Lancelot Of The Lake


Reviewed by: Angus Wolfe Murray

Lancelot Of The Lake
"Lancelot and Guinevere's passion comes across as cold water over grey slate."

Bresson's desire for naturalism falls down when it comes to the performance. He prefers non-actors. The result, as demonstrated here, can be risible.

King Arthur's knights clink and clang their way through at hot summer's filming in full armour, even indoors, and look, frankly, absurd. Lancelot and Guinevere's passion comes across as cold water over grey slate. The story is confused. The round tablers suspect that Lance-the-Lad is having a bit on the side with Queeny and don't approve. They fancy her themselves.

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There is much clanking around the castle and galloping through woods with helmets down. A jousting tournament takes place, at which a mysterious knight-in-white (guess who?) knocks everyone flat before retiring wounded into the forest.

Arthur makes no appearance. His boys have long unwashed hair in the style of itinerant folk singers. Lance looks like a butcher who failed the written exam. An old peasant woman tells him: "You are stupid and will never understand anything." Wise words.

Reviewed on: 19 Jan 2001
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Stripped down version of the Arthurian legend.
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Director: Robert Bresson

Writer: Robert Bresson, based on the story by Chr├ętien de Troyes

Starring: Luc Simon, Laura Duke Condominas, Humbert Balsan, Vladimir Antolek-Oresek, Patrick Bernhard, Arthur de Montalembert

Year: 1974

Runtime: 85 minutes

BBFC: PG - Parental Guidance

Country: France


EIFF 1999

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