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Lancelot of the Lake (1974)
"Lancelot du Lac" (original title)

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A million miles away from 'Camelot' or 'Excalibur', this film ruthlessly strips the Arthurian legend down to its barest essentials. Arthur's knights, far from being heroic, are conniving ... See full summary »

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Luc Simon ...
Laura Duke Condominas ...
La Reine (The Queen)
Humbert Balsan ...
Vladimir Antolek-Oresek ...
Le Roi (The King)
Patrick Bernhard ...
Mordred (as Patrick Bernard)
Arthur De Montalembert ...
Lionel
Charles Balsan
Christian Schlumberger
Jean-Paul Leperlier
Marie-Louise Buffet
Marie-Gabrielle Cartron
Antoine Rabaud
Jean-Marie Becar
Guy de Bernis
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A million miles away from 'Camelot' or 'Excalibur', this film ruthlessly strips the Arthurian legend down to its barest essentials. Arthur's knights, far from being heroic, are conniving and greedy men who, just before the film starts, have failed miserably to find the Holy Grail. Aimlessly resentful at first, the developing relationship between Lancelot and Queen Guinevere focuses their rage, leading to inevitable tragedy... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Muddled and boring
22 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is an attempt to remove the romance from the Arthur legend. Even the titular love affair between Lancelot and Guenivere is portrayed with no show of emotion and no physicality, with the characters for the most part never even looking at each other, never smiling. Unfortunately, the director not removes romance, but also removes logic, plot, and motivation. The result is not merely unromantic, but muddy-- with no explanations, it is nearly impossible to figure out what is going on, or why the characters are doing what they are. The director sure was enthralled with the (not realistic) armor, though-- the characters wear it even indoors! And Camelot (never referred to by name( seems to consist of about an acre of land, containing little except about eight knights, a castle that is never seen from outside, a two-story hut, and a dozen tents. Except for the beginning scene, with knights killing each other with spectacular (and completely unrealistic) amounts of spraying blood, all of the fight scenes take place offstage. The joust scene, central to the movie, is filmed by showing Lancelot picking up his lance, the flag of the opponent being raised, and then the horse's legs are filmed as he actually tilts at the opponent. Even in the movie's climax, with archers in trees (who came out of nowhere-- no antecedent in the film for archers) firing at knights on horseback, the arrows are shown only as hitting trees-- apparently the archers are lousy shots. I'd rate this one as muddy and confused-- pass it up.


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