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Robert Bresson (written by)
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Release Date:
26 September 1974 (France) See more »
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Plot:
A million miles away from 'Camelot' or 'Excalibur', this film ruthlessly strips the Arthurian legend down to its barest essentials... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Robert Bresson 
 
Writing credits
Robert Bresson (written by)

Produced by
Jean-Pierre Rassam .... producer
François Rochas .... producer
Jean Yanne .... producer
Alfredo Bini .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Philippe Sarde 
 
Cinematography by
Pasqualino De Santis (director of photography) (as Pasqualino de Santis)
 
Film Editing by
Germaine Artus  (as Germaine Lamy)
 
Production Design by
Pierre Charbonnier 
 
Set Decoration by
Jean Boulet 
 
Makeup Department
Éliane Marcus .... key makeup artist (as Eliane Marcus)
 
Production Management
Michel Choquet .... production manager
Philippe Lièvre .... unit manager (as Philippe Lievre)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Baroody .... second assistant director
Gilles Berault .... second assistant director
Bernard Cohn .... second assistant director
Mylène Van der Mersch .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Pierre Cadiou .... assistant production designer
Michel Suné .... property master (as Michel Sune)
 
Sound Department
Bernard Bats .... sound engineer
Jacques Carrère .... sound mixer (as Jacques Carrere)
Daniel Couteau .... foley recordist
Bernard Rochut .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Alain Bryce .... special effects
Leslie Gilles .... special effects assistant
 
Stunts
Yvan Chiffre .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean Chiabaut .... camera operator
Mario Cimini .... camera operator
Jacques Dorot .... assistant camera
Dominique Le Rigoleur .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Raymonde Ventura .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Arlette Lalande .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
William Flageollet .... music engineer
 
Other crew
Claude Bertonazzi .... administrator
Robert Chevereau .... administrator
Blanche Cochet .... production secretary
Geneviève Cortier .... script girl
Jean Pieuchot .... general manager
 

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Also Known As:
"Lancelot du Lac" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
Hong Kong:85 min | Argentina:88 min | USA:85 min | France:85 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Featured in The Road to Bresson (1984)See more »

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37 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Subversion of an old tale, 1 November 2005
Author: flasuss from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

You know that everything is possible and cinema has no limits when the most austere, minimalist and anti-conventional director of all-time shoots his version of the story of Camelot... and makes a masterpiece. In the first shot we see two unknown knights having a typical medieval fight; one of them eventually is hit and fall dead, and some blood runs through the ground. The winner goes away. But the difference is that it is shown in the most raw way possible, without any kind of beauty or visual show to please the audience. That's the essence of Bresson's cinema: "only the necessary", said the master. Then, after the credits, we see that is not the Holy Grail story, the traditional story, but what happens next, it begins were the legend ends. The knights return demoralized to the kingdom. Their leader, Percival, is lost, and Lancelot blames himself and his adultery with Guinevere as the reason that the Grail was not found- the search for it was, for him, also the search for God. The Queen is not convinced, and ask his love with words which have nothing extraordinary alone; however, the emotionless way she asks makes it unusual, and somewhat disturbing. The knights are completely demystified and shown not as legend, but men, and men which lack something: is it love, God, a reason to live now that their search is over (and was unsuccessful)? Maybe all that, maybe more, but the fact is that eventually it will explode, and Camelot's decadence will be inevitable. Bresson's ultra-naturalistic and anti-conventional style makes it's images very powerful. The best are a tournament when he applies one of his principles "to give something for the ears and then for the eyes, never both", increasing the effect of the combats, which would have seem even foolish otherwise, and the ending, which is a very shocking one. Because of all that, Lancelot of the Lake is one of the finest films of one of cinema's greatest masters. Mainstream audiences will probably hate it, but one who's eager to see another side of a very known story should see it.

PS: I'm quoting out of memory, so it maybe not be the exacts Bresson's words

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