Lovespell is the legendary story of Isolt (Kate Mulgrew), Druid priestess and daughter of an Irish king, and the spell she casts on two extraordinary men: Mark (Richard Burton) King of Cornwall and Tristan (Nicholas Clay),... more » Mark?s nephew and surrogate son. Richard Burton is at his best in this tale of passion, honor, and betrayal, shot entirely on location in Ireland and featuring original music by the Chieftans.« less
Who would have known that Captain Janeway acted in a movie opposite Richard Burton? This is the one. Another retelling of the classic Tristan and Isolde tale. I find this title a bit more cursory than other versions, in it's treatment of the subject matter. Because of this I would recommend finding an English translation of "Tristan and Isolde" by Gottfried von Strassburg. It's actually a great read in itself. I've been through it many times over the years and enjoyed it much. And this might help clarify some of the rather compressed elements this film tiptoes over. Overall, "Lovespell" is definitely worth a view. The young Kate Mulgrew is effulgently resplendent, as always.
Anna Egorova | San Diego, CA USA | 03/15/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It was a great present for my Mom, who loved this movie when she was younger! Unfortunately, no subtitles, I wish there were! But still good!"
A charming and subtle film
Gwenevere | 11/11/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
LoveSpell is a charming and subtle film. The characters are well cast. But I don't think that the movie budget did justice to what the film makers were trying to do. Tristan shows well his emotional torture at seeing the woman he loves married to another man. Isolt is earthy and sweet. Richard Burton as the possessive King Mark is well chosen for his ability to show intensity at his desperate attempts to force Isolt to love him. Burton's portrayal of Mark is similar to his porformance as King Henry VIII in Anne of the thousand days. My favorite elements of the film are the moments of brilliant and beautiful dialogue, the music performed by the Chieftains, and of beautiful Ireland."
Dall'argine Sara | 01/18/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This film is beautiful.
Kate Mulgrew in fantastic and Richard Burton is fascinating"
A nice try (3.5 stars)
AMH | Seattle, WA | 07/04/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It really helps to know the full story of Tristran and Isult in order to enjoy this movie. For instance, there are several references to Tristan's victory over Marholt, which is both a monster and Isult's uncle. And there are a number of story elements that come up in the second half of the movie that probably don't make any sense unless you are already aware of them, like the second Isult that Tristran meets up with. I like the approach that the director takes to the material, an approach that can be quite successful when used with myth or folktale or stories set in the dark ages. It's a straightforward, almost simple-minded approach, without over-dramatization or clever narrative touches. This works very well in the first part of the movie, when it is a story of characters meeting and falling in love. But this approach can't handle the second half of the movie which needs a lot of exposition. And the final sequence, which unfortunately does get a laugh when it shouldn't, I think was botched in the editing room or something, because I think there is a way to make it work with all the same elements. (You know, how sometimes the difference between comedy and tragedy is slim.) Some movies that succeed in this approach are The Virgin Spring, The Song of Bernadette, and Shadows of Our Forgotten Ancestors. But Lovespell has fabulous art design and scenery. Green Ireland, old castles (exteriors and interiors), drinking cups and wooden chests. Seeing Richard Burton's red, soft-leather doublet is almost worth the movie itself!"