If Ever I Would Leave You
In this lavish adaptation of the Broadway musical based
on T.H. White's modern classic "The Once and Future
King," the music of Frederick Loewe and Lyrics of Alan Jay
Lerner weave this story into an intricate tapestry of
unforgettable heart-stirring emotions. The emotions are quite
overpowering and you almost have to watch this movie three times
to fully appreciate the texture and detail of the 45 sets and
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. When she hears the forest
is quite dangerous, she wishes to be stolen away. Her heart is
quite hungry for adventure and romance as a damsel in distress
and all she has to look forward to is an arranged marriage.
When she meets "Wart" she has no idea he is King
Arthur and asks him to run away with her. Vanessa Redgrave and
Richard Harris are like two happy children living in a magical
dream. King Arthur has a boyish charm, plenty of witty lines and
the almost periwinkle eye shadow quite matches his turtleneck
sweater and promotes a whimsical mood.
The royal marriage is magnificent and the wedding gown flows
between two seas of candles. For a time, we truly believe this
arranged marriage will succeed. Arthur shares his dreams of
uniting the feudal city-states and Guenevere seems intrigued
with her husband's leadership qualities. She too seems to be
dreaming of a new world filled with chivalrous knights who fight
When French knight Sir Lancelot arrives, he destroys the
intimacy between Guenevere and King Arthur, although he promises
to be the king's defender in this newly civilized world.
Guenevere becomes a woman who must make impossible decisions.
Lancelot dreams of all the good he can do, all the wrongs he can
right and in fact, his desires lead him to a place where a
fragile utopia is destroyed.
"Camelot" then becomes a serious study in how three
people are almost forced to make irreversible decisions. King
Arthur (Richard Harris) seems to quickly go into an extended
period of denial and since he deeply loves Guenevere, he
forgives her for being human. Lancelot (Franco Nero) lives life
intensely and feels deeply about King Arthur's mission. He is
filled with a passion for life and makes promises he can hardly
keep once he enters Guenevere's world.
Guenevere (Vanessa Redgrave) is so innocent in her love of
both King Arthur and Lancelot. She falls madly in love with
Lancelot because he embodies all that she has always dreamed of,
despite the fact that their love now destroys Lancelot's
chivalrous ideals. He fights for her and his impressive battle
skills and depth of emotion after he fights in the joust draws
her into his world. Each time they look at one another, the
world stands still and in awe of this love they feel for one
another. If only she had met Lancelot before she had been
promised to King Arthur.
I doubt there is a more powerfully erotic and yet angelic
scene than the one where Guenevere stands in the doorway with
her golden hair flowing behind her in the drafty castle. This
scene portrays her in an almost angelic way as "If Ever I
Would Leave You" plays on, drawing us into an intimate
circle created by three hearts who are forever woven into this
immortal tale. How can your heart not melt when Lancelot
declares his undying affection by saying: "I, I love you.
God forgive me, but I do."
There are a lot of extras:
1. Jump to a Scene
2. Explore Camelot
-Cast & Crew
-The History of the Legend – Information on King Arthur
(Interesting ideas, like that King Arthur was really a Celtic
chieftain in the 5th century who became a king in the legends
after his death. He was believed to have been killed at a battle
at Camlan in 537 AD.), Excalibur, The Holy Grail (Why King
Arthur was seeking this magical object) and The Knights of the
-King Arthur Comes to Hollywood
-Featurette: The Story of Camelot
-Featurette: Special Premiere Footage
-5 Theatrical Trailers
3. Languages – You have to choose
"English" or you will only hear the Musical Score.
I really can't think of a more perfect movie. Sadly at the
end of the movie, the story is not quite what we expect. Yet, I
don't think we would want this movie to end in any other way.
The sheer tragedy is terribly romantic.
To romance, men who never leave, undying devotion and eternal
love. I adore this movie!
~The Rebecca Review
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