August 27, 2013 Subject:
It has a piece of history
I find I can associate this movie with some Old English character, or maybe I have read too much of Shakespeare. It is very interesting.
May 7, 2011 Subject:
Cherchez la femme
After sacrificing everything for her, Lancelot finds himself a jilted lover who cannot meet the new competition, and repulsed by Gwen's new habit. (Funny how that last gate looks like prison bars as it closes forever.) Thus does he reap the rewards of having allowed himself to be beguiled.
Not that Hollywood has ever been particularly faithful to the source materials from which they adapt their screenplays, but the uncertainty surrounding the Arthurian legends seems to have given them extra latitude to weave familiar characters into a story pretty much of their own making. Entertaining, if you like stories about how woman's egocentric, captious, and fickle nature brings ruin, destruction, and misery. Sing with me, now: "La donna è mobile. Qual piuma al vento..."
January 1, 2011 Subject:
Thank you for that information, Video-Cellar. Greatly appreciated!
January 1, 2011 Subject:
Film is in the US public domain
This film was produced in the UK and published in the UK and US concurrently. The UK release was 2 June 1963 and the film commenced its US general release three days later.
It was registered by Universal Pictures later in 1963 (LP35482) listing a date in notice of 1962. A renewal had to be lodged by the end of 1990, which did not occur. Consequently the film entered the public domain.
Under the GATT/URAA legislation a foreign film had to "qualify" for copyright restoration. It had to have:
-been under copyright in its source country
-lost its copyright in the US due to non-compliance with formailties
-an author who was a citizen of the source country
-not been first published in the US or published in the US within 30 days of its publication in the source country
(USC 17 104.A.6)
This was an American production made in the UK and published in the US less than 5 days after its publication in the UK. This film is inelegible for GATT restoration.
December 31, 2010 Subject:
This film is NOT public domain. Those who misrepresent the copyright laws in order to justify stealing, and those who don't know the law but rely on the falsification of the law, should inform themselves of the rights of OTHERS to not be stolen from.
Those laws are online at the Library of Congress (loc.gov). READ the definition of "fair use": it DOES NOT mean you can copy an entire work behind the excuse that it's out of print.
We KNOW that were YOUR copyrights violated, you'd scream like a stuck pig.
July 13, 2009 Subject:
sword of lancelot
terrific - jean wallace is magnificent
June 8, 2007 Subject:
I liked it when i was 10
Something about Cornel Wilde makes my skin crawl.
He co-produced, directed, and starred with his wife Jean Wallace in this.
Battles on horseback hold this movie together.
May 29, 2007 Subject:
A enjoyable, well-made telling of the Arthurian legend focusing on the tragic love between Lancelot and Guenevere. The movie starts with Arthur becoming king of England and ends with a spectacular battle in which Mordred is defeated. Quite lusty and gory, it's refreshingly mature for a movie about Arthur, although it conforms to a staid and stale Christian worldview. Well paced with good acting, it's definitely worth watching.
I downloaded the avi file. The video is fine. Some flutter distorts the audio starting in the marriage scene and ending during the battle with the Huns.
"Sword of Lancelot" is not quite a B-picture, like something that Roger Corman would make, nor is it really an A drama like Knights of the Round Table or Camelot. It is B+, produced by a small UK group called Emblem pictures and distributed in the US by Universal. The movie is pretty cheap in everything except the big battle sequences, where they seem to have spent most of their money.
Otherwise its a B quality picture, but an enjoyable one. The plot is straightfoward, and rather unoriginal as Arthurian movies go - love triangle bewteen Arthur, Lancelot, and Guinevere, Modred trying to take over the kingdom, etc. etc. The one thing that makes it stand out is the fact that it is the first (?) movie to explicitly say that Lancelot and Guinevre have a carnal relationship.
So if your a fan of the genre, sit back, relax, and watch the epic formula unfold, free and in full color!
(Oh, one otherthing, towards the middle, the audio is a bit warped)