This 2001 two part miniseries directed by Uli Edel is a visually stunning adaptation of the best selling book by Marion Zimmer Bradley and is a great inspiration with it's myth and magic for many modern Witches and Pagans. The story is a wonderful re-imagining of Arthurian legend. The tale chronicles the story of the women who's power and magic influenced a kingdom and country.
The story paints the story of very complex characters, the plot full of intrigue, and many twists on the original Arthur stories that really work very well. Is the film version exactly like the book? No- but so seldom do screenwriters keep the story the same, for many reasons including time constraints, nonetheless, this is an excellent movie.
I've always been fascinated by the period of time during which the Christian religion moved into previously Pagan areas and began to take over, and this story is all about those elements of change and tension during that transition. It also is a study in the power struggle between the feminine and masculine powers.
|The original "Fam Trad, sitting around the hearth, I looove this room!|
The story is told through the eyes of Morgaine, (Julianna Margulies) Arthurs half sister and revolves around her mother Igraine, (Caroline Goodall) and her two aunts Morgaues (Joan Allen) and Viviane.(Anjelica Houston) She and her brother are taken away at a young age to study because the powers that be have plans for both of them. They are separated, Arthur goes to study with Merlin, and we follow Morgaine as she travels to the mystical land of Avalon to study the arts and mysteries of the Goddess with Viviane who is the High Priestess of Avalon also known as The Lady of the Lake. Viviane has a commanding presence and in this version of the legend outshines the aging Merlin.
|Ooooh, I want to visit Avalon! But I would settle for it's mundane counterpart Glastonbury!|
The magical land of Avalon co-exists in the same space as Glastonbury but not in the same realm. Morgaine grows up there, mastering Vivianes teachings, and before she leaves she is offered to a young man at Beltane for a fertility ritual.
The two wear elaborate masks, and having not seen each other since childhood, she doesn't realize that the man is Arthur. (Edward Atterton) Of course, she has concieved Mordred who will end up being raised by Igraines sister the power hungrey Morgaues.
|Oooh, litle Mordred, he's so cute! What a good boy!|
|This must have made for an awkward confession for Gwenhwyfar.|
|Joan Allen as Morgaues and Hans Matheson as Mordred, I think he's hot, his look reminds me of my hubby Dan!|
This film is steeped in the haunting melodies of Loreena Mckennit, enchanting in its own right, but then when you add the beautiful costuming and scenery, you have a magical film that is perfectly inspiring!
I want so many of the costumes in this move! I heard Anjelica Huston got to keep some of hers, I don't blame her one bit.
Magical Monday Featured Item:
Otherworld from The Hidden Path Oval Tile Wall Hanging
|Otherworld wall tile available in our Etsy shop.|
The art on this oval tile is from the "Otherworld" card from my oracle deck The Hidden Path. This piece shows a woman of the fae directing three swans to open the way to the otherworld. The scene is very magical and reminicent of the Priestess of Avalon parting the mist.
This beautiful gloss finish ceramic tile is a beautiful decorative piece to hang on your wall. It measures 4" x 6" and has a hanger on the back for easy display. (Hanger styles may vary) The art for this tile was printed right in our studio and heat pressed by hand fusing the ink into the surface of the tile.