Keenly self-aware and motivated as much by spite as by any sense of duty, Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine maneuver against each other to position their favorite son in line for succession. By imagining the inner lives of Henry, Eleanor, and their sons, John, Geoffrey, and Richard, Goldman created the quintessential drama of family strife and competing ambitions, a work that gives visceral, modern-day relevance to the intrigues of Angevin England.Combining keen historical and psychological insight with delicious, mordant wit, the stage play has become a touchstone of today's theater scene, and Goldman's screenplay for the 1968 film adaptation won him an Academy Award.
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"[A] classic tale of deep family dysfunction and Machiavelli-level intrigue....Witty and wrenching, full of dagger-sharp quips and veiled motives." (The Boston Globe)
I had thought that this play was so well-written that any reading would be wonderful.... I was wrong. This recording cannot begin to compare to Peter O'Toole's and Katherine Hepburn's Henry and Eleanor. What particularly hurt this recording was Eleanor's timing - so much was missed.
I'm a bibliophile, obviously! My specific interests are historical fiction and sci-fi fantasy. I love to escape with a book!
This dramatization of the play was well done, made me wish I were seeing it rather than just hearing it.
There were several witty quotes, my favorite being "I'm villifying you for God's sake, pay attention."
The different actors helped to give each character depth, and brought some of the history into the story.
And you thought your family was bad!
Dramatization is not my favorite medium, but this was well done.
"A Lion of a Drama"
An absolutely superb rendition of Goldman's historic yet prescient play with cutting wit and intrigue
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