The tragic story of the second wife of England’s Henry VIII is given a first-class treatment by Lubitsch, complete with opulent sets and some beautifully-shot exterior sequences. Henny Porten (KOHLHIESEL’S DAUGHTER, BACKSTAIRS) gives a memorable performance as Boleyn, but the film really belongs to Emil Jannings (THE LAST LAUGH), one of Germany’s greatest screen stars, playing Henry. Jannings’s bravura performance conveys Henry’s decadence through his insatiable appetite for both food and women, but never reduces him to caricature or pure villain. Jannings also establishes the screen model for Henry that would be further developed by Charles Laughton almost fifteen years later in THE PRIVATE LIFE OF HENRY THE VIII.
Cast & Crew
- Ferdinand von Alten - Mark Smeaton
- Aud Egede-Nissen - Jane Seymour
- Ludwig Hartau - Duke of Norfolk
- Paul Hartmann - Sir Henry Norris
- Emil Jannings - Henry VIII
- Adolf Klein - Cardinal Wolsey
- Hilde Müller - Princess Marie
- Hedwig Pauly-Winterstein - Queen Catherine
- Henny Porten - Anna Boleyn
- Maria Reisenhofer - Lady Rochford
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for those who like costume dramas
There is a great deal of liberty taken by the producer and director in this movie. But they have overcome that with excellent attention to details. The actors do an extraordinary job with their roles. Good movie! The only real flaw to this movie is that the stream was lost at the last few minutes!!