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Private Life Of Henry VIII

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Tookey's Rating
9 /10
Average Rating
8.47 /10
Charles Laughton , Merle Oberon, Binnie Barnes
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Directed by: Alexander Korda
Written by: Lajos Biro, Arthur Wimperis

Released: 1933
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: GB
Colour: BW
Length: 96

Henry VIII (Charles Laughton) marries... and marries.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Alexander Kordaís cheerfully muckraking, irreverent, historically inaccurate biopic has achieved classic status - mainly thanks to Laughtonís charismatic, Oscar-winning performance, one of the most fondly remembered in cinema. The odd musty joke doesnít spoil the wit of Arthur Wimperis and Lajos Birosís screenplay. Elsa Lanchester, Laughtonís real-life wife, is outstanding as the ugly Anne of Cleves, especially in the card-playing scene. It was voted third-best film of the year on The Film Dailyís annual poll of US film critics (Cavalcade was first, 42nd Street second). It cost only ?60,000 to produce.

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