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Nominated for five Academy Awards and winner of three, including best score, this adaptation of the Lerner-Lowe musical is a majestic romance set in the days of yore. Academy Award-nominee Richard Harris ("Unforgiven") stars as King Arthur with Academy Award-winner Vanessa Redgrave ("Mission: Impossible," "Julia") as the beautiful Queen. Franco Nero co-stars as Lancelot, the classic knight in shining armor.]]>
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In 1964, Jack Warner produced "My Fair Lady" at Warner Brothers. It was an excellent film, if a bit too cautious. The play was a phenomenon and Jack didn't want anyone mucking about with it. Going to see it was almost as exciting as going to church, even though the film itself was entertaining and beautiful to look at.
Four years later, Warner attempted to do the same thing with "Camelot." In many ways he failed, but in a couple of others he outshone "My Fair Lady" and many other fine movie musicals. First, but not foremost, he enlisted the talents of John Truscott to design the film. No medieval tale has ever benefitted from so fine a vision. His sets and costumes are among the finest ever created. Second, and this is the best part (for me) -- he acquired the services of the finest composer/conductor Hollywood has ever produced. Alfred Newman had already won 8 Academy Awards prior to scoring "Camelot." Newman was one of a handful of composers who invented film scoring in the 1930s and 1940s. As head of the Fox music department from 1940-1959, Newman had the best orchestrators, best musicians and best composers working for him at Fox than could be found anywhere else.
For "Camelot," Newman had a free hand, along with his associate Ken Darby who had worked with Newman for nearly 20 years, collaborating on such film musicals as "Carousel," "The King and I" and "South Pacific.Read more ›
Camelot is a timeless romantic drama that takes us to a medieval world that could only be imagined in your most romantic fantasy. The humor is witty, the music is unforgettable and the world of Camelot has castle scenes that are beyond compare. In fact, if you love castles, you will see scenes from dreamy castles in Spain. The Castle of Camelot is modeled after the Castle of Coca. The architectural details in the design are partly Romanesque, Norman, Viking and Gothic. The decorations have a "fantasy" medieval flavor.
The movie is at first shrouded in mystery as Arthur sits in a dark misty forest. Arthur is about to go into battle and doesn't want to die in a state of confusion. Merlin advises Arthur to think back to the time when he met Guenevere.
We are transported into King Arthur's memory, where the entire story takes place in vivid detail. King Arthur sings about his fears of the wedding night and it is all rather cute and humorous. We instantly see King Arthur as an eternal boy and later find out how he became king quite by accident when he draws the sword, Excalibur, out of a stone.
Guenevere arrives all wrapped in fur as she travels through the "most ferocious, savage, terrifying forest" she has ever seen. The branches are laden with snow and icicles. She simply adores the danger and beauty.Read more ›
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One of the finest musicals ever written, well acted and moving. Great value for the price and free shipping with Amazon Prime!!Published 5 days ago by Gail A.
One of my guiltiest guilty pleasures. Dated and sexist, but some of the music is good and the sets, costumes, and cinematography are all quite well-done. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Brian Lehman
Camelot Classics never go out of style. The picture was pretty clear and I loved revisiting one of my favorite movies (yes, I am a romantic!). Read morePublished 22 days ago by Amazon Customer for Life:)
I don't know if its our dvd player or the film. The words and songs DON'T play.Published 24 days ago by Caitlin Metcalf
Always makes me sob--just briefly-- near the end of the movie. I love the way it tugs at my heart, and leaves some questions unanswered. Beautiful story.Published 1 month ago by wgail
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