Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933)

Charles Laughton won the best actor award for playing the oft-married king. He is almost a dead-ringer for the most famous portrait of the king and does an excellent job of capturing his legendary essence.

The film is only 97 minutes and definitely rushes along. Catherine of Arragon (wife #1) is skipped altogether. She is given only a sentence saying Henry divorced her for being noble (not mentioning the lack of a male heir). It then jumps all the way to preparation for Anne Boleyn's (wife #2) execution.

The middle is solid before they fly through at the end again not even following through to Henry's death while still married to wife #6. Not a bad movie, but there better versions of this story out there (A Man for All Seasons comes to mind - best picture winner 1966).

96 to go...

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