The jockeying for the crown, though, is complex. At times it is difficult to tell who wants what and what is the truth. The film debuted on 30 October 1968 29 December 1968 premiere. The film was a commercial success and won three , including one for Hepburn as tied with. Which will rule, hot blood or cold? In the last analysis, the film provided a civilized version of a story that you sensed was not nearly so civilized at the time. Be the first to contribute! The film was location shot in Fontvielle, an abbey town in the south of France.
He makes a side deal with Eleanor for her freedom in return for , to be given to John. . During the course of the play, Eleanor sees that it is only she who commands both domains. Hepburn was an ambitious and sometimes selfish woman -- we require all great artists to be, in some measure -- but these qualities never existed in her in the pathological form they took in Eleanor of Aquitaine. Unsourced material may be challenged and.
Henry intends for John to inherit the throne, even though he is the youngest son and Eleanor wants Richard to be king. The Sunday Times Digital Archive. He summons the following people for the holiday: his scheming but imprisoned wife, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine; his mistress, Princess Alais, whom he wishes to marry; his three sons Richard, Geoffrey, and John , all of whom desire the throne; and the young but crafty King Philip of France who is also Alais' brother. Utz, Richard; Swan, Jesse G, eds. The film's glowering skies and mildewing castles offered a powerful allegory for the equally frozen places in the heart of Eleanor of Aquitaine.
However, they can't act either, unwilling to harm their father. Then he will go to Rome, force the pope to annul their wedding, and marry Alais. Her relationship with Henry failed after they both moved into positions of power and neither was willing to sacrifice or submit to the other. The love shared between Henry and his mistress Alais strikes a sharp contrast to his relationship with his true wife Eleanor. Suspicion Main Character Problem: Desire Main Character Solution: Ability Main Character Symptom: Self-Aware Main Character Response: Aware Main Character Unique Ability: Suspicion Main Character Critical Flaw: Prediction Main Character Benchmark: Conscious Main Character Signpost 1: Preconscious Main Character Signpost 2: Memory Main Character Signpost 3: Subconscious Main Character Signpost 4: Conscious Influence Character Throughline Eleanor Influence Character Throughline: Universe Influence Character Concern: Past Influence Character Issue: Prediction vs. Henry calls a Christmas court, letting his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine out of prison for the occasion.
In the end, everything is as it was in the beginning. Henry's wife, Queen Eleanor, has other ideas. All three of the sons plot against their father, with the young King Phillip of France. It was directed by , written by , and produced by , Jane C. He tells Alais that, while he plans to name John as heir, Eleanor wishes to see Richard made heir. There was a Christmas court at in 1182 but there was no Christmas court at Chinon in 1183.
As Eleanor has already given the province of Aquitaine to Richard, the outcome of this may decide the very future of England. On the other hand, the character Alais is fully submitted to Henry and her submission allows them to share a love that Eleanor can only yearn for. Anthony Harvey, a relatively new director, has done excellent work with a generally strong cast, literate adaptation by the author, and superb production values assembled by Martin H. It grabbed you by the throat. They discussed Lion in Winter which Poll read and loved.
The first part she chose was perhaps the most emotionally demanding she ever committed herself to. Richard scored considerable victories but did not succeed in retaking Jerusalem. But 'The Lion in Winter' also functions at an emotional level, and is the better film, I think. The Vexin is located northwest of Paris, between it and Rouen. As the family and various schemers gather for the holiday, each tries to make the indecisive king choose their option. The characters were scrubbed; the sets were ornate; the dialog was delivered as a sort of free verse, especially when got rolling.
Eleanor takes daggers to the boys in the dungeon, urging them to run, perhaps killing their father. A young Anthony Hopkins, then working in his first feature film, remembered Hepburn as professional and passionate as a performer, and compassionate and giving as a person. The holly or each other? Henry wants his youngest son, the future , to inherit his throne, while his estranged and imprisoned wife, Duchess , temporarily released from prison for the holidays, favors their oldest surviving son, the future. Henry has three sons and wants his boy Prince John to take over. Hepburn's director, Anthony Harvey, found Hepburn absolutely loyal to him in disputes with the front office. And Geoffrey, the middle son, feels unappreciated, with no chance at all of the throne.
In the midst of the preparations, Henry steps aside to discuss affairs with the beautiful Alais, his young and impressionable mistress. And it just won't do to have actors carrying on as if this were a genuine, 'deep' historical play on the order of 'A Man for All Seasons'. Hepburn had final say in who would direct the film. One of the joys which movies provide too rarely is the opportunity to see a literate script handled intelligently. I'm not convinced it's the best picture of the year, but I think Peter O'Toole's performance is of Oscar quality, and and deserve nominations for their supporting roles as Richard and Philip. Henry, who is fifty years old, points out that his primary goal is to ensure that the lands he has amassed under his rule will remain unified after his death, rather than being broken up by a civil war between his sons.