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“A sometimes puzzling but always entertaining combination of the dramatic, comedic and raunchy. Nonetheless a very good collection of historical films.”
The film was a commercial success. It made Alexander Korda a premier figure in the film industry at the time; United Artists signed Korda for 16 films. It also advanced the careers of Charles Laughton, Robert Donat, and Merle Oberon. It was also Oberon's first major film role. Laughton would later reprise the same role in 1953 in the film Young Bess, opposite Jean Simmons as his daughter, Elizabeth.
Henry VIII displays many of the best qualities of Korda's vision, as well as many of its flaws. Brilliantly performed, beautifully designed and endlessly entertaining, it is a model of the intelligence and good taste with which Korda and London Films would be associated. At the same time, it is unashamedly shallow, while as a historical record it is no more 'true' than, say, Carry On Henry (d. Gerald Thomas, 1971).
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The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933)Director: Alexander KordaEntertainment grade: B+History grade: C
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This film was the first non-Hollywood film to win an Academy Award, as Charles Laughton won the 1933 Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance. The film was the first British production to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.
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Korda directed the film himself, recruiting an impressive cast, including his future wife Merle Oberon, the gifted comic actress Elsa Lanchester (Mrs Charles Laughton since 1929) and Robert Donat.
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... an illusion of grand production values and produced and released... with a mix of high culture and popular showmanship.
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THE PRIVATE LIFE OF HENRY VIII: GRAND DESIGNS Alexander Korda’s oeuvre is often characterized as larger-than-life, undoubtedly in part because the figures he was attracted to—kings and queens, . . . Read more »
This movie tells the story of King Henry VIII and the last five of his six wives. Set almost entirely within the royal castle, it begins just before the death of his second wife (Anne Boleyn) and ends just after his sixth wedding (to Catherine or Katherine Parr). Written by Anonymous
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The Private Life of Henry VIII is a 1933 British film, directed and co-produced by Alexander Korda and starring Charles Laughton, Robert Donat, Merle Oberon and Elsa Lanchester. The film focuses on the marriages of King Henry VIII of England. It was written by Lajos Bíró and Arthur Wimperis for London Film Productions, Korda's production company. The film was a major international success, establishing Korda as a leading filmmaker and Laughton as a box office star.
Director Alexander Korda is the chief beneficiary of Laughton's larger-than-life performance, as his conservative helmsmanship fails to provide the film with a distinctly personal stamp
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“the bros. korda made some real gems. they really played w. the bio-pic, too. these movies remain cheeky, smart, swashbuckling, & moving when needbe.”
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The Private Life of Henry VIII was the first British film to be a hit in the United States, and it was a good thing it was - as Lajos Biró commented, "Korda had put his shirt, coat, hat, and everything he had on Henry. If it had failed, he would have been cleaned out". The film's success, however, proved hard to recapture. For all of Korda's efforts, no other London Films release was to make a comparable impact in America.
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Charles Laughton and Binnie Barnes in The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933).
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Though not totally historically accurate, the portrayal of the king in this rambunctious 1933 release by Charles Laughton is the culturally definitive version, inspiring countless imitations
Charles Laughton gulps beer and chomps on mutton, in his first of many iconic screen roles, as King Henry VIII, the ultimate anti-husband. Alexander Korda’s first major international success is a raucous, entertaining, even poignant peek into the boudoirs of the infamous king and his six wives.
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It was the 12th most successful film at the US box office in 1933. The film premiered to record-breaking crowds at New York's Radio City Music Hall and London's Leicester Square Theatre (now the Odeon West End), running for nine weeks at the latter venue from 27 October 1933. It earned rentals of £500,000 on its first release.
Charles Laughton, who wa sonly 33 but looked older, won the Best Actor Oscar for playing the titular role with such bravado.
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