The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933)
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Release Date: Sep 21, 1933 Wide
Average Rating: 3.5/5
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Charles Laughton became an international star by chewing both mutton and scenes in his Oscar-winning turn as King Henry VIII. Alexander Korda's British super-production also put the British cinema on the map, which, until this film, received precious little respect in the international film community. The film, with tongue planted firmly in cheek, details the private life of the famous British monarch. His first wife, Catherine of Aragon, is barely mentioned -- explained away by a prologue which
Sep 21, 1933 Wide
Jan 23, 2003
Anne of Cleves
Henry's Old Nurse
Archbishop Thomas Cr...
Duke of Cleves
Duke of Norfolk
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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
Charles Laughton, who wa sonly 33 but looked older, won the Best Actor Oscar for playing the titular role with such bravado.
The film's most famous bit involves Laughton eating a chicken with a primal gusto that clearly defines King Henry's character as a gluttonous man devouring whatever is put before him.
Korda and his humorists make sure the usual biopic solemnity is not part of this royal court
... an illusion of grand production values and produced and released... with a mix of high culture and popular showmanship.
Laughton's definitive performance is reason to see this elaborate costume drama.
Sometimes stiff but fascinating biopic
It ain't history, but it's hugely entertaining.
Educational and hilarious. The quintessential Laughton role!
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