Cinema: A Glorious Camp of Camelot

EXCALIBUR Directed by John Boorman Screenplay by Rospo Pallenberg and John Boorman

Look at almost any new movie, and you will find its spirit fettered in realism, soldered to the everyday. When a film attempts to soar into the oneiric, with voluptuous imagery and italicized feelings, it is likely to be grounded by those air-traffic controllers of popular culture, the critics. Excalibur is such a film. Viewers are advised to decide for themselves if John Boorman's retelling of the Arthurian romance is a dove or a dodo.

Boorman set himself a task only slightly...

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