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Still from The Adventures of Robin Hood

In conjunction with the kid-friendly exhibition The Medieval Scriptorium, this film series offered two weekends of classic movie matinees.

In these movies, chivalrous heroes, comely maids, and dastardly villains storm the castles, joust upon horseback, and romance the fairest in the land. King Arthur, Lancelot, Robin Hood, Guinevere, Marian and others battle their foes Prince John, Sir Guy, and Mordred to delight audiences both young and old.

Still from Camelot


Date: Saturday, December 5, 2009
Time: 1:00 p.m.

(1967, 179 min., 35 mm, rated G)
Directed by Joshua Logan

Camelot is modeled on MGM's earlier extravagant musicals, yet integrates elements of trendy '60s London and the melancholy of the recent Kennedy era. The movie features two icons of the period—Vanessa Redgrave and Richard Harris—along with the timeless music of Lerner and Lowe, best captured in the haunting title song "If Ever I Would Leave You" and the charming ballad "What Do The Simple Folk Do?"

Still from Ivanhoe


Date: Sunday, December 6, 2009
Time: 1:00 p.m.

(1952, 106 min., 35 mm, not rated)
Directed by Richard Thorpe

In MGM's hands, Sir Walter Scott's epic novel becomes a tremendously entertaining film with thrillingly colorful tournaments and duels. Ivanhoe is also a heartfelt lesson in tolerance that does not shy away from critiquing the anti-Semitism of medieval England. Here the brave Ivanhoe (Robert Taylor) must raise the ransom to free King Richard and save England from the hands of Richard's evil brother, John. Aiding in Ivanhoe's quest are Rebecca (Elizabeth Taylor) and Ivanhoe's true love, Rowena (Joan Fontaine).

Poster for The Adventures of Robin Hood

The Adventures of Robin Hood

Date: Saturday, January 23, 2010
Time: 1:00 p.m.

(1938, 102 min., 35 mm, rated PG)
Directed by Michael Curtiz

Get thee to this screening to see how they made 'em in the heyday of Hollywood!

Sometimes all the elements in a film just meld perfectly—and so it is with this classic tale of the lad from Sherwood and his Merry Men. Errol Flynn is the quintessential Robin and the consummate action hero: dashing, fearless, witty, and moralistic.

A Saturday matinee dream!

Still from Knights of the Round Table

Knights of the Round Table

Date: Sunday, January 24, 2010
Time: 1:00 p.m.

(1954, 115 min., 35 mm, not rated)
Directed by Richard Thorpe

MGM spared no expense on this film, its first venture in widescreen CinemaScope. Shot in brilliant Technicolor on location in England and Ireland, the film is a vintage '50s retelling of the Arthurian legend starring great stars of the day: Mel Ferrar as the seriously good Arthur, Robert Taylor as the handsome, macho Lancelot, and Ava Gardner as the spectacular Guinevere.

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