Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
Alternate title: Lancelot And Guinevere
United Kingdom, 1963. Emblem Productions. Screenplay by Richard Schayer, Cornel Wilde. Cinematography by Harry Waxman. Produced by Bernard Luber, Cornel Wilde. Music by Ron Goodwin. Production Design by Maurice Carter. Costume Design by Terence Morgan. Film Editing by Frederick Wilson.
Well before the popularity of the musical Camelot hit the screens, Cornel Wilde directed himself and his wife Jean Wallace 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.