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Lancelot of the Lake (1974)

Lancelot du Lac (original title)
King Arthur learns about his wife's, Queen Guinevere, affair with Lancelot, who at the same time remains loyal to the king, particularly after Arthur's traitorous nephew Mordred commits an attempt on his life.


Robert Bresson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Luc Simon Luc Simon ... Lancelot du Lac
Laura Duke Condominas Laura Duke Condominas ... La Reine (The Queen)
Humbert Balsan Humbert Balsan ... Gauvain
Vladimir Antolek-Oresek Vladimir Antolek-Oresek ... Le Roi (The King)
Patrick Bernhard Patrick Bernhard ... Mordred (as Patrick Bernard)
Arthur De Montalembert Arthur De Montalembert ... Lionel
Charles Balsan Charles Balsan
Christian Schlumberger Christian Schlumberger
Joseph-Patrick Le Quidre
Jean-Paul Leperlier Jean-Paul Leperlier
Marie-Louise Buffet Marie-Louise Buffet
Marie-Gabrielle Cartron Marie-Gabrielle Cartron
Antoine Rabaud Antoine Rabaud
Jean-Marie Becar Jean-Marie Becar
Guy de Bernis Guy de Bernis


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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Drama | Fantasy | Romance


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Did You Know?


Lee Daniel, Richard Linklater's director of photography, stated that this film's long tracking shots had a great influence on the long takes in Slacker (1990). See more »


When the knight is stabbed in the gut, the blood is visibly coming from the sword instead of the wound. See more »


La Reine (The Queen): Take this heart, take this soul. They belong to you.
Lancelot du Lac: It is your body I want.
La Reine (The Queen): Take this forbidden body. Take it, revive it.
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Referenced in Love on the Run (1979) See more »

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Camelot's demise, minimalist-style
21 February 2000 | by contronaturaSee all my reviews

Robert Bresson utilized a minimalist style in film, one that if anything brought more emphasis to the subtexts of his works. In this wonderful film, his focus is on the end of Camelot, and the death that accompanies it. The film itself it indescribable, relying almost completely on its style to convey its message. That said, I think it's a must see. Especially for fans of French cinema and the Arthurian legend.

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France | Italy



Release Date:

31 May 1974 (Italy) See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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