The Sword Of Lancelot (1963)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB

Alternate title:  Lancelot And Guinevere

United Kingdom1963.  Emblem Productions.  Screenplay by , Cornel Wilde.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Well before the popularity of the musical Camelot hit the screens, Cornel Wilde directed himself and his wife  in this enjoyable adaptation of the King Arthur myth. Elderly Arthur (Brian Aherne) wins the hand of lovely young Guenevere in a jousting match performed by proxy and marries her; Lancelot, however, is the one who captures her heart, and his indulging in his love for her becomes the beginning of the end for a once-glorious kingdom. It’s a bit creaky after all these years, and most prints have been left untouched and are poor in quality, but the costumes are lovely and it maintains a sense of storybook charm that is helped not in any small way by the chemistry between the real-life lovers.

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