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#4642917 - 02/22/24 07:29 PM Excalibur  
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I watched this astonishing film again yesterday and unless there is a movie out there I have never heard about before, I don't think any film based on the Arthurian legend comes close to matching this brilliant work of art by John Boorman. Every single aspect of this film works flawlessly: the cast, the script, the aesthetics and last but not least the masterful use of Richard Wagner's and Carl Orff's timeless music.

I get chills every time during this sequence. It never fails:



“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.”
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#4642920 - 02/22/24 08:24 PM Re: Excalibur [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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Saw it in theater in 81, haven't seen it since. As I recall it was good, probably need to rewatch.


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#4642922 - 02/22/24 09:07 PM Re: Excalibur [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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Every time I attempt to watch "Excalibur" again after 30 years, I watch "Flesh+Blood" or something similar, instead. Shameful. "Excalibur" is a true classic.

#4642924 - 02/22/24 10:25 PM Re: Excalibur [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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I think this scene is the reason I get pumped up when I hear O Fortuna. I used to use it while running or before working out.

#4642931 - 02/23/24 01:09 AM Re: Excalibur [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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Yes, that to me is the quintessential telling of the Arthurian legend. Well, that and Monty Python And The Holy Grail. biggrin


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#4642947 - 02/23/24 10:20 AM Re: Excalibur [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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A wnderful film indeed. Noted for what is said to be the most realistic representation of Mediaeval Panoply made for a film, all hand built by armourer Terry English.
Adam Savage made a most interesting series about said armour with him:


Critics said at the time the scene depicted in PM's clip was inaccurate as apples weren't grown in such rows at the time and the armour shown was of European German or Italian style and wrong for the period.
The fact that Arthur is a legend and the film had witches and wizards in it seems to have escaped their attention smile

As it happens, there is a field in our village in which very ancient knarled Perry trees planted in rows that still exist on the 'ridge and furrow' which have been dated to have existed in the 15th Century.



#4642948 - 02/23/24 11:29 AM Re: Excalibur [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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Thank you for that excellent post BD-123 and I will check out the video as well.


“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.”
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From Betamax, to VHS, to DVD. Must get a Blu Ray version now.
I must always have a copy of "Excalibur".

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I don't think I've seen Excalibur but I have heard that music before.

I GOOGLE "O Fortuna" and found:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O_Fortuna

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"O Fortuna” from Carmina Burana, a scenic cantata composed by Carl Orff in 1935-1936. “O Fortuna” was first introduced to mainstream media in the 1981, John Boorman film, Excalibur.

O Fortuna is based on 24 of the 254 poems found in the medieval collection Carmina Burana, a manuscript composed of 11th – 13th century poems and dramatic texts, believed to be written by clergy in Italy and Western Europe for traveling scholars, universities and theologians. The collection of texts was discovered in 1803 in the Benedictine monastery of Benediktbeuern in Bavaria (Germany).

When Orff came across an edition of the text over 100 years later, he selected and organized 24 of the poems in a libretto, mostly in Latin verse, with a bit of Middle High German and Old Provencal. The poem’s topics range from drinking, lust and gluttony, to fortune, joy, and the fleeting nature of life.

Upon the premiere of his piece at the Frankfurt Opera on June 8, 1937, Orff wrote his publisher saying, “Everything I have written to date, and which you have, unfortunately, printed, can be destroyed. With Carmina Burana, my collected works begin.” While Orff was correct in presuming the celebrity of this piece, it’s unlikely he would have guessed that it would eventually become a pop culture staple, frequently featured in films (as well as television shows and commercials) throughout the century.

The song has been used for dramatic effect (and later, parody) in numerous films since including: Glory (1989), The Hunt for Red October (1990), The Doors (1991), Natural Born Killers (1994), The General’s Daughter (1999), Detroit Rock City (1999), Jackass: The Movie (2002), Cheaper by the Dozen (2003), and even G-Force (2009).


What is meaning of O Fortuna?

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O Fortuna literally means 'Oh Fate', and it is a lament about the inescapable power of fate, a central theme to Roman and Greek mythology, in which fate is a force that rules both gods and mortals.


LOOL!! Someone on the internet tried to write the lyrics to it years ago.



Impressive, quite Impressive!



Latin Lyrics to ‘O Fortuna’

O Fortuna
Velut luna
Statu variabilis
Semper crescis
Aut decrescis;
Vita detestabilis
Nunc obdurat
Et tunc curat
Ludo mentis aciem,
Egestatem,
Potestatem
Dissolvit ut glaciem.
Sors immanis
Et inanis,
Rota tu volubilis
Status malus,
Vana salus
Semper dissolubilis,
Obumbrata
Et velata
Michi quoque niteris;
Nunc per ludum
Dorsum nudum
Fero tui sceleris.
Sors salutis
Et virtutis
Michi nunc contraria,
est affectus
et defectus
semper in angaria.
Hac in hora
Sine mora
Corde pulsum tangite;
Quod per sortem
Sternit fortem,
Mecum omnes plangite!

English translation

O Fortune,
like the moon
you are changeable,
ever waxing,
ever waning,
hateful life
first oppresses
and then soothes
as fancy takes it;
poverty
and power
it melts them like ice
fate – monstrous
and empty,
you whirling wheel,
you are malevolent,
well-being is vain
and always fades to nothing,
shadowed
and veiled
you plague me too;
now through the game
I bring my bare back
to your villainy
fate is against me
in health
and virtue,
driven on
and weighted down,
always enslaved.
so at this hour
without delay
pluck the vibrating strings;
since Fate
strikes down the strong man,
everyone weep with me!

YouTube HD Film Tributes channel's Excalibur O Fortuna tribute

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