THE PRIVATE LIFE OF HENRY VIII
Sunday, February 22
(1933, Alexander Korda) Historical pageant/bedroom farce, as Laughton’s Henry (first non-Hollywood Oscar winner) romances and dispatches six wives while taking apart a capon in the classic banquet scene, plus wedding night card game with real-life wife Elsa Lanchester’s Anne of Cleves. Approx. 97 min. 35mm print courtesy BFI.
“Laughton’s most famous role and the one he put such a stamp on that every subsequent actor who played this monarch paled by comparison… Acting this rich and florid had rarely been seen on the screen before.”
– David Noh, Gay City News