David Richter

  • In T.H. White’s book The Once and Future King (the immediate source for Alan Jay Lerner’s book of the musical), Arthur is extremely diffident (partly because he has been brought up as Kay’s little brother, partly because he is trying to think out something that was unprecedented and massively complicated (putting chivalry to work supporting a…[Read more]

  • Sounds like you’re not familiar with the Broadway musical as a genre, or possibly with the genre in the form it took at the time of Rodgers and Hammerstein (South Pacific, The King and I, Oklahoma, Carousel) and Lerner and Loewe (My Fair Lady, Paint Your Wagon). The Monty Python film parodies the talk/music swells/character starts singing…[Read more]

  • drichter commented on the page, on the site English 391: Arthurian Film 2 months ago

    The coconuts had to do with the budget for the film, which was tiny (around £200,000), no way they could afford horses. The locations were in Scotland, where there are a fair number of abandoned castles they could take over for practically nothing.

    This was the first Monty Python feature film (followed by Life of Brian and The Meaning of…[Read more]

  • drichter commented on the page, on the site English 391: Arthurian Film 2 months ago

    Generally we would attribute the adaptation to the screenwriter and the director rather than an actor, though Richard LaGravenese mentions in an interview that there was a lot of collaboration on the dialogue, and the actors weighed in on the key piece of dialogue, Parry’s retelling of the myth of the Fisher King. You should look at the…[Read more]

  • First reference to Pinocchio is at 3:06: Malnick is on the phone and when he says “I met this beautiful woman…” Jack says “And Pinocchio is a true story.”

    Second reference is Jack again, after the kid gives him the Pinocchio doll, he asks vaguely at Grand Army Plaza (in front of the Plaza Hotel) “Anyone here named Jiminy?”

    The doll makes…[Read more]

  • The interweaving of a contemporary bromance with the traditional story of the Waste Land of the Fisher King. which must be redeemed by a Knight who is also a Holy Fool, is quite expert.

    It isn’t clear exactly who the Fisher King is: one of them, certainly, is Langdon Carmichael, who has lost touch with the Lanny who exerted himself to put on…[Read more]

  • The novel “Game of Thrones,” first of George R.R. Martin’s heptalogy, was published in 1996, so it precedes David Franzoni’s script by a bit and could conceivably be an influence. But the political intrigue is as much “The Sopranos” as “Game of Thrones”: Germanus, clearly no saint, makes Arthur “an offer he can’t refuse” leading to the “final…[Read more]

  • Glad you liked it!

    To me Isolde’s appearance in the boat suggested imagery that is often used with the Blessed Virgin Mary, not sure what the director had in mind here.

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