1 August 2020 | MartinHafer
All sorts of intrigue AND a woman out of time in 11th century England....and it's STILL pretty dull!
I am sure a lot of folks watch "Lady Godiva of Coventry" just to see how much skin they'll see in the movie. But this was made in 1955...so this is NOT a good reason to see the film. Is there another compelling reason to see this picture? Not really.
The story of Lady Godiva and her famous nude ride through town is a myth, and they chose to place the story in the mid-11th century, during the period when English king Edward the Confessor reigned. This was just before the Norman Invasion and the country is ruled by Saxons...but soon will be ruled by the western French invaders following the Battle of Hastings. All sorts of intrigue involving Normans and Saxons fill the story...most of which I honestly didn't care about one way or the other. After all, the serfs would still be serfs and life would generally suck either way.
One of the Saxon lords who is afraid of a Norman invasion is Lord Leofric (George Nader...who is practically unrecognizable under a blond wig). He is a grouchy sort (as are MOST of the royals in this movie) and is so busy hating and feuding with his neighboring Saxon lords. So, in essence, Leofric just seems mad all the time. He drops the grouchy goth persona long enough to marry a lovely local Saxon girl, Godiva (Maureen O'Hara) but is soon back to his Mr. Cranky personality. She constantly is at odds with her new husband and she is one spunky lady...married to a super-grouch. So how does all this result in Godiva taking her famous nekkid ride? See the film and find out...though, frankly, there isn't any payoff and the road there is bumpy and dull!
I am not a huge fan of costumers. But making one about this period or the period immediately after COULD have been exciting. After all, I love "Ivanhoe" and "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (both set in 12th century England). But "Lady Godiva of Coventry" is too full of angry, grouchy people and not much payoff otherwise. Nice music, nice color...but not much else. I particularly felt bad for Nader who looks ridiculous AND was given a script that made him look like a real putz. Easy to skip, hard to love....but if you actually DO see the film, notice what happened to Peeping Tom near the end! The only interesting thing I noticed in the film!