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The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933) was a Biographical - Comedy Film directed by Alexander Korda and produced by Alexander Korda and Ludovico Toeplitz.

Academy Awards 1932/33 --- Ceremony Number 6 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorCharles LaughtonWon
Best PictureLondon FilmsNominated
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The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933)

By Lindsey on May 10, 2015 From The Motion Pictures

I’m a little bit of a Tudor dynasty buff. As an undergrad, I took a class about the Tudors and Stuarts. I love reading about and watching anything related to Tudor history. Recently, I spent half of my spring break being productive and getting ahead on coursework… and the other half doin... Read full article


The Private Life of Henry VIII

By Alyson on Aug 30, 2010 From The Best Picture Project

When I pick up a film from the early thirties with a long ridged title like The Private Life of Henry VIII, I have my doubts. ?Honestly, I expected some dry, very historical account of Henry?s life with a stuffy British narration. ?I could not have been more wrong. The first clue to how this film wi... Read full article


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Anne Boleyn: Isn't it a pity to lose a head like this? Still, they will easily find a nickname for me: among the Queens of England, I shall be "Anne sans tête." That means "Anne who lost her head."


Thomas Culpeper: I never should have come, Kate. We can't go on like this.
Katherine Howard: I know, it's dreadful, seeing each other every day and never being alone together...
Thomas Culpeper: Oh, it's not that, it's... it's being torn in half between you and the King.
Katherine Howard: But, Tom, we belong to each other!
Thomas Culpeper: No. We belong to him.


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First non-US film to receive a Best Picture Oscar nomination
Elsa Lanchester, playing Anne of Cleves, refers to Henry VIII, as a "Bluebeard" however the 1st historical mention of Bluebeard dates to 1697, 150 years after the rule of Henry VIII ended.
While he was on a tour of Europe, huge American professional wrestler Man Mountain Dean was hired to be Charles Laughton's uncredited stunt double. This would be the first of Dean's appearances in motion pictures.
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