The blog TYWKIWDBI — reliable source of the amusing, intriguing, and odd — just posted some screencaps and musings about one of my top five favorite movies, The Lion in Winter. TYWKIWDBI argues reasonably that such a dialogue-driven movie contrasts sharply with our modern tastes. This is true, and I think that it's not just dialogue versus special effects, but also pacing. I love the flick, and the banter is sharp as a knife, but the pacing is much more sedate than most modern movies. That's a director's choice, involving not just the raw material of the play but the music, scene transitions, and cinematography. It's not something you can watch after a big dinner, or you'll be drooling into the couch cushions. But 41 years later, though, it's still a marvel. And what a cast! Peter O'Toole, Katherine Hepburn, Anthony Hopkins, Timothy Dalton (looking eerily ageless), and Nigel Terry are all terrific. Netflix it, if somehow you've never seen it.
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