But you really have to wonder why. With his weight-gain and six wives, Henry would have provided boundless tabloid fodder. Of those six wives, Anne Boleyn, number two, remains the most fascinating.
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Their romance was so passionate it changed the course of English history. The king was tall over six feet , athletic and a keen sportsman.
He hunted and loved to dance. Henry also lived the life of the mind — interested in books, the arts and languages, and he could play many instruments. Although not beautiful in accordance with the blonde Tudor ideal, she was exotic, with dark hair and olive skin. Anne was also far more sophisticated than her English counterparts. After seven years as a lady-in-waiting to Queen Claude in the French royal court, Anne was cultured.
She was skilled at dancing, singing and flirting — it was said she could captivate with a glance. But Anne was also clever and curious, and Henry was seduced as much by her mind as her body.
Anne first joined the English court in upon her return from France. It took four years for Henry to notice her among the other women, in part because he was busy having an affair with her older sister, Mary. But when Henry discovered Anne, he fell hard and pursued her for over a year before she reciprocated.
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Nov 7, Full Review…. Oct 23, Full Review…. View All Critic Reviews Feb 11, It is ironic that this was considered to be Laughton's star turn because it is probably one of the worst performances that I have seen him in. This Henry is the stereotyped one and not the one played with nuance.
For that reason, this picture never grows to the extent that it could. John B Super Reviewer. Jul 01, Henry VIII is an interesting historical character. His Private life is the most fascinating part about him.
And this was after watching Wedding Rehearsal. I understand this was back in the s, but I would've wished for the film to be more risky. It was just a regular historical movie that one would watch ten minutes of in a history class. The scenery worked well, but nothing this film could do was enough to draw me in. Charles Laughton was a perfect Henry VIII to be fair, and despite only seeing a couple of his works, his becoming a favorite actor of the era.
Daniel D Super Reviewer. Oct 11, Henry VIII, a gigantic, gloating personality, marries multiple women and wrestles members of his court all while chewing on a turkey leg. His larger-than-life personality and gloating arrogance chew the scenery, just as I imagined the real Henry to be. He's garrulous and captivating, and Laughton plays him perfectly. After all, the film begins with the execution of Anne Boleyn, so we miss Katherine of Aragon entirely and the infidelity that gave rise to Henry's break with Rome.
The Reformation, the civil war with Scotland, and Henry's military victory in France all go by the wayside, and the film suffers for it. Overall, I love the character Laughton creates, but I only wish the film had included more of the events perpetrated by this fascinating historical figure. Jim H Super Reviewer. Oct 17, The film is a tongue in cheek display of the private life of the British King and being so, is often very humorous and yet still quite serious as people lose their lives fairly often.
Once we are introduced to King Henry VIII we are told of his first wife who isn't seen because she was "too respectable to be included", and then we dive into his second marriage or I should say the end of his second marriage.
We then proceed through the other of his six wives and the resulting impact each has, not just on the King himself but the whole of the court and the country. This is a very captivating film that is simple yet effective and really established Charles Laughton's international stardom and jump started his prolific career. A wonderful British piece! Chris B Super Reviewer. See all Audience reviews. There are no approved quotes yet for this movie. Best of Netflix. Go back. More trailers. The Bachelorette. Years and Years. Grand Hotel. The Hills: New Beginnings.
The Code. No Score Yet. American Dad! People Magazine Investigates: Cults. Any indiscretions — alleged or otherwise — had to be dealt with severely. For a queen, there was an etiquette to navigate between being attractive to courtiers, but definitely not available to them. Both Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard fell foul of this and were executed because of their extra-marital activities.
She was accused of not only being unfaithful with other members of court but also her own brother in an apparently desperate attempt to produce a male heir.
She denied the accusations to the end. She was beheaded at the Tower of London in A short film looking at what historical sources can reveal about Elizabeth I's personalty. A short film, presented by David Olusoga, which explores the lives of some of the hundreds of Black migrants who were in England during the Tudor period.
The legacy of this brutal conquest - the last time England was successfully invaded — pervades many aspects of our language and culture today. A mother to a prince A male heir was crucial to continuing the royal line and securing the kingdom.
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