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Alexander Korda

The Private Life of Henry VIII

Charles Laughton won the Best Actor Oscar® for his performance as the notorious and lusty monarch.

Image from The Private Life of Henry VIII

UK 1933
Dir Alexander Korda
With Charles Laughton, Merle Oberon, Robert Donat, Miles Mander
94min
Digital 4K (newly restored by the BFI)
Certificate U

The first British film to garner an Oscar®, The Private Life of Henry VIII earned Laughton the Best Actor award for his spirited performance as the tyrannical king who veers between monarch and man-child. Korda’s biopic focuses on the man rather than the office, and ignores politics (except the sexual kind) as Henry’s six wives each bring out a different aspect of his personality as he grows older, but matures little.

Restored by the BFI National Archive and The Film Foundation, in association with ITV and Park Circus. Funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation.


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