Letters to Juliet…from Camelot

A while back I went to see a romantic comedy with my 13-year-old daughter Eve and we saw a preview for Letters to Juliet. It looked like a good movie, but I couldn’t help but wonder: Who was that man on a horse who rode up to see Vanessa Redgrave after 50 years apart?

So I went online when I got home and looked it up: Franco Nero!? Wasn’t he the guy who played Lancelot with Vanessa Redgrave as Guinevere in the original Camelot movie of the late 1960s with Richard Harris?

Yes! And wait, it gets stranger and more wonderful still. After meeting on the set of Camelot, they had a son together, Carlo, and had an affair that fell apart after a while—but then, years later, they got back together, and in 1996 they got married. So romantic!

So I rented Camelot to watch it again, and remembered why it was one of my favorite movies. Sure, it’s cheesy and melodramatic (and as Eve said, everyone’s eyes are really, really blue). However, it’s the story of how to overcome our instinct for revenge with the higher and more civilized emotions of forgiveness, justice, and right action. And even though it didn’t end successfully, the power of telling the story plants seeds for future success (whether Camelot was real or not is still not proven). It’s a message that is even more relevant today, as we watch the Middle Eastern cultures destroy each other, and attempt to destroy us, through an endless cycle of tribal revenge.

What the Middle East needs is a round table!

And today, Britain can resolve its election confusion in a civilized manner, rather than by jousting or burning people at the stake. And people remember King Arthur, not his illegitimate son Mordred, who brought him down. We have come a long way.

We’ve come a long enough way that it’s OK to take a Saturday night and go see a simple, sweet, funny, and not-too-heavy romantic comedy that puts the New Yorker in the wrong building, puts Gail Garcia Bernal in a role he is perfect for (although next time make him the hero!), and reunites two lovers in film and real life.

According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, Franco Nero wrote a few lines for Letters to Juliet. One is the line in which Claire tells Lorenzo “Sorry I’m late,” for keeping him waiting for 50 years. “And I say,” explains Nero, ‘when we speak about love, it’s never too late.'”

So true.

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5 Responses to Letters to Juliet…from Camelot

  1. Lee May 17, 2010 at 10:55 am #

    Too coincidental! My daughter and me are reading “Arthur of Albion” together–A book we love. And I was thinking, just last night, how we should rent and watch Camelot! As a child I watched that movie many, many times.. and loved it! My mother often played the album/songs from the Broadway play Camelot—the one with Julie Andrews and Robert Goulett–on our Telefunken stereo. I still know all the songs by heart. Thanks for the reminder–we’ll definitely rent Camelot this weekend.

  2. maria (farm country kitchen) May 17, 2010 at 12:10 pm #

    Hi Lee,

    Enjoy the movie, but it’s long! It even has an intermission. We had to watch it over two days. By the way, I love the soundtrack as well and play it often!


  3. Rog.popaspepprsnatur;ly May 17, 2010 at 3:31 pm #

    I have not seen the movie. but I know Mordrid used their laws to destroy King Arthur, and this is happening to us as we speak and it is not a fairy tale or mystery. our powers that be are trying to make this connection by pacifying the Suni and Sheria believers in Islam and the very nature of Islam is believe or die, conquer or die. The Islamic have gone as far as trying to get Sheria law, of their religion, included into the laws of your and my land in the communities of U.S. Romantic comedies as such are against this type of law. THERE ARE SOME, WHO SAY SHALOM!, AND SOME WHO BEHEAD OR MURDER WITH BOMBS TIED TO THEIR BODIES,NOT CARING WHO DIES ! THE SEEDS OF DECEPTION ARE BEING PLANTED HERE AND NOW, PRAY THEY DO NOT GROW AND GET FUNGUS AND DIE..THIS SOUNDS REALLY RADICAL BUT IT IS THE TRUTH..READ, LEAD ON YOU ALL…..

  4. Andreas Ponder June 27, 2010 at 10:37 am #

    Letters To Juliet is amazing romantic movie, nice story line. Marvelous movie.

  5. Elric June 22, 2011 at 11:16 am #

    This article achieved exalcty what I wanted it to achieve.

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