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Encyclopedia > The Private Life of Henry VIII
The Private Life of Henry VIII
Directed by Alexander Korda
Produced by Alexander Korda
Written by Lajos Biró
Arthur Wimperis
Starring Charles Laughton
Robert Donat
Merle Oberon
Elsa Lanchester
Franklin Dyall
Miles Mander
Release date(s) August 17, 1933
Running time 97 min
Language English
IMDb profile

The Private Life of Henry VIII is a 1933 film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. It was written by Lajos Biró and Arthur Wimperis, and directed by Sir Alexander Korda. Image File history File links Henry_VIII_movieposter. ... Sir Alexander Korda (September 16, 1893 - January 23, 1956) was a film director and producer, a leading figure in the British film industry and the founder of London Films. ... Sir Alexander Korda (September 16, 1893 - January 23, 1956) was a film director and producer, a leading figure in the British film industry and the founder of London Films. ... Lajos Biró (born Lajos Blau) (August 22, 1880 - September 9, 1948) was a Hungarian novelist, playwright, and screenwriter who wrote many films from the early 1920s through the late 1940s. ... Charles Laughton (1 July 1899 – 15 December 1962) was an English stage and film actor. ... Friedrich Robert Donath (March 18, 1905 – June 9, 1958), better known by his stage name Robert Donat, was a distinguished English film and stage actor of English, Polish and German descent. ... Actress Merle Oberon in Berlin Express (1948) Merle Oberon (February 19, 1911 – November 23, 1979), born Estelle Merle OBrien Thompson, was a film actress, known for her sultry looks. ... Lanchester in Naughty Marietta Elsa Lanchester (October 28, 1902 - December 26, 1986 in Woodland Hills, California) was an Oscar-nominated English/American character actress. ... Miles Mander (May 14, 1888–February 8, 1946), born Lionel Henry Mander (and sometimes credited as Luther Miles), was a well-known and versatile English character actor of the early Hollywood cinema, also a film director and producer, and a playwright and novelist. ... August 17 is the 229th day of the year (230th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... See also: 1932 in film 1933 1934 in film 1930s in film years in film film // Events British Film Institute founded. ... // The Academy Award for Best Motion Picture is one of the Academy Awards, awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which are voted on by others within the industry. ... Lajos Biró (born Lajos Blau) (August 22, 1880 - September 9, 1948) was a Hungarian novelist, playwright, and screenwriter who wrote many films from the early 1920s through the late 1940s. ... Sir Alexander Korda (September 16, 1893 - January 23, 1956) was a film director and producer, a leading figure in the British film industry and the founder of London Films. ...


It was the first British film to be nominated for the Academy Award for best picture. Charles Laughton won the 1933 Academy Award as Best Actor for his performance as Henry. Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... Charles Laughton (1 July 1899 – 15 December 1962) was an English stage and film actor. ... The Academy Award for Best Actor is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ...


Storyline and inspiration

The film began in May 1536, contrasting the impending execution of Henry's second wife, Anne Boleyn (Merle Oberon), with his instant remarriage to her maid, the kind-hearted Jane Seymour (Wendy Barrie). The inspiration for this scene clearly came from the English historian, Agnes Strickland, who had vigorously criticised Henry and Jane for their treatment of the historical Anne. Events February 2 - Spaniard Pedro de Mendoza founds Buenos Aires, Argentina. ... A portrait of Anne Boleyn painted some years after her death. ... Actress Merle Oberon in Berlin Express (1948) Merle Oberon (February 19, 1911 – November 23, 1979), born Estelle Merle OBrien Thompson, was a film actress, known for her sultry looks. ... Jane Seymour is also the stage name of a popular actress. ... Wendy Barrie Wendy Barrie (April 18, 1912 – February 2, 1978) was a Hong Kong-born actress who worked in British and Hollywood films. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2005 est. ... Agnes Strickland (1796/1806 - 1874) was an English historical writer. ...


After Anne's execution, Henry (played by Charles Laughton), is married briefly to Queen Jane before her death in childbed eighteen months later. He is then remarried to a German princess, Anne of Cleves, played on-screen by Laughton's real-life wife Elsa Lanchester. This marriage ends in divorce when Anne deliberately makes herself unattractive so that she can be free to re-marry her sweetheart. After this divorce, Henry marries the beautiful and ambitious Lady Catherine Howard (Binnie Barnes). She has rejected love all her life in favour of ambition, but after her marriage she falls in love with Henry's handsome servant Thomas Culpepper (Robert Donat). Their adultery is never mentioned by name in the film, since American censors objected to it. In any case, their liaison is discovered by Henry's advisers and the couple are executed. Henry's final marriage to Catherine Parr receives less than five minutes of screentime. Charles Laughton (1 July 1899 – 15 December 1962) was an English stage and film actor. ... Jane Seymour was strict and formal compared to her flamboyant predecessor, Anne Boleyn. ... Anne of Cleves, painted by Hans Holbein the Younger Queen Anne of England née Anne of Cleves (September 22, 1515–July 16, 1557) also known as The Flanders Mare (see below)—was the fourth queen consort of Henry VIII of England from January 6, 1540 to July 9, 1540. ... Lanchester in Naughty Marietta Elsa Lanchester (October 28, 1902 - December 26, 1986 in Woodland Hills, California) was an Oscar-nominated English/American character actress. ... Anne of Cleves, painted by Hans Holbein the Younger Queen Anne of England née Anne of Cleves (September 22, 1515–July 16, 1557) also known as The Flanders Mare (see below)—was the fourth queen consort of Henry VIII of England from January 6, 1540 to July 9, 1540. ... Miniature watercolour portrait of Catherine Howard, attributed to Hans Holbein the Younger. ... Thomas Culpeper (ex. ... Friedrich Robert Donath (March 18, 1905 – June 9, 1958), better known by his stage name Robert Donat, was a distinguished English film and stage actor of English, Polish and German descent. ... 70. ...


