June 27, 2001

American Cinematheque Presents...

An Evening With Director Ken Annakin


Special Thanks: Scott MacQueen and Howard Green at the Walt Disney Co.

Tickets available 30 days in advance.



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Director Ken Annakin remains one of British cinema’s most consistently rewarding (and underrated) talents, equally adept at epic historical films (THE LONGEST DAY, BATTLE OF THE BULGE), elaborate slapstick comedies (THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES), and robust, swashbuckling adventures (THE SWORD AND THE ROSE). Join us for a special One-Night Tribute to Ken Annakin, featuring two of his finest early films from the U.K., in gorgeous restored prints courtesy of the Walt Disney Co. – followed by a Booksigning of Annakin’s just-published autobiography, So You Wanna Be A Director? - !!

Wednesday June 27 – 7:30 PM

THE STORY OF ROBIN HOOD, 1952, Walt Disney, 83 min. Tremendously inventive and colorful re-telling of the Robin Hood legend, with athletic Richard Todd as the bandit of Sherwood Forest, and lovely Joan Rice as his childhood sweetheart, Maid Marian. Filmed in stunning 3-strip Technicolor, this ROBIN HOOD more than holds its own against the more-famous 1922 Douglas Fairbanks Sr. and 1938 Errol Flynn versions.


THE SWORD AND THE ROSE, 1953, Walt Disney, 93 min. Following the success of ROBIN HOOD, director Annakin and star Richard Todd (along with screenwriter Lawrence Watkin and art director Carmen Dillon) re-teamed for this sumptuous, 16th-century adventure involving the feisty sister of King Henry VIII (the beguiling Glynis Johns) and the dashing soldier she loves (Todd) becoming caught up in court intrigues, attempted assassinations and rousing sword duels. "Director Annakin manages to keep the film consistently arresting on a personal level ... overflowing with atmosphere, a myriad of details that combine to create a convincing portrait of Tudor England" – Leonard Maltin, The Disney Films.


Discussion and booksigning following screening with director Ken Annakin.