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Lancelot of the Lake (1974)

Lancelot du Lac (original title)
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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Robert Bresson

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

31 May 1974 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Lancelot of the Lake See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

VISA DE CONTRÔLE CINÉMATOGRAPHIQUE N° 41.407. See more »

Goofs

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

Connections

Referenced in The Duellists (1977) See more »

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Camelot as a nightmare
25 July 2005 | by droptonicsSee all my reviews

A lot of people are complaining about this film and for good reason. It's a difficult film but a worthwhile one at that. Bresson's Camelot is a horrible place to be. Arthur and his knights are unintentionally making everyone around them suffer by their visions of what the great society Camelot should be. The emotion is drained because they have killed for so long, compromising and losing sight of their initial quest. The movie is by far the most thematically challenging and different of the King Arthur operas, but it's definitely better than the recent film and on par with John Boorman's Sexcalibur. This film should be seen only by those with a true appreciation for art films and not those seeking to be entertained, they are two different mediums.


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