Capital Celluloid 2022 — Day 165: Thu Jun 16

Lancelot du Lac (Bresson, 1974): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 6.30pm

This great film, which also screens on June 20th, is part of the Robert Bresson season. Full details of all the films included in the retrospective are here.

Chicago Reader review:
Robert Bresson’s telling of the King Arthur legend begins where most versions end, describing a Camelot of fading glory, where the ideals of chivalry and spiritual purity are threatened by a modern, pragmatic mentality. The rhythms of this grave, spare film are slow and irresistible, the images closely cropped and full of inexpressible portent. Released in 1974, it belongs with Pickpocket and Au hasard Balthazar at the highest level of Bresson’s achievement.
Dave Kehr

Here (and above) is the opening.

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