The Lion, again

In the last few hours before we get on the plane, we’re watching The Lion in Winter, for the zillionth time. Among the things you learn from Anthony Harvey’s commentary:

There’s a scene near the beginning — Richard (Anthony Hopkins) has just thrown his opponent in a joust. Hopkins raises his sword over his head, about to kill the fallen enemy. His expression is incredibly intense, he’s sweating. I’d always thought of it as a brilliant bit of acting.

In point of fact, one of his arms was broken at the time.

Also: Peter O’Toole called Kate Hepburn “Nag” and she called him “Pig” throughout the filming.

I love a good DVD commentary. I think it’s a librarian geek tendency; like loving annotations or marginalia.

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