movie film review | chris tookey
 
     
     
 

Private Life Of Henry VIII


© Unknown - all rights reserved
     
  Private Life Of Henry VIII Review
Tookey's Rating
9 /10
 
Average Rating
8.47 /10
 
Starring
Charles Laughton , Merle Oberon, Binnie Barnes
Full Cast >
 

Directed by: Alexander Korda
Written by: Lajos Biro, Arthur Wimperis

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


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

Bookmark and Share

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.


Key to Symbols