Knights of the Round Table (22-Dec-1953)|
Director: Richard Thorpe
Writers: Talbot Jennings; Jan Lustig; Noel Langley
From novel: Le Morte d'Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory
Producer: Pandro S. Berman
||Knights of the Round Table
||War and Peace
||The Barefoot Contessa
|Robert Taylor|| ... Lancelot|
|Ava Gardner|| ... Guinevere|
|Mel Ferrer|| ... Arthur|
|Anne Crawford|| ... Morgan Le Fay|
|Stanley Baker|| ... Modred|
|Felix Aylmer|| ... Merlin|
|Maureen Swanson|| ... Elaine|
|Gabriel Woolf|| ... Percival|
|Anthony Forwood|| ... Gareth|
|Robert Urquhart|| ... Gawaine|
|Niall MacGinnis|| ... Green Knight|
|Ann Hanslip|| ... Nan|
|Jill Clifford|| ... Bronwyn|
|Stephen Vercoe|| ... Agravaine|
Review by Carlos A. Matas (posted on 8-Jul-2007)
Saw it as a boy when it came out. Now --well into maturity, to put it mildly--I have seen it again...a good, solid, American family film. Nothing exceptional, but, again, solidly structured, well acted by all, with beautiful photography and costumes and good epic music by --who else--
my favorite movie composer, Miklos Rozsa, who would actually outdo himself some years later. The message --typical of the 50's-- is of course valuable today: chivalry, loyalty, and struggle with the passions. The line's still valid: "...a man and a woman can love each other with no evil...so is the heart purified."
Only the innocent Percival can see the Holy Grail --Lancelot was noble and brave but not so innocent.
Ferrer thanks to his Irish mother could be a good King Arthur --can you imagine, Cuban father? He was no Ricky
Ricardo, thank the Lord.
So Taylor is strong and loyal, Baker is strong and disloyal
and Ava Gardner is beautiful and undecided...(at that time only anglos were beautiful, of course).
For a review, that's about it. Nothing memorable, but good stuff. (One last thing..would you believe my sister -who's not dumb you may be sure- thought it was the bad guys of Modred who threw the snake out in the final battle? No, my dear, the poor snake just came out for a little crawl, unsuspecting the consequences to the English nation and the noble King Arthur.)
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