Anne Of The Thousand Days (1969)

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 .  

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.

Academy Award:  Best Costume Design
Nominations: Best Picture; Best Actor (Richard Burton); Best Actress (Genevieve Bujold); Best Supporting Actor (Anthony Quayle); Best Adapted Screenplay; Best Cinematography; Best Art Direction; Best Sound; Best Original Score for a Motion Picture-non-musical

Golden Globe Awards:  Best Picture-Drama; Best Actress-Drama (Genevieve Bujold); Best Director (Charles Jarrott); Best Screenplay
Nominations: Best Actor-Drama (Richard Burton); Best Supporting Actor (Anthony Quayle)

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