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853 Ratings

Lancelot du Lac

Directed by Robert Bresson
France, Italy, 1974
Drama, Romance


A million miles away from Camelot or Excalibur, this film ruthlessly strips the Arthurian legend down to its barest essentials.

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Lancelot du Lac Directed by Robert Bresson

Critics reviews

The plot is not exactly well-telegraphed: Bresson is even more concerned than usual with a relentless experimentation in framing and editing which prefers movement, sound, and details of objects to any particularly coherent narrative exposition… It is ultimately a film suffused in temporal paradox: while Bresson’s typically catatonic dialogue and repetitious cadences might seem a postmodern invention, in LANCELOT they tend to sound closer to the original medieval rhetoric than anything else.
February 24, 2012
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LANCELOT DU LAC embodies the perfection of a language that has been in the process of development and refinement for over thirty years. If it stuns and overwhelms one’s sense of the possibilities of that language… this is not because it represents a significant departure or deviation from the path Robert Bresson has consistently followed. The source of amazement lies in the film’s clarity and simplicity…
June 01, 1974
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