King Arthur in Hollywood

Perceval (1978) Subtitled in English DVD VHS

This unique theatrical version of the tale of Perceval was adapted by Rohmer from Chrétien de Troyes' unfinished Count of the Grail. Rohmer blends ancient theater, medieval painting, sculpture, music, and prose in a beautifully stylized film narrated in couplets by a chorus of singers and accompanied by musicians playing traditional instruments - all in old French. Fabrice Luchini as Perceval is the perfect innocent, ignorant but well-meaning, raised in isolation, and determined to become a knight. Rohmer creates his image with metal sculptures, storybook cardboard castles, and backdrop paintings of the landscape. The Passion Play with Perceval symbolizing the Christ provides the viewer with a unique vision.