December 26th, 2016 by PRatt
January 21, 2017 @ 2:30 pm

(UK, 1968) Director: Anthony Harvey. Screenplay by James Goldman, based on his stage play. Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Peter O’Toole, Anthony Hopkins, Timothy Dalton, Nigel Terry.

It’s a movie lovers’ dream come true: a 4K restoration of The Lion in Winter – the film that inspired the Cinestudio logo! Before BBC (Wolf Hall) and Netflix (The Crown) put British history on TV, movies lik The Lion in Winter told the story of tempestuous royals with the larger-than-life drama only found in a movie palace. How else to capture the reckless beauty of Peter O’Toole as King Henry II, the intricacies of Anthony Hopkins’ Richard the Lion Hearted, or the delicious sarcasm of a regal Katharine Hepburn asking (in a world of patricide, incest & treason), “Well, what family doesn’t have its ups and downs?” 134 min.
“When Henry calls out to Eleanor, ‘You know, I hope we never die! Do you think there’s any chance of it?’ it’s impossible not to hear it as a question Peter O’Toole is posing to Katharine Hepburn. Movie lovers know…that for these two celluloid gods, immortality is a given.” – Chuck Wilson, The Village Voice.

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