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Lancelot of the Lake(Lancelot du Lac)

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France, Italy · 1974
1h 25m
Director Robert Bresson
Starring Luc Simon, Laura Duke Condominas, Humbert Balsan, Vladimir Antolek-Oresek
Genre Drama, Romance, War

Having failed in their quest for the Holy Grail, the knights of the Round Table return to Camelot, their number reduced to a mere handful. Seeing a rift developing between Lancelot and Mordred, Arthur urges his knights to bury their differences and become friends. However, the king is unaware that Lancelot is having an affair with his queen, Guinevere. Lancelot is torn between his duty to his king and his love for the queen, whilst Mordred is determined to use his infidelity to destroy him.

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Kenny Nixon Profile picture for Kenny Nixon

Sadly not one of his better known films, but easily his most exciting in my opinion, no heroism just raging conflict

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TV Guide Magazine by

Not surprisingly, Bresson's stripped-to-the-bone adaptation eschews the traditionally heroic, spectacular, fabulous, and exaltedly romantic aspects of the legendary saga in order to lay bare the confusion and pain within the human soul.


Empire by Kim Newman

Paying attention to religious impulses which are all but incomprehensible in the 20th Century, Bresson conjures up a God-bothered middle ages that is harrowing but not, it must be said, terribly exciting.


The New York Times by Vincent Canby

What's missing from the film is any urgent interior meaning, and this it may be because of the distractions of the exterior details. It may also be because the conflicts that rage within Lancelot — between duty and desire, courtly love and physical love — simply aren't complex enough to bring out the best in Mr. Bresson.


Slant Magazine by Zach Campbell

Because Bresson’s cinematic personality is as deliberate and clean as it is, the viewer is tempted to chalk up the bizarre and moving experience of watching Lancelot du Lac to some latent spirituality or grace.

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