The Private Life of Henry VIII. (1933)

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King Henry VIII marries five more times after his divorce from his first wife Catherine of Aragon.


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  • Charles Laughton and Robert Donat in The Private Life of Henry VIII. (1933)
  • Charles Laughton in The Private Life of Henry VIII. (1933)
  • Charles Laughton and Elsa Lanchester in The Private Life of Henry VIII. (1933)
  • Charles Laughton and Binnie Barnes in The Private Life of Henry VIII. (1933)
  • Charles Laughton and Robert Donat in The Private Life of Henry VIII. (1933)
  • Charles Laughton and Elsa Lanchester in The Private Life of Henry VIII. (1933)

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Director:

Alexander Korda

Writers:

Lajos Biró (story and dialogue), Arthur Wimperis (story and dialogue), Arthur Wimperis (scenario)

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31 January 2003 | A-No.1
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| Don't forget Elsa Lanchester
All the comments I have read about this movie have focussed on Charles Laughton and though he gives a performance that makes this film worth seeing on that basis alone, I was more struck by Elsa Lanchester and daresay that she even managed to usurp him in their scenes together. Her performance as Anne of Cleves is one that is memorably eccentric, as she plays her with a kind of flakey caginess that is funny, fascinating and original. She is also quite striking to watch and I am thankful that Bride of Frankenstein has given her a degree of cinematic immortality that might otherwise have been denied her. Returning to this film though, it is highly entertaining, though its abrupt mood shifts leave the viewer with an inconsistent impression about Henry VIII and his volatile personality, but, then again, perhaps that was the point: to show just how inconsistent a man he was in his thoughts and desires.

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