David Lowery’s The green knight premieres in theaters this weekend and by many accounts it’s one of the best movies of the year. Inspired by the 14th century Welsh legend Sir Gauvain and the Green Knight, the film stars Dev Patel as King Arthur’s novice nephew who, after accepting the challenge of the terrifying bearded knight himself, ventures into a dark and mythical world on a chivalrous quest for honor and glory.
Aside from the film’s obvious Arthurian roots, the inspirations behind The green knight delve deep into Lowery’s love for movie history and fantasy, as the director shares an interview with Alamo Drafthouse.
Lowery cites several films as influences behind The green knightproduction of, from the horror and love film by Francis Ford Coppola Bram Stoker’s Dracula to the anachronistic historical drama of Sofia Coppola Marie Antoinette. “I use this film not so much as a point of aesthetic inspiration, but as a reminder that […] when you’re dealing with the largesse of history, what’s more important than being historically accurate is being emotionally true, ”says Lowery of the latter’s connection to his own film.
From close-ups of Carl Theodor Dreyer The passion of Joan of Arc to the tactility of The black crystalcostumes and set design, Lowery explains the many ways the films he grew up in and fell in love with in his youth continued to shape his signature in The green knight. But of all the films Lowery cites as essential in the production of his latest epic, none seem more quintessential than Ron Howard’s. sun.
Discussing the film, Lowery reveals that the original impetus behind The green knightWillow’s Creation found a box full of her childhood Willow figures in a closet. “I took them out and thought it would be fun to make a fantastic movie like sun, and here I am three years later having done one. The Green Knight isn’t exactly like Willow, but he’s got the same DNA there and I’d like to think there’s a bit of a kinship between the two.
Here’s where you can watch each of the movies Lowery cites as inspirations for The green knight:
1. Bram Stoker’s Dracula is available to stream on HBO Max.
2. The black crystal is available to stream on Starz.
3. The passion of Joan of Arc is available to stream on HBO Max.
4. Marie Antoinette is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video and HBO Max.
5. sun is available to stream on Disney Plus.
The green knight opens in theaters this Friday.