In This Series:
- The Princess Bride
- The Golden Compass
- Willie Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
- The Wizard of Oz
- Harry Potter
- The Lord of the Rings
Year of Release: 1981
Based on: Le Morte d’Arthur by Thomas Malory 1485
Director: John Boorman
Arguably the most elegant and visually sumptuous telling of the King Arthur legend. The scenes in the film are so lush and pristine, that Ireland’s green forests take on an unearthly quality. The movie was filmed in Ireland and featured many actors early in their careers who later became very well-known, including Helen Mirren, Patrick Stewart, Liam Neeson, Gabriel Byrne and Ciarán Hinds. But it was the magnificent Nicole Williamson as Merlin who stole the show. Moderately successful at the box office it received mixed reviews from critics who found the storyline a bit too ponderous and/or graphic at the time. It also didn’t help that the movie was first released with an “R” rating. Over time it has come to be considered as the Arthurian standard. This is beyond a doubt the best movie John Boorman ever made. A beautiful, beautiful film.
Have you watched the movie? Do you agree with my selection? Over to you!