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Swashbuckling Days and Daring Knights
A FREE family film series

Dates: Saturdays and Sundays, December 5 & 6, 2009, and January 23 & 24, 2010
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Free; a separate reservation is required for each film.

Calling all brave knights and fair maidens! Grab your parents and get thee to the Getty for two weekends of classic movie matinees!

In conjunction with the kid-friendly exhibition The Medieval Scriptorium (on view November 24, 2009–February 14, 2010), this film series will transport you to the days of knights in shining armor.

Witness chivalrous heroes, comely maids, and dastardly villains storm the castles, joust upon horseback, and romance the fairest in the land!

Step back in time as King Arthur, Lancelot, Robin Hood, Guinevere, Marian and others battle their foes Prince John, Sir Guy, and Mordred in classic movies that have long delighted audiences both young and old.

Camelot: December 5, 1:00 p.m.

Ivanhoe: December 6, 1:00 p.m.

The Adventures of Robin Hood: January 23, 1:00 p.m.

Knights of the Round Table: January 24, 1:00 p.m.

Poster for Ivanhoe


Saturday, December 5, 1:00 p.m.

(1967, 179 min., 35 mm, color, 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 Camelot

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Sunday, December 6, 1:00 p.m.

(1952, 106 min., 35 mm, color, 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. The film 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).

Still from Ivanhoe

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The Adventures of Robin Hood

Saturday, January 23, 1:00 p.m.

(1938, 102 min., 35 mm, color, 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 Hood and the consummate action hero: dashing, fearless, witty, and moralistic. A Saturday matinee dream, in Technicolor.

Still from The Adventures of Robin Hood

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Knights of the Round Table

Sunday, January 24, 1:00 p.m.

(1954, 115 min., 35 mm, color, 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.

Still from Knights of the Round Table

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How to Get Here
The Getty Center is located at 1200 Getty Center Drive in Los Angeles, California, approximately 12 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for maps and driving directions.

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All film stills courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.