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This is my personal favorite incarnation of the story of King Arthur and his round table. Vanessa Redgrave is enchanting as Guenevere, a role that is usually played rather waifishly, and it's wonderful to see Guenevere as such a strong woman. Richard Harris gives a performance of a lifetime! The pure pain in his eyes during his famous monologue at the end of the first half is enthralling. No man will ever give such a real performance as Arthur in my eyes. Harris portrays Arthur as a man who, though quite mature and kind and clever, he seems to have never grown up. During the first half he's a man on top of the world with nothing but love in his eyes, but in the second act you see a man at his rope's end, and who's heart is hardened by the acts of the two people he loves most. Harris makes Arthur so incredibly real. David Hemmings plays the perfect Mordred. He plays the most evil character in the film, yet he's incredibly likable. Even without Mordred's song ("The Seven Deadly Virtues," one of the songs not included in the film), you can see the whole of Mordred's character. And Lionel Jeffries as Pellinore is heartwarming and funny.
My only complaint for the film is Franco Nero's dubbing. His acting is quite good, he's not my favorite Lancelot, but I like him very much. But in my opinion, the man who sings for Franco (who's name I can't remember) just doesn't have a voice for Lancelot I like, it isn't as solid as Robert Goulet's (original Lancelot), but that's a matter of opinion, and the dubbing is pretty bad. Often, Franco's lips aren't quite caught up with the voice.
So honestly, the only thing I don't like about this movie is purely up to opinion. Though I think it's brilliantly done, a treat for the eyes and ears. It's a classic, and in my opinion, one of the best musical films that has eve3r been produced.