Lancelot of the Lake (Lancelot du Lac)
Lancelot of the Lake (Lancelot du Lac) (1974)

This haunting drama from the brilliant French director Robert Bresson presents a disturbing, de-romanticized vision of the illustrious Lancelot and the Knights of the Round Table. Instead of the selfless, ever-chivalrous mythic figures they… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1974
DVD Release Date: May 25, 2004
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Time Out

It's stunningly beautiful, mesmerising, exhausting, uplifting, amazing -- all the things you could possibly expect from a masterpiece.

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TV Guide

Bresson's stripped-to-the-bone adaptation eschews the traditionally heroic, spectacular, fabulous, and exaltedly romantic aspects of the legendary saga in order to lay bare the confusion and pain within the human soul.

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Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

Cuts to the heart of the Arthurian tragedy… strips away the early grandeur of Camelot, leaving only the demoralized foundering in the wake of the failed Grail quest.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The style is intact but the content is missing.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Richly symbolic drama, endlessly inventive.

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Phil Freeman
culturevulture.net

Bresson strips away frippery to such an extent that it should be a coma-inducing slog, but it's not.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

It belongs with Pickpocket and Au hasard Balthazar at the highest level of Bresson's achievement.

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Doug Cummings
Filmjourney

It's often characterized as a 'despairing' film in Bresson's late oeuvre, but in fact, it's an elegiac lamentation...beautifully rendered in loving, rhythmic care.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It has a magnificence that creeps out a little at a time, especially over repeated viewings.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
i love the tales of king arthur, from excalibur to monty python :P this is of course the most minimalist version possible. and it's bloody! those… More
Eric Broome
Robert Bresson's low-budget attempt to de-romanticize the King Arthur myth has no romance, no gallantry, no smiles, almost no score and just a smidge of… More
Walter M.
Returning empty handed in his two-year search for the Holy Grail after having made a wrong turn somewhere, Lancelot(Luc Simon) is given a warm welcome back from… More