leave You (not sung by Franco Nero, as I understand, really, but you'd never guess); How To Handle A Woman ('what's wrong, Jenny? where are you these days? I don't understand you ...'); creepy Mordred; and the ending (run, boy, run) which is terrific. I have heard Burton as Arthur and have to say I was disappointed. They made the right casting choice for the movie. A pity some of the songs got cut (except it would have been even longer then, good for us who like it, intolerable for those who don't). Also interesting to compare with other Lerner/Loewe movies with their themes of magic, understanding, and change (My Fair Lady, Brigadoon, Gigi and Paint Your Wagon). As they sit together as a body, Camelot is one of the best.
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