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Anthony Harvey
Director, The Lion in Winter (1968)
Add to this the weightily inept direction of Anthony Harvey (remembered would that he were not for Dutchman), which mistakes boom-and-zoom-happy camera histrionics for liveliness and imagination. A typical sequence has Henry rattling up to the battlements of Chinon Castle, only to crumple there as the camera rises and rises to show us the king pitifully small from its eagle's-eye view. Simultaneously, John Barry's abominable score (a kind of Roseland Ballroom version of the Te Deum, complete with heavenly choir) soars to a pious crescendo, completing the image of man's puniness, especially when he gets involved in a film like this one.
(John Simon, National Review)
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