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The Private Life of Henry VIII Poster
Released Runtime Category
1933 97 Drama, Romance
Director Language
Alexander Korda English
Binnie Barnes, Merle Oberon, Charles Laughton, Robert Donat

The Private Life of Henry VIII

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What's it About
In this cheeky look at the controversial life and loves of King Henry VIII, Charles Laughton portrays the over-indulgent monarch, who challenged church doctrine by marrying not once but six times. From Anne Boleyn to Anne of Cleves, Henry proves himself to be a haughty conqueror of women, and quite enamored of his power — at least until he meets his match.
Why we love it
Henry VIII's unusual life has been covered in many films, but this lavish early depiction has its own magic, primarily owing to Laughton's dynamic, Oscar-winning portrayal in a role he was born to play. Laughton is ably supported by a dashing Robert Donat as Henry's cuckolding subject, and the dark and stunning Merle Oberon as the endearingly dim-witted Boleyn.

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