New York State Writers Institute - Classic Film Series

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December 12, 2003 (Friday) at 7:30 p.m.
Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue
(Free and Open to the Public)

(United Kingdom, 1968, 134 minutes, color, DVD)

Directed by Anthony Harvey
Starring Katharine Hepburn, Peter O'Toole,
Anthony Hopkins, Jane Merrow

"One of the most revered films of all time," according to the Washington Post, this brilliant historical drama brought Katharine Hepburn her third Oscar for Best Actress. Set at Christmas time in medieval England, THE LION IN WINTER presents a truly dysfunctional royal family. Henry II (O'Toole) and Eleanor of Acquitaine (Hepburn) meet with their three sons in order to choose Henry's successor. Hepburn, who died in July of this year at the age of 96, called the role of Eleanor one of her favorites, telling an interviewer, "She was something I've always tried to be--completely authentic."