LA CHANSON DE ROLAND
1977, regia di Frank Cassenti
Scheda: Nazione: Francia - Produzione: Z Productions - Distribuzione: Lux Film, Chamartín, Gaston Hakim International - Soggetto: Frank Cassenti, Thierry Joly, Michèle-Anne Mercier - Sceneggiatura: Frank Cassenti, Thierry Joly, Michèle-Anne Mercier - Fotografia: Jean-Jacques Flori - Costumi: Galiane - Musiche: Antoine Duhamel - Formato: Color - Durata: 110'.
Cast: Niels Arestrup, Pierre Clémenti, Alain Cuny, Monique Mercure, Jean-Pierre Kalfon, Jean-Claude Brialy, Dominique Sanda, Marc Depond, Mario Gonzáles, Louba Guertchikoff, Yvan Labejoff, Marilu Marini, Poussine Mercanton, Serge Merlin, Bruno Moynot, Jean-Gabriel Nordmann, Gérard Sergue, Dominique Valentin.
Trama e commenti: «Nel secolo XII, un gruppo di commedianti diretto a San Giacomo di Compostela canta le gesta degli eroi della guerra santa».
Plot Summary, Synopsis, Review: entertainment.msn.com - lachansonderoland - frenchfilms.topcities.com: «In the Twelfth Century, a group of travelling storytellers accompany peasant pilgrims on their long journey to the holy town of Saint- Jacques- de-Compostelle. They sing and enact the exploits of the valiant Roland, a Tenth Century knight who, in the reign of King Charlemagne, helped stem the advance of Arabs into France, before being betrayed by the armies of King Marsile at Roncevaux. On their gruelling journey on foot, both pilgrims and actors must fend off marauding bandits, whilst contending with near-starvation and disease, all of which rapidly depletes their number. Moved by the suffering endured by the peasants, one of the actors, Klaus, later gives up his life to champion their cause. One of the most unusual of French cinema's historical dramas, La Chanson de Roland tells a tale of heroism, faith and human suffering. With its naturalistic performances and convincing location sets, it resembles less a historical film and more a documentary filmed in the Middle Ages. The artistic style of the film is similar to that of Robert Bresson's Lancelot du Lac, although somewhat less austere in its cinematography. The film switches between a re-enactment of the exploits of a 10th Century knight Roland and a 12th century pilgrimage, a curious melange which illustrates the importance of folklore in medieval culture – past heroism somehow giving some sense to today’s otherwise meaningless existence...».
Conosciuto anche con il titolo: The Song of Roland.