2009年4月23日星期四

Knights of the Round Table圓卓武士

Knights of the Round Table圓卓武士


Based on the book Le Morte d'Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory, Knights of the Round Table was the first film made by M-G-M using the wide-screen process known as CinemaScope. The picture was also the first wide-screen feature film to be shot in England. Taylor never felt comfortable playing this kind of characters that he called his ''iron jockstrap'' roles, in spite of box office success. Ava Gardner didn't enjoy playing her part either. However, I can't imagine anyone better suited to interpret Lancelot and Guinevere.Robert Taylor plays the noble knight Lancelot of the Lake, who, in 6th century England, becomes the most conspicuous member of the Order of Knights of the Round Table and the best friend of the King of England Arthur Pendragon (Mel Ferrer). Thanks to Lancelot, Arthur defeats Modred (Stanley Baker), the knight champion of the Arthur's half sister Morgan LeFay (Anne Crawford), who had refused to recognize Arthur as King because she considered herself as the only legitimate offspring of the late king. But Lancelot must not only fight against the King's enemies but also against his feelings for the queen Guinevere (Ava Gardner) with whom he has fallen madly in love and who loves him too. The ambitious Modred and Morgan LeFay use their knowledge of this relationship to destroy both, the friendship between Arthur and Lancelot and the King Arthur's Round Table. One night Modred's men finds Guinevere in Lancelot's rooms and they are arrested for high treason. Lancelot fights them off and flees with Guinevere, but they are tried in absentia at the Round Table and declared guilty...

Robert Taylor ... Lancelot
Ava Gardner ... Guinevere
Mel Ferrer ... Arthur
Anne Crawford ... Morgan Le Fay
Stanley Baker ... Modred
Felix Aylmer ... Merlin
Maureen Swanson... Elaine
Gabriel Woolf ... Percival
Anthony Forwood ... Gareth
Robert Urquhart ... Gawaine

Knights of the Rounde Table (1953) - Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7l-8mkYsuvU&feature=related


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