Inspired by the 1960 stage musical that bore the same name by Lerner and Frederick Loewe, Camelot is a 1967 American musical fantasy drama film that was directed and written by Joshua Logan. Franco Nero plays Lancelot, Vanessa Redgrave portrays Guenevere, and Richard Harris plays King Arthur. David Hemmings, Lionel Jeffries, and Laurence Naismith are also included in the cast.
Release Date of Camelot Movie
Camelot was the tenth highest-grossing movie of 1967 when it was released on October 25, 1967, to mixed reviews from critics but an economic triumph, earning $31.5 million against a $13 million budget. At the 40th Academy Awards, the movie garnered five nominees and took home three prizes: best score, best production design, and best sets and costumes.
Additionally, it received three Golden Globe Awards for Best Original Song (for “If Ever I Would Leave You”), Best Original Score, and Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy (Richard Harris).
Cast of Camelot Movie
- Richard Harris as King Arthur
- Vanessa Redgrave as Guenevere
- Franco Nero as Lancelot Du Lac
- David Hemmings as Mordred
- Lionel Jeffries as King Pellinore
- Laurence Naismith as Merlyn
- Pierre Olaf as Dap
- Estelle Winwood as Lady Clarinda
- Gary Marshal as Sir Lionel
- Anthony Rogers as Sir Dinadan
- Peter Bromilow as Sir Sagramore
- Sue Casey as Lady Sybil
- Gary Marsh as Tom of Warwick
Plot of Camelot Movie
The musical comedy Camelot was first presented in 1967. Franco Nero, Vanessa Redgrave, and Richard Harris all appear in this King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table story. It is based on T.H. White’s 1958 classic The Once and Future King. On the eve of his battle with Lancelot, Arthur asks himself in the opening scene of the movie, “Where did everything go wrong?” He sees Merlin, who instructs him to remember the period when he first encountered Guinevere. And although their union was forced upon them, Arthur and Guinevere appear to be blissfully happy and in love as they exchange vows. Arthur creates the Round Table and proposes courtesy and discipline among the knights
Around this time, Arthur’s son Mordred, who is not his biological child, arrives. In an effort to ruin the Round Table and Arthur, he joins them and stirs up trouble. Lancelot and Guinevere were duped by Mordred, who then caught them in the act. Guinevere does not flee, but Lancelot does. She is found guilty of treason and given the death penalty by being set afire. “Kill the Queen, or kill the law,” as Mordred says, compels Arthur to act. Thankfully, Lancelot comes to her aid. Sadly, he ends up killing a lot of knights, inciting the remaining knights to seek retribution.
Review of Camelot Movie
The story’s progression has frequently been likened to the political drama of the 1960s, particularly the Kennedy and post-Kennedy eras. What went wrong? is a question Arthur asks at the start of the movie. The attitude of the American people in 1967 was represented in this. The American military’s participation in the Vietnam War was coming under scrutiny. There was a lot of political instability and the start of antiwar protests. There have been comparisons made between the Round Table and the Vietnam War. In the movie, the disintegration of the Round Table was a reflection of the public’s waning belief in the Vietnam War. Additionally, John F. Kennedy and his government were frequently contrasted with King Arthur and his Camelot realm.
They were both viewed as representatives of goodness and optimism. The Kennedys were already regarded as American royalty, and after JFK was chosen, that perception further grew. Camelot, which in the movie started with Lancelot and Guinevere’s affair, was thought to have come to an end with JFK’s killing. After JFK’s death, some people believed Bobby Kennedy would succeed him as president, bringing back the “once and future monarch.” After JFK’s assassination, Jackie Kennedy stated in an interview that Camelot had been his favorite musical, which strengthened the analogy.
What is Wrong With Camelot Movie
The women in historical films, especially Guinevere, are two-dimensional and ogled figures, like in many movies from that time period. She lacks personality but is really attractive. Her role in the movie is to advance the narratives of the other knights. After a confrontation with Guinevere, Arthur sings a tune titled “How to Handle a Woman.” He is questioning Merlin as it why he wasn’t taught how to “control” a queen. “Merlin once told me,” they don’t do it all that often, but what should you do when they are doing it,” “never be too upset if you don’t comprehend what a lady is thinking.” In this sentence, women are compared to “creatures,” as Arthur puts it, who behave irrationally.
A sequence early in the movie where Guinevere fears Arthur is going to rape her and then becomes upset when he swears he won’t is much more troubling. This is very harmful because it normalizes and romanticizes rape while also supporting the myth that women secretly like unwelcome advances. All of these incidents serve to perpetuate untrue and harmful perceptions about women.