Lion in Winter and Anthony Hopkins

Hi readers.   Thanks for coming by.

I was watching one of the half-dozen movies I consider the best of the 20th Century [and this one, thus far] for the 20th time a few days ago.   Kate Hepburn as Eleanor of Aquitaine  and wossname, Peter O’Toole or someone as Henry II.    Loving every minute of it, but I was finding the guy who played Richard 1 fairly distracting.

I went back half dozen times to watch him speak, his facial features and the way he mouthed words.    Something damned familiar about him.   Out of place.

So finally I ran the credits and discovered the reason.    This was Hannibal the Cannibal from Silence of the Lamb, and various other not-too-bad movies I’d watched without recognizing it was Richard 1 I was seeing.

Well now, that was fun.   Here was young Richard before he went off crusading, becoming Lionheart, getting himself held hostage in France, Being away while his idiot brother, John, made himself the darker piece of the Robin Hood legend.

Yeah, there it all was, old Richard the Cannibal and Lackland John, a Magna Carta  looming out there a few decades away.

But that would be what?   1215 or so and those would be years with a lot of history packed inside them   Lion in Winter would be nearer 1167, 68, and all those brothers and their parents squabbling with enough venom to satisfy most purposes over who would be the heir to the throne.

Great movie.    I was trying last night to remember what the several other movies are I considered the best every…   Jeanne helped me remember a few which I’ve mostly forgotten now.     But one was The Rainmaker, with Kate Hepburn and Burt Lancaster.

Another was Doctor Strangelove, with Peter Sellers and one heck of a cast.

I’ve tried to persuade Jeanne to watch most of my favorites sometime during the almost-20 years we’ve known one another, so maybe she can add the ones I’m forgetting.

But if she can’t, you’d gift yourself a couple of hours of pleasure if you call up your library page and put Lion in Winter on hold.    Likely as not they still have a copy somewhere in their system.


Old Jules



22 responses to “Lion in Winter and Anthony Hopkins

  1. I will have to find it!

    A fun fact – in the beginning of Dr Strangelove they are flying over what became my home in 1975. It is amazing to see Destin, Florida so empty and beautifully undeveloped. I won’t go home again.

    • Won’t go home again? Trying to remember, wasn’t it Tom Wolfe who wrote

        You Cannot Go Home Again

      I’d never thought about where they filmed Strangelove. Thanks for the info. Gracias Old Jules


  2. Thanks for the reminder. I need to go through my old videotapes and re-watch this one.

  3. Hi Jules,
    Good to hear/read fromyou again, my old friend! It sure is a great movie. 🙂
    Take good care of yourself,

  4. It’s good to have you back, Jack. Other two AH gems are Dead of Night, and the much more recent Human Stain, based on Phillip Roth. Cheers

  5. We talked about Night of the Iguana, and I remember you recommending On the Waterfront, also Paint Your Wagon.

  6. I post a lot on WordPress, so when you post I’m reminded of the special feeling one gets when an old friend posts after a long pulse. At our age that makes one pulse.

  7. Missed you. It is about time you post something. Glad you are back.

  8. Jules, as far as I am concerned, you are a lion in winter. I hope you are able to enjoy a merry Christmas and a happy new year!

  9. I was doing a google search about weevils getting into oatmeal and found your blog. HAHAHAHA. now you’re book marked .

  10. Miss you Jules!

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