THE MISTS OF AVALON: Based on the best-selling novel by Marion Zimmer, this lavish three-hour television mini-series retells the timeless story of the Arthurian Legends. The result is a lavish production with colorful characters that fans of the book will savor. Unlike other screen versions of King Arthur that center on Arthur, Merlin and the temptress Guenevier who destroyed the great friendship of Arthur and Lancelot, Zimmer-Bradley gives the Medieval tale a twist and paints it from the point of the 'dark witch' instead of the golden-haired beauty. The cinematography and location shoot in Czechoslovakia possesses the primitive wildness that a lush Medieval England might have had and Lee Holdridge's musical score enhances the fantasy.
The legend of King Arthur has gone through many, many permutations. The Mists of Avalon is probably one of the more unique. It tells the tale of Arthur through the point of view of the female characters. Overall, this movie works far better than most fantasy movies - certainly better than the current fantasy hit Game of Thrones. The characters in this movie are complex and rich - or at least the female ones. Unlike most incarnations of Camelot, none of the female characters … more