The Private Lives Of Elizabeth And Essex (Essex And Elizabeth)

BBBB.5

(out of 5)


The volatile love affair between Queen Elizabeth I and Robert Earl of Essex in 16th-century England is the main focus of this fascinating and gorgeously shot costume drama.   gives one of her most explosive performances as the iron-fisted monarch, “a king in petticoats” as Essex () refers to her when he’s in one of his more sour moods. The two had a private love affair that few knew about, but in public their sexually-charged fights were great fodder for public digestion until she finally had to execute him for treason when he was still a young man. The gorgeous costumes by Orry-Kelly practically pop off the screen in this sumptuous affair that also features in a small role as one of Flynn’s ardent female admirers.


Warner Bros.

USA, 1939

Directed by

Screenplay by , , based on the play by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Award Nominations
Best Art Direction (Anton Grot)
Best Cinematography (Colour) (Sol Polito, W. Howard Greene)
Best Music (Scoring) (Erich Wolfgang Korngold)
Best Sound Recording (Warner Bros. Studio Sound Department, Nathan Levinson, sound director)
Best Special Effects (Byron Haskin, Nathan Levinson)

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