Based on the book Le Morte d'Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory, Knights of the Round Table was the first film made by M-G-M using the wide-screen process known as CinemaScope. The picture was also the first wide-screen feature film to be shot in England. Taylor never felt comfortable playing this kind of characters that he called his ''iron jockstrap'' roles, in spite of box office success. Ava Gardner didn't enjoy playing her part either. However, I can't imagine anyone better suited to interpret Lancelot and Guinevere.Robert Taylor plays the noble knight Lancelot of the Lake, who, in 6th century England, becomes the most conspicuous member of the Order of Knights of the Round Table and the best friend of the King of England Arthur Pendragon (Mel Ferrer). Thanks to Lancelot, Arthur defeats Modred (Stanley Baker), the knight champion of the Arthur's half sister Morgan LeFay (Anne Crawford), who had refused to recognize Arthur as King because she considered herself as the only legitimate offspring of the late king. But Lancelot must not only fight against the King's enemies but also against his feelings for the queen Guinevere (Ava Gardner) with whom he has fallen madly in love and who loves him too. The ambitious Modred and Morgan LeFay use their knowledge of this relationship to destroy both, the friendship between Arthur and Lancelot and the King Arthur's Round Table. One night Modred's men finds Guinevere in Lancelot's rooms and they are arrested for high treason. Lancelot fights them off and flees with Guinevere, but they are tried in absentia at the Round Table and declared guilty...
Robert Taylor ... Lancelot Ava Gardner ... Guinevere Mel Ferrer ... Arthur Anne Crawford ... Morgan Le Fay Stanley Baker ... Modred Felix Aylmer ... Merlin Maureen Swanson... Elaine Gabriel Woolf ... Percival Anthony Forwood ... Gareth Robert Urquhart ... Gawaine
The Lion in Winter is a 1968 historical costume drama made by Avco Embassy Pictures, based on the Broadway play by James Goldman. It was directed by Anthony Harvey and produced by Joseph E. Levine from Goldman's adaptation of his own play, The Lion in Winter. There was a remake in 2003.
The Lion in Winter is set during Christmas 1183, at Henry Plantagenet's château and primary residence in Chinon, Anjou, within the Angevin Empire of medieval France. Henry wants his son Prince John (1166-1216, the future King John of England 1199-1216) to inherit his throne, while his wife Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine (whom he keeps locked in Salisbury Tower) wants their son Prince Richard the Lionheart (1157-1199, the future King Richard I of England 1189-1199). Meanwhile, King Philip II of France, the son of Eleanor's ex-husband, has given his half-sister Alais, who is currently Henry's mistress, to the future heir, and demands either the wedding or the return of her dowry.
As a ruse, Henry agrees to give Alais to Richard and make him heir. He makes a side deal with Eleanor for her freedom in return for Aquitaine, to be given to John. The deal is revealed at the wedding, making Richard refuse to go through with the ceremony. Eleanor, having lost again, masochistically asks Henry to kiss Alais in front of her, and then looks on in horror as they perform a mock marriage ceremony. Having believed Henry's intentions, John, at the direction of his other brother Prince Geoffrey, Duke of Brittany (1158-1186), plots with Philip to make war on England. Henry finds out, dismisses all three sons as unsuitable, and locks them in the dungeon. He makes plans to travel to Rome for an annulment, so that he can have new sons with Alais, but she says he will never be able to release his sons from prison or they will threaten the new sons. Henry sees that she is right and condemns them to death, but cannot actually put them to death and lets them escape. He and Eleanor go back to hoping for the future.
The Lion in Winter is fictional: there was no Christmas Court at Chinon in 1183; there was a Christmas court at Caen in 1182; none of the dialogue and action is historic, though the outcomes of the characters and the background are historically accurate. In reality, Henry had many mistresses and many illegitimate children; the "Rosamund" mentioned in the film was Henry II's mistress until she died. The article on the Revolt of 1173-1174 describes the historical events leading to the play's events.
Peter O'Toole as King Henry II
Katharine Hepburn as Queen Eleanor
Anthony Hopkins as Richard the Lionheart (In his motion picture debut)
John Castle as Geoffrey
Nigel Terry as John
Timothy Dalton as King Philip II (In his motion picture debut)
It's a little bit funny this feeling inside I'm not one of those who can easily hide I don't have much money but boy if I did I'd buy a big house where we both could live If I was a sculptor, but then again, no Or a man who makes potions in a travelling show I know it's not much but it's the best I can do My gift is my song and this one's for you And you can tell everybody this is your song It may be quite simple but now that it's done I hope you don't mind I hope you don't mind that I put down in words How wonderful life is while you're in the world I sat on the roof and kicked off the moss Well a few of the verses well they've got me quite cross But the sun's been quite kind while I wrote this song It's for people like you that keep it turned on So excuse me forgetting but these things I do You see I've forgotten if they're green or they're blue Anyway the thing is what I really mean Yours are the sweetest eyes I've ever seen 艾頓·莊Elton John，1947出生，原名Reginald Kenneth Dwight， 華文傳媒喜歡戲稱其「樂壇大姑媽」；爵士，英國流行樂手、 作曲家和鋼琴家，是流行音樂史上成功的獨唱歌手。 他在1997年為紀念戴安娜王妃而錄製的Candle in the Wind為人所熟悉。