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Excalibur 35mm film print at Anthology Film Archives movie at 8:45pm

John Boorman directed this gloriously savage interpretation of Arthurian legend loosely based on Thomas Malory's novel Le Morte d'Arthur. By turns gleaming and filthy, tender and bloody, the film is a visually stunning epic which is never less than compelling. Nigel Terry is perfectly cast as Arthur, whose unwavering trust and faith are shown to be both quietly heroic and achingly naïve. Interestingly, the quest for the Grail is the least effective part of the film, despite bold cinematography by Alex Thomson(who was nominated for an Oscar) and a fine performance by Paul Geoffrey as Perceval, whose greatest desire is attained in his dying sight. It is the scenes of Camelot in which Boorman is at his most effective, as Arthur is betrayed by the burning passions of Guenevere (Cherie Lunghi) and Lancelot (Nicholas Clay), whose boiling internal forces cannot be denied, whatever the cost. The wicked Mordred (Robert Addie) and Morgana (Helen Mirren) are commanding when onscreen, and Nicol Williamson's performance as the grandiosely self-sacrificing Merlin is outstanding. Liam Neeson,Gabriel Byrne and Patrick Stewart also appear in this dense, passionate, and stirring triumph featuring a marvelous Trevor Jones score. The gruesome effects by Peter Hutchinson and Alan Whibley, however, and sights such as a knight having sex in full body armor make this a fairy tale strictly for adults.

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  • Sheila C.

    I love this film. It needs to have its audio worked on to really make the music stand out more.

    September 27, 2013

  • steve

    If anyone needs to reach me, my # is[masked]

    September 24, 2013

    • Sheila C.

      Noted. I will be carrying my black Met Opera tote bag and wearing the Ring Cycle T-shirt.

      September 26, 2013

  • steve

    Sheila, I love Wagner, in fact John Williams owes his entire career to Wagner...but if you want to try to persuade me to listen to more Wagner....I say bring it on ;-)

    September 3, 2013

  • steve

    The score for Excalibur is beautiful....whenever I hear "O'Fortuna" all I think about is the scene with the knights riding through the lush forest.

    September 2, 2013

    • Sheila C.

      I hereby warn you that I am the organizer of The New York Opera Meetup and I will try to persuade you to start listening to Wagner!

      September 3, 2013

  • Sheila C.

    I haven't seen this on a big screen since 1981; this will be excellent. The music is also worth mentioning; Wagner would have completely approved.

    1 · September 2, 2013

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