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The Art of Costume Dramas
To coincide with the exhibition Illuminating Fashion: Dress in the Art of Medieval France and the Netherlands, the Morgan is screening a series of classic period dramas that sumptuously illustrate the fashion of the eras in which they are set.

(1964, 148 minutes)
Director: Peter Glenville

Set during the late twelfth-century, this drama focuses on the long and often tumultuous friendship between King Henry II of England (Peter O'Toole) and Thomas Becket (Richard Burton), from their days of friendly carousing to Henry's appointment of Becket as Archbishop of Canterbury and the ensuing struggle between the church and crown. Winner of an Academy Award for Best Screenplay, the film also stars John Gielgud, Gino Cervi, Paolo Stoppa, and Pamela Brown.

Friday, June 10, 2011, 7 p.m.

Films are free. Tickets are available at the Admission Desk on the day of the screening. Advance reservations for Morgan Members only: 212.685.0008, ext. 560, or

Please call (212) 685-0008 ext. 560 or e-mail for information.

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The programs of The Morgan Library & Museum are made possible with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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