Stars Luc Simon, Laura Duke-Condominas, Humbert Balsan,
Vladimir Antolek-Oresek, Patrick Bernhard, Arthur de Montalembert
Running time 95 mins
Made France 1974
BRESSON'S desire for naturalism falls down when it comes to the performance.
He prefers non-actors. The result, as demonstrated here, can be risible.
King Arthur's knights clink and clang their way through at hot summer's
filming in full armour, even indoors, and look, frankly, absurd. Lancelot
and Guinevere's passion comes across as cold water over grey slate.
The story is confused. The round tablers suspect that Lance-the-Lad
is having a bit on the side with Queeny and don't approve. They fancy
There is much clanking around the castle and galloping through woods
with helmets down. A jousting tournament takes place, at which a mysterious
knight-in-white (guess who?) knocks everyone flat before retiring
wounded into the forest.
Arthur makes no appearance. His boys have long unwashed hair in the
style of itinerant folk singers. Lance looks like a butcher who failed
the written exam. An old peasant woman tells him, "You are stupid
and will never understand anything." Wise words.