14 June 2016

Camelot

Camelot 1967
Director: Joshua Logan
Based on lots of books
Cast: Vanessa Redgrave, Richard Harris, Franco Nero, David Hemmings, Lionel Jeffries, Laurence Naismith, Estelle Winwood
Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
  • Vanessa Redgrave – The Butler, Coriolanus, Atonement, The Pledge, Girl Interrupted, Cradle Will Rock, Lulu on the Bridge, Mrs Dalloway, Wilde, Smilla’s Sense of Snow, The House of the Spirits, Howards End, The Ballad of the Sad Café, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, Prick Up Your Ears, Playing for Time, Julia, Out of Season, The Devils, Oh What a Lovely War, Isadora, Blow-Up, A Man for All Seasons
  • Richard Harris – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Gladiator, Smilla’s Sense of Snow, The Guns of Navarone, The Wreck of the Mary Deare
  • Franco Nero – Die Hard 2, The Virgin and the Gypsy
  • David Hemmings – The Night We Called It a Day, Gangs of New York, Last Orders, Gladiator, Blow-Up
  • Lionel Jeffries – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  • Laurence Naismith – Bonanza, The Fugitive, Third Man on the Mountain
  • Estelle Winwood – The Misfits, TV series from the 60’s

Why? It’s Camelot
Seen:  four or five times before. Now: 12 June, 2016

On Friday of this week I will be giving a talk on ‘Merlin – the man, the myth, the magic’ at Fantastika, the sci-fi/fantasy congress here in Stockholm. Believe it or not, my addiction to Merlin – though it didn’t blossom until the BBC series with Colin Morgan – started back in the 60’s with this film. And Merlin is hardly in it, though Arthur talks to him a lot.

       I loved this movie back then. I still do. Never mind that it’s pretentious and hammy and sexist. The songs are still good, mostly. Vanessa Redgrave is good. I still sniffle at the end.
       I’m afraid, however, that it’s quite a bad film. The leading men are awful, it’s far too long and the dialog is often ludicrous. But I can’t just give it a low rating. It’s too significant for my personal history. And doesn’t one ignore the flaws of one’s loved one?

2 * of 5 because it’s not very good. 7* of 5 because it’s Camelot and it started me on my long and circuitous path to Merlin.

For those of you who are fascinated by the Merlin legend, these books are for you:

Protecting Cheesyfee – the Merlin Chronicles Volume 4
The Nature of Things – the story of Myddin Emrys – the Merlin Chronicles Volume 1

Available on Amazon

or in Sweden on Bokus.com

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