Excalibur. The best of the King Arthur films.
Excalibur is a truly atmospheric film. It has the ability to take you
back to the time it depicts, without using sentimentality or rose
tinted spectacles. Having seen the film numerous times, I still get
more out of it with every viewing. It certainly seemed to start many
careers on the right path and many of the actors are very well known
now. My only sadness is that Paul Geoffrey and Nigel Terry, two of the
main character actors, seem not to have become such household names.
They both stand out in the film and to my mind have made it what it is,
brilliant. Great direction, production, photography and music. King
Arthur himself would have been proud of it..
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excalibur to the rescue.
One of the closest stories I've seen about Arthur..
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Pretty cool movie, but unrealistic at times. Also has some very gory/gruesome parts. So beware. Some nudity as well..
Great air of mystery
Along with Ken Russell, John Boorman can be seen as a key figure in the
modern British cinema... His interest in myth, dream, landscape and
memory may be compared with that of Resnais, Leone, and Roeg...
Boorman's 'Excalibur' is characterized by his use of jealousy and
adultery, sex and sorcery... It is also characterized by fire and fog,
shadow and moonlight, creating an air of mystery that is essential
element in the Arthurian legend...
Boorman's 'Excalibur' is a mythical presentation leading the viewers to
travel with the flow of the legend... It is a magical story with
wonderful exotic sets, and interesting camera-work in the lush green
scenery of Ireland... (The Cinematography won an Academy Award
Boorman's "Excalibur" is both fantasy and philosophy... Love seems to
be a destructive force, lyrically beautiful and bravely realistic...
The film brings to life the fateful story of a solitary hero, his
ascension to the throne, the love triangle of Camelot, the quest for
the Holy Grail, the decline and eventual fall of Arthur and Camelot...
Along for the ride are his indispensable Knights of the Round Table,
particularly Sir Lancelot...
The characters in Boorman's "Excalibur" are extremely well developed...
Arthur is seen as a naive squire, who develops into an idealistic
king... Arthur tries to use Might for the establishment of Right, and
according to his own laws, he puts reason over love...
A prominent figure in the film is Merlin... He lives backwards, which
makes him "a dream to some, a nightmare to others." He defines the cave
of the dragon as a place where all things meet their opposite: "The
future and the past, desire and regret, knowledge and oblivion". But
when Morgana pronounces "love", one would expect Merlin to answer
"hate", but he just says: "O yes." Morgana knows that Uther and Merlin
are responsible for the death of her father... She dedicates her life
to revenge.. Her scenes with Merlin are full of fire and poison... When
she steals the "charm of making" from Merlin, Morgana gets stronger...
We feared her lines when she affirmed: "I can ease your loneliness."
Lancelot looks at himself as a sinful person who has betrayed a
friend... He stays lonely in the forest, haunted by sorrow and pain...
He dreams of a fight with himself... And when he wakes up naked, he
sees his own sword stuck in his side... The film endures and inspires
because it embodies mankind's deepest yearnings...
Among the many elements that make the movie work is the cast: Nigel
Terry, the rightful King who, accidentally, removes the sword of power
easily, not once, but twice; Helen Mirren, the enchantress Morgana,
Merlin's nemesis and Arthur's treacherous half-sister, who seduces
Merlin, and then encircles him in a stream of vengeance; Nicholas Clay,
persuasively ardent and athletic as the First Knight; Cherie Lunghi,
the damsel in distress who loves her husband with her mind and Lancelot
with her heart; Nicol Williamson, the wily Merlin who would see that
the young Arthur receive the necessary training and guidance to fulfill
his unlikely destiny; Gabriel Byrne, the hot-blooded Uther Pendragon,
who plunges 'Excalibur' deep into a stone rock in one last act of
defiance; Katrine Boorman, the woman taken as by a fully armored King;
Liam Neeson, the knight who dares to accuse the Queen; and Robert
Addie, the 'unholy child' who comes to Camelot to demand the throne of
One of the more fascinating aspects of the film (and there are many...)
are the differences between Uther and Arthur... King Uther is unable to
master his instincts... His world is confusion, disorder, and unlimited
passion... The characteristic developments of Arthur occur as he faces
the trials of his life... The knowledge of the affair yet his love for
his beautiful wife and best friend wage war inside of his mind... When
he sees Guinevere in the arms of Lancelot, he stuck 'Excalibur' between
them loosing his connection to the extraordinary powers of Merlin and
the Lady of the Lake...
John Boorman's films frequently concern contradictions and polarities,
tensions between nature and civilization, dream and reality... Equally,
his career as a whole swings violently between success and failure,
intelligent ambition and pretentiousness....