Historically, the film is wildly inaccurate - with the possible exception of the Anne Boleyn storyline at the beginning. Its presentation of the characters of Jane Seymour and Catherine Howard in particular are not true to fact. Nor does it portray Henry's first (and longest) marriage to the Spanish princess, Catherine of Aragon. It is famous for creating the public image of a jolly Henry VIII who gorged himself at public banquets and chased pretty women all day, which has tended to obscure the king's real-life brutality. A portrait of Anne Boleyn painted some years after her death. ... Jane Seymour is also the stage name of a popular actress. ... Miniature watercolour portrait of Catherine Howard, attributed to Hans Holbein the Younger. ... The recently-widowed young Catherine of Aragon, by Henry VIIs court painter, Michael Sittow, c. ... For the play, see Henry VIII (play). ...


It was hugely successful as a commercial film and it advanced Alexander Korda and Charles Laughton's careers. It was Merle Oberon's first major film role and it began her rise to Hollywood stardom. Laughton would later reprise his role as Henry VIII in 1953 in the film Young Bess opposite Jean Simmons as a young Elizabeth I. No feature-length film dealt with all of Henry's wives until Henry VIII and his Six Wives in 1973. This film portrayed all of Henry's queens (including Catherine of Aragon.) This later movie starred Keith Michell, Charlotte Rampling, Jane Asher, Lynne Frederick and Brian Blessed. Sir Alexander Korda (September 16, 1893 - January 23, 1956) was a film director and producer, a leading figure in the British film industry and the founder of London Films. ... Charles Laughton (1 July 1899 – 15 December 1962) was an English stage and film actor. ... Actress Merle Oberon in Berlin Express (1948) Merle Oberon (February 19, 1911 – November 23, 1979), born Estelle Merle OBrien Thompson, was a film actress, known for her sultry looks. ... ... For the play, see Henry VIII (play). ... 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... Young Bess is a 1953 film about the early career of Queen Elizabeth I of England. ... Robert Mitchum and Jean Simmons in Angel Face Jean Merilyn Simmons (born January 31, 1929 in Crouch Hill, London, England, United Kingdom) is a British actress. ... Elizabeth I (7 September 1533 – 24 March 1603) was Queen of England, Queen of France (in name only), and Queen of Ireland from 17 November 1558 until her death. ... Henry VIII and His Six Wives (1972) is the only feature-length film to deal with all six of King Henry VIIIs wives (other television movies have divided the story up into two or six parts. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... The recently-widowed young Catherine of Aragon, by Henry VIIs court painter, Michael Sittow, c. ... Keith Michell (born 1 December 1928) is an Australian actor and producer. ... Rampling modeling on a Mickey Spillane book cover, 1972. ... Jane Asher (born April 5, 1946) is a British film and television actress and the author of several full-length novels. ... Lynne Frederick (July 25, 1954 – April 27, 1994) was a British actress. ... Brian Blessed (pronounced //, or in the tradition of English poetry, Blessèd, born October 9, 1937) is an English actor, who came to fame as PC Fancy Smith in the BBC TV police drama series Z Cars. ...


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Henry VIII: Biography and Much More from Answers.com (7557 words)
Henry VIII (28 June 1491–28 January 1547) was King of England and Lord of Ireland (later King of Ireland) from 22 April 1509 until his death.
Henry VIII was also involved in the construction-from-scratch and improvement of several significant buildings, including Nonsuch Palace, King's College Chapel in Cambridge and Westminster Abbey in London - the existing buildings improved were often properties confiscated from Wolsey (such as Christ Church, Oxford, Hampton Court Palace, palace of Whitehall) and Trinity College, Cambridge.
Born at the Palace of Placentia at Greenwich, Henry VIII was the third child of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York.
Historical Figures - Henry VIII (1007 words)
Henry VIII (June 28, 1491 - January 28, 1547) was King of England from April 22 (crowned on June 24), 1509 until his death on January 28, 1547.
Henry VIII greatly improved English seapower, establishing dockyards at Woolwich and Deptford on the River Thames in south-east London, and instituting an efficient navy.
Henry died in 1547 (on the exact 90th anniversary of his father's birth) at Whitehall in London and was buried at Windsor.
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