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John Boorman

Excalibur

John Boorman’s exhilarating adaptation of the Arthurian legends.

UK 1981
Directed by John Boorman
With Nigel Terry, Helen Mirren, Nicol Wiliamson
Running time 140 min
Digital
15

From a very early age, Boorman was influenced by the Grail mythology, which informed a number of his films. He finally decided to adapt the Arthurian legends and audaciously dealt with the complete cycle, focusing on the romantic triangle of Arthur, Guinevere and Lancelot along with Perceval’s search for the hidden chalice. The splendour of the visuals is never divorced from the energy of the narrative, and the mixture of the epic, the tragic, the elegiac and the comic proves exhilarating.


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