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No Camelot, but much to Likealot,
This review is from: Lancelot du Lac [DVD] (DVD)
Bresson and Knights of the Round Table? Wait a minute, am I imaging things? As improbable as it seems for this director to take on such a subject, what he does with it is no departure at all from the style and tastes we have come to expect from his other films. This is no Camelot. The opening sequence clears up any doubts the viewer might have about that. In a sparse and mannered treatment of the familiar story, Bresson obtains some wonderful performances and - most especially - conjures a world of values, attitudes and temperaments completely pre-modern; a world we enter and leave with him but could never mistake for our own. Anachronisms abound in most tellings of the Arthurian legends - even Malory's - and yet Bresson seems capable of transcending the challenge with none of the overwrought spectacle and emphasis on period details that films usually employ to coax submission from the audience to their "idea" of verisimilitude.
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Initial post: 10 Apr 2012, 17:29:51 BST
Brian V. Burford says:
No Camelot you say? Thank the Lord for that!
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