Anne Of The Thousand Days

CHARLES JARROTT

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom, 1969.  Hal Wallis Productions.  Screenplay by , , adaptation by , based on the play by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1969.  Golden Globe Awards 1969.  

King Henry VIII () risks the dangerous anger of the Vatican when he forms the Church of England in order to obtain a divorce from his wife, Catherine of Aragon (). Motivating him is a romance between himself and Anne Boleyn (), and he believes that marrying her will help him forget his stale, son-less marriage to Catherine and give him the male heir he so desires. The acting in this very plush drama is especially good, particularly in scenes where a young, vibrant Bujold gets to shine. The rest of it, however, is a glossy soap opera that doesn’t have the deft wit of The Private Lives of Henry VIII or the nasty bite that later Tudor England/Elizabethan dramas would feature that would make them so enjoyable.

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