Not so clever Keitel
When princess Alba (Maria Lamor) is abducted by a mysterious dragon, it’s upto Klever (Harvey Keitel), a foolish knight in love, to go and rescue her. However, the dragon turns out to be a spaceship, and Alba starts to fall in love with the alien human abductor, who was merely paying a visit to our planet earth. Can you dig this?
I was really looking forward to seeing Klaus Kinski and Harvey Keitel in this medieval tale of sci-fi and fantasy. But boy, how could I have anticipated a movie this bad! Kinski‘s voice was even dubbed and he smiles all the time, looking way too happy for his role as the medieval alchemist Boecius. And poor Harvey Keitel… At the time of shooting this movie, he must have still been recovering from all the LSD he dropped during the 70′s or something, because you can see he has absolutely no idea what he was doing on the set. His character is named Klever, a not too intelligent knight who is in love with princess Alba. It’s often Klever who provides the totally misplaced and stupid comedy elements of this movie. But I did find it funny to see Keitel speak Shakespearian dialogues with his Brooklyn accent. Pretty ridiculous. You should see him thanking God when he finds out how the space-armour works. And see him fall asleep while standing guard. Priceless! Other attempts at comedy were provided by the Green Knight Who Guards The Bridge And Spits When He Talks (actually, that spitting-part was unintentional and you only see him do it near the end of the movie, but it really was funny). That Green Knight character, by the way, was directly lifted from .
But Star Knight isn’t really a comedy (although it’s so bad, you will laugh). At least, it doesn’t start out that way. It’s a medieval sci-fi-tale, sort of, that doesn’t even try not to be ridiculous. There’s a spaceship flying around a small village. The inhabitants mistakingly see it as a flying dragon. That’s plausible, I guess. The alien in it, is a human (from another planet? From the future? Who knows?). Klever, who’s not so clever, thinks the astronaut’s space-suit is his armour. That’s pretty plausible too. But the rest of the movie isn’t. The alien visitor, named IX, is here to study earth, but falls in love with Alba. He communicates through telepathy (which seems to make a stupid, high-pitched noise), but only Alba can hear him (that, or he only speaks to her). Since IX and Klever are both in love with Alba, they have to do battle with each other. When Klever stands outside the spaceship screaming that he demands a duel, Alba is inside the ship telling IX things like “If you really love me, you will fight for me…”, knowing that it might get him killed. You see, our human alien friend can’t breath our oxygen. So, if Klever busts his space-suit, the space-dude’s going to die. And Alba very well knows this. That bitch! Anyway, the duel is over before it really starts. So this movie is just stupid and pointless. The conclusion is just plain idiotic. Ridiculous beyond belief, even.
But you will laugh with Star Knight, that’s for sure. And fans of Harvey Keitel and Klaus Kinski should see this (and then wonder what the hell they were doing in this picture). The special effects of the space-ship aren’t too bad, but there’s so much light coming out of the thing that you can’t tell what shape it is. The filmmakers clearly had no idea what kind of movie they were trying to make, nor were it was all going to lead to. So it results in ridiculous nonsense. Amusing, but stupid and very inept. I’d say, as far as cheezy medieval flicks go, we have a winner. And on its own terms, this might very well be a piece of fried gold.
Special Features: Intermission (2 drive-in cartoons) / More Cheezy Flicks (compilation of scenes from 12 other available releases)