THE LION IN WINTER
1968, Rialto Pictures, 134 min, UK/USA, Dir: Anthony Harvey

At Christmas court in 1183, King Henry II (Peter O’Toole) argues with his estranged wife, Eleanor (Oscar winner Katharine Hepburn) over whether Prince John (Nigel Terry) or Richard the Lionheart (Anthony Hopkins in his film debut) shall inherit the throne. Complicating matters is King Philip II of France (Timothy Dalton, also his debut) who seeks his own fortune by demanding his half-sister Alais (Jane Merrow), currently Henry’s mistress, be betrothed to Richard. The most royal of the cycle of '60s films dealing with the history and palace intrigues of medieval England.


CIRCUS OF HORRORS
1960, 88 min, UK, Dir: Sidney Hayers

In this lurid British shocker, plastic surgeon Anton Diffring botches a job and flees for France, where he operates successfully on circus owner Donald Pleasence’s daughter. The doctor transforms several disfigured women into beauties to work as circus performers – but when any of them want to leave him, they suffer fatal accidents.


THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
1983, Universal, 112 min, Dir: Wilford Leach

Much of producer Joseph Papp’s 1981 Broadway cast – including Rex Smith, Linda Ronstadt and Tony winner Kevin Kline – reprise their roles in this magical big screen adaptation of the beloved Gilbert & Sullivan comic opera. Angela Lansbury joins them as Ruth, the nursemaid who entrusts Frederic (Smith) to the Pirate King (Kline) until his 21st birthday, at which point Frederic meets and falls in love with the beautiful Mabel Stanley (Ronstadt) – but leaving the Pirates of Penzance proves trickier than he anticipated.


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