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With: Luc Simon, Laura Duke Condominas, Humbert Balsan, Vladimir Antolek-Oresek
Written by: Robert Bresson
Directed by: Robert Bresson
MPAA Rating: NR
Running Time: 80
Date: 09/26/1974

Lancelot of the Lake (1974)

4 Stars (out of 4)

Grail Men

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Released about the same time as Monty Python and the Holy Grail,Lancelot du Lac (1974) is its diametricopposite. It's an extremely difficult, deliberately unheroic film,taking place after the glory of King Arthur and the Knights of the RoundTable has faded (they have failed to find the Holy Grail). Lancelot hasa fling with Guinevere, raising the ire of the rest of the knights.Bresson preoccupies himself with watching the movement of the men withinthe heavy, clunky armor; none of his films spend as much time onwalking. Even a jousting scene forgoes rudimentary suspense in favor ofsmall details. Still, it has a magnificence that creeps out a little at a time, especially over repeated viewings.

DVD Details: New Yorker's new DVD is must-have DVD under any circumstances. It comes with the theatrical trailer.

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