Questions on Excalibur and the Arthurian Legend

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  1. Dave Hahn

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    Major Spoilers, be warned!

    At the very end of the film, Perceval returns after throwing Excalibur into the water. He finds Arthur is gone, he looks to the west and sees King Arthur's body laid in state on the stern of a boat, attended to by three ladies.

    In the Director's Commentary, John Boorman refers to these three ladies as "the three queens" and states that the boat is sailing west, towards "Avalon, the land of the apple."

    Now, I was able to find the following on Avalon:

     
  2. Kenneth_C

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    From Bulfinch's Mythology:
     
  3. Jack Briggs

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    And I have nothing to add other than I love this film.
     
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    Me too.

    One of my Top10 of all time. I adore it.
     
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    Allow me to turn this thread on its head by saying...

    Me too! A wonderful, hypnotic film, far and away the best film about Arthurian legend that I've seen, and the best sword 'n sorcery epic this side of The Lord of the Rings.

    --Jefferson Morris

    P.S. This film also introduced me to the extraordinary music of Wagner, and for that I'll be eternally grateful. If there's a more rapturous 11-or-so minutes of sound than the Prelude to Tristan and Isolde, I haven't heard it.
     
  7. John Doran

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    my favorite version of the arthurian legend is "The Once and Future King", by T.H. White.

    interestingly, it is the book that professor X is teaching to the students at the school at the close of X2...

    tennyson's idylls of the king is good, too, for a more formalized treatment of the epic.

    if you'll forgive the length, here's the last bit of book 11 - "The Passing of Arthur":


     
  8. John Doran

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    here's a good site with information on the arthurian legend:

    http://www.pantheon.org/areas/folklo.../articles.html

    oh - and the three queens were King Arthur's sister, Queen Morgane le Fay; the other was Viviane, the Lady of the Lake and the third was the queen of North Galis.

    seehere, about halfway down....
     
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    I want a better version DVD! [​IMG]

    8^B
     
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    I hear Jerry Bruckheimer is producing an updated version of King Arthur starring Sean Connery with the director of Training Day.[​IMG]
     
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    Great thread..... This was one movie I can never forget... I was around 9 when it first appeared, and can remember back to the days when they showed it on Home Box..... Great memories.... [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    Yes, the continuing adventures of John Boorman's naked children. [​IMG]
    One of my favorites also. My brother-in-law, an Arthurian freak, always praises its accuracy.
     
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    I love John Boorman's moody, atmospheric, and very personal work. Ever see Hope and Glory? The man's very British.
     
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    Actually, it's Clive Owen. [​IMG]
     
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    Damnit! I did it again! Why do I have such a mental block against his name...

    Jason
     
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    @Dave Hahn

    Best would be to read the old Arthus Version by Chretien de Troyes, but as I remember these three queens are always nameless and they could be identified as threefold godesses or the three Madonnas (I hope it's the right english word [​IMG] )

    Arthur
     
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    Kenneth_C, thanks for your quick and precise answer. I looked up Bulfinch's Mythology on-line and found a couple cool sites. Very informative.

    Thank you john doran! I've never read The Once and Future King, by T.H. White but I guess I'll have to pick it up now. I have read Mary Stewart's Merlin Trilogy many times. The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, and The Last Enchantment give an interesting interpretation of the Arthur Legend. These three books are great and I highly recommend them to anyone interested in the Arthurian Legend. I think I once saw an English(?) mini-series that seemed to follow the first book, The Crystal Cave rather closely. I didn't see the beginning and don't remember the name, but I'd love to see it again if anyone knows what I'm talking about.

    I've also read Stephen Lawhead's Pendragon Cycle but didn't find him nearly as entertaining as Stewart.

    I've never read Malory but John Steinbeck's The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights comes close. It's a good read and reminds me of the stories my dad used to read me about King Arthur from a book that was his when he was a kid, (don't know where that went to [​IMG]).

    Lastly, heres another cool site that deals with this subject: http://legends.dm.net/kingarthur/index.html
     

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