Excalibur ★★★★½

Discussed on Cows in the Field w/ Bilge Ebiri (Vulture/New York Magazine). 

Taking its cue from the stage, Boorman’s masterful epic strips down the Arthurian legend to its basic elements. Characters here are mere archetypes, distillations of attributes exhibited in various degrees by all of us, while the narrative excludes anything not essential to the plot. The result is the film equivalent of Wagnerian opera, a tragic prehistory of mankind recounting the conflicts that seeded our collective neuroses.

It is the doom of men that they forget.

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