Medieval Institute to host film festival this weekend

Author: Julie Hail Flory

Medieval Film

The University of Notre Dame’s Medieval Institute will present its first film festival Friday to Sunday (Oct. 30 to Nov. 1), featuring four classic motion pictures with medieval settings – three that explore the lighter side of the Middle Ages and one cinematic masterpiece.

Titled “Medievalism on Film: Those Were the Days,” the festival is co-sponsored by the Medieval Institute and Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. All screenings will take place in the Browning Cinema of the performing arts center.

Ticket information is available on the Web at or by visiting or calling the center’s ticket office at 574-631-2800.

Scheduled films are:

  • “The Adventures of Robin Hood,” Friday at 6:30 p.m., directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Errol Flynn;
  • “The Court Jester,” Friday at 9:30 p.m., directed by Melvin Frank and starring Danny Kaye;
  • “Jabberwocky,” Saturday at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m., directed by Terry Gilliam; and
  • “Alexander Nevsky,” Sunday at 3 p.m., directed by Sergei Eisenstein.

Founded in 1946, the Medieval Institute coordinates the teaching and research of the largest contingent of medievalists of any North American university. Faculty and students explore together the cultures and experiences of the peoples of the Arab, Jewish, Latin and Orthodox medieval worlds. The institute sponsors lectures, conferences and publications.