Alexandre Astier returned to an element of his film Kaamelott which could have gone unnoticed, and which is nevertheless decisive for the plot: the presence of the wind. Explanations.
This article is SPOILER and reveals intrigue points from “Kaamelott – first installment”. Read on at the risk of spoiling the surprises and revelations of the film.
Kaamelott’s DVD-Blu-Ray – First part is finally out and with it, an audio commentary provided by Alexandre Astier in the company of two of his children. The opportunity for fans to glean more information behind the scenes of the film and its characters.
The screenwriter and director wanted to come back to a visual element that could have gone unnoticed in this first part: the presence of the wind! He intervenes twice during the film, here are the details:
The first takes place when Horsa (played by Sting) negotiates to get the Isle of Thanet in payment for his services in hunting down Arthur. Several members of Kaamelott’s council oppose it, but Lancelot accepts and “dismisses” the kingdom of Logres, thus insulting the gods. And the reaction of the latter is not long in coming.
A wind then traverses the kingdom of Logres, reaches the castle, extinguishes the candles and creates surprise among its occupants: Dagonet and Father Blaise are stunned, the Jurisconsult and King Loth raise an eyebrow, Lancelot remains unmoved and Horsa is afraid.
The latter’s reaction is guided by the Saxon superstition in Kaamelott’s world, as Alexandre Astier confides in the audio commentary. The latter also confirms that this wind is of divine origin.
And later in the film, this divine wind reappears, again to extinguish the candles and raise cards in Kaamelott’s great room, at the time of the duel between Lancelot and Arthur. The latter lays his hand on Excalibur and lightning appears above the fortress and then around the sword itself. Alexandre Astier then explains:
The gods reserve for Arthur not a position of king with a pretty flaming sword, but a position of avenger with a sword … we will say angry.
“It’s important, because the gods are asking Arthur to take revenge on Lancelot, so obviously, if he doesn’t, there are going to be consequences. It’s still a way of disobeying the gods.” It is true that in the film, Arthur refuses to kill Lancelot and accomplish what the gods expect of him.
This is not the first time that Arthur is opposed to the divine will, since he had already given in to the exchange of wife during the series, a sacrilege which marked the beginning of the end of Kaamelott. Moreover, this revenge guided by the gods and coming from heaven in the First part is consistent with the end of the Prophecy heard long ago in the series: “From heaven to insult the Response”.
For more information or details on Kaamelott – First part, get the DVD-Blu-ray.
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