David Richter

  • drichter commented on the page, on the site English 391: Arthurian Film 5 minutes 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.

  • The response to Excalibur, even by academics, was not wildly enthusiastic, and many movie critics and reviewers were also inclined to give less than three cheers.

    Roger Ebert (whom I knew briefly when we were both in the Ph.D. program in Chicago) rated it 2.5 stars out of 4, and his lede read: “What a wondrous vision “Excalibur” is! And wha…[Read more]

  • I don’t think it’s possible to say whether the Arthurian materials are pagan or Christian because they are both. If we are talking about the earliest references to Arthur in Geoffrey of Monmouth, he seems to have been a ruler (or war lord) before Christianity spread in Britain, but of course the later development of the Arthur story in Chrétien…[Read more]

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