It was as clear in 1968 as it is now that Faces is by far the more daring and original work of art. The Lion in Winter, however, recovered from Schickel’s disdain to perform well at the box office, win three Oscars, and become a holiday favorite, a prime entry in the ever-popular “Dysfunctional Families” category. People, or deadwood if you prefer, stubbornly continue to love it, and I am one of them. For connoisseurs of ferocious acting, there are few bigger feasts.
Farran Smith Nehme
December 22, 2016