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Friday, March 16, 2007

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Posted By on Fri, Mar 16, 2007 at 8:02 AM

Arkansas Democrat Gazette Film Critic Philip Martin dedicates his "On Film" column to "Becket" the restored Peter O'Toole film also starring Richard Burton.  " . . . I'll probably see it this weekend, on the big screen, the way it ought to be seen.  Maybe you will join me." 

The film is showing at Market Street Cinema and opens today.  According to the original New York Times review in 1964: " . . . Furthermore, this magnificent picture, which America's Hal Wallis has produced and Britain's Peter Glenville has directed, and which opened last night at Loew's State, lays out an agonizing drama of conflict between two men that seems to be making us privy to a very intimate episode in English history.  It is, of course, the conflict between King Henry II and his former chancellor and friend, Thomas Becket, who became an adversary when he was consecrated Archbishop of Canterbury and took on the responsibility of defending the church against the endeavors of Henry to impose the authority of the crown. . ."

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