Eric Rohmer's least typical and least popular film also happens to be his best: a wonderful version of Chretien de Troyes' 12th-century epic poem, set to music, about the adventures of an innocent knight. Deliberately artificial in style and setting—the perspectives are as flat as in medieval tapestries, the colors bright and vivid, the musical deliveries strange and often comic—the film is as faithful to its source as it can be, given the limited material available about the period. Rohmer's fidelity to the text compels him to include narrative descriptions as well as dialogue in the sung passages. Absolutely unique—a must for medievalists, as well as filmgoers looking for something different. This film also features the acting debut of the late and very talented Pascal Ogier (1978).
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