“Your mother was a hamster, and your father smelt of elderberries!”
Excalibur is truly a memorable film.
But how about Quest for the Holy Grail? One of the funniest films I've ever seen.
It's funny, given the popularity of the Arthurian stories, that there aren't really many films.
I really would like to see one where he is finally played by a Welshman, preferably either fighting to save Britain from the English & Irish invaders, or simply as a British King fighting British & Saxon Tyrants alike
, , not as a King of England like he normally is. If real, he was Welsh afterall
There is an interesting theory about Excalibur that I read a few years ago now. Modern Welsh for an Englishman is variations of Sais, Saes, Saesneg, Saesnegwr, modern versions of British words such as Saisson, Saecson literally meaning Saxon.
There is already a metaphoric connection with the Sword in the Stone - Briton Blacksmiths used Stone Moulds when creating Swords, which they would pour the liquid metal in. But there may be another, according to the theory, perhaps due to mis-translation or misunderstanding by Monks translating between British, Old Welsh and Latin etc, not to mention that stories passed down via aural traditions will tend to alter, as people along the way try to improve or put their mark onto the story they are telling.
The Latin for Stone is Saxum.
And it's not out of the realms of possibility, that someone got confused between Saxum and Saecson for example. So, by this possibility, the Arthur gained Excalibur, not by pulling it out of a Stone, a feat no other man was able to do, and thus something we know is scientifically impossible. However, if there is some mistranslation going on, then Arthur may well have taken the sword from a Saecson - literally, perhaps a personal Duel with a mighty Saxon King or Chieftain, having defeated the Chap, he takes the chap's marvellous sword, and enters legend.