The Private Life of Henry VIII The Private Life of Henry VIII
  • United Kingdom
  • 1933
  • 96 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
  •  

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.

Cast

Henry VIIICharles Laughton
Thomas CulpeperRobert Donat
Thomas CromwellFranklin Dyall
Anne Boleyn, the second wifeMerle Oberon
Jane Seymour, the third wifeWendy Barrie
Anne of Cleves, the fourth wifeElsa Lanchester
Katherine Howard, the fifth wifeBinnie Barnes
Katherine Parr, the sixth wifeEverley Gregg
The King’s NurseLady Tree

Credits

DirectorAlexander Korda
Story and dialogueLajos Biro and Arthur Wimperis
ScenarioArthur Wimperis
CinematographyGeorges Périnal
EditingStephen Harrison
Settings designed byVincent Korda
MusicKurt Schroeder
CostumesJohn Armstrong

Film Essays

Eclipse Series 16: Alexander Korda’s Private Lives

By Michael Koresky May 13, 2009

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 »

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PRESS NOTES: OF KINGS AND QUEENS

May 27, 2009

Critics writing about our new Eclipse Series 16, Alexander Korda’s Private Lives, seem to have felt compelled to pick their favorites—and, interestingly, they run the gamut. Turner Classic . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Eclipse Series 16: Alexander Korda’s Private Lives

By Michael Koresky May 13, 2009

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 »


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DONAT GETS LEGEND TREATMENT

April 28, 2009

For his ongoing series “Philip French’s Screen Legends,” begun in January 2008 on the Guardian’s website, the British film critic has been profiling the “great actors in film, choosing their key . . . Read more »


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Charles Laughton: Size Matters

By Graham Fuller February 22, 2009

“Let me have men about me that are fat.” —Julius Caesar, act 1, scene 2 Just as Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe admired small, brave men who stick to their principles, I like—in the movies at . . . Read more »

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