89 Days of Oscar Nominees – #3 – The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933)


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In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 89 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 1 Dec 2016 and The 89th Annual Oscars on 26 Feb 2017.

Here is my third review of the 89 chosen Films…


the-private-life-of-henry-viii-4c14d4e8“No, Thomas, not clever, thanks be to heaven. My first wife was clever, my second was ambitious, but my third… Thomas, if you want to be happy, marry a girl like my sweet little Jane. Marry a stupid woman! Ha ha ha… ” – King Henry VIII

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Dec 2016)

Brief Synopsis – Biopic of the life and marriages of one of the most notorious Kings of England.. Henry VIII.

My Take on it – Charles Laughton won an Oscar as Best Actor for his performance here as King Henry VIII and he is truly what makes this movie worth watching.

He has such a commanding presence and it’s believable that everyone would fear him based on his actions.

The scene with the chicken says so much more than one would expect it to because of the way he performs it.

The story itself actually feels quite tame but I think that has much more to do with the fact that the life of Henry VIII was one that couldn’t easily get past the censors of the day due to his promiscuity and known love for chasing women.

I actually wonder if this movie were to be remade today if they would be able to tell the story properly because of the ablity to say and show so much more on screen than was allowed 83 years ago.

Bottom Line – Laughton is what makes this movie worth watching.  He does a spectacular job as the King and he gives such a powerful performance and was definitely deserving of winning Best Actor for this role.  The story itself seems quite tame for the biopics that now are made because the censors wouldn’t let so much through and this was a story which really needs to be able to defy the censors.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – At the time, period films were considered to be box office poison, so Alexander Korda found it to be a real struggle raising the £60,000 necessary. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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