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Anna Boleyn (1920)

Not Rated | | Drama | 17 April 1921 (USA)
The story of the ill-fated second wife of the English king Henry VIII, whose marriage to the Henry led to momentous political and religious turmoil in England.

Director:

Ernst Lubitsch

Writers:

Norbert Falk (as Fred Orbing), Hanns Kräly
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Henny Porten ... Anna Boleyn
Emil Jannings ... Henry VIII
Paul Hartmann ... Sir Henry Norris
Ludwig Hartau Ludwig Hartau ... Duke of Norfolk
Aud Egede-Nissen ... Jane Seymour
Hedwig Pauly-Winterstein Hedwig Pauly-Winterstein ... Queen Catherine
Hilde Müller Hilde Müller ... Princess Marie
Maria Reisenhofer Maria Reisenhofer ... Lady Rochford
Ferdinand von Alten Ferdinand von Alten ... Mark Smeaton
Adolf Klein Adolf Klein ... Cardinal Wolsey
Paul Biensfeldt Paul Biensfeldt ... Jester
Wilhelm Diegelmann ... Cardinal Campeggio
Friedrich Kühne Friedrich Kühne ... Archbishop Cranmer
Karl Platen Karl Platen ... Physician
Erling Hanson Erling Hanson ... Count Percy
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The story of the ill-fated second wife of the English king Henry VIII, whose marriage to the Henry led to momentous political and religious turmoil in England. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The true heart-story of Anne Boleyn. the beautiful Court girl who won the world's worst husband and became the mother of a queen. (Print Ad- Aurora Daily Star, ((Aurora, Ills.)) 5 December 1921) See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

17 April 1921 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anne Boleyn See more »

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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Pretty Darn Stunning and Pretty Near Faithful to History, and Pretty Beautiful
6 July 2007 | by heliotropetwoSee all my reviews

Nothing dull about this movie, which is held together by fully realized characters with some depth to them. Even the hooded torturers have body language. Jannings' performance is brilliant, all will, want and need. A Henry VIII as he must have been. Henny Porten is, maybe, nobler and purer than Anne Boleyn, but she plays the part as written: A victim caught in the jaws of a big (huge) baby.

Sparkuhl's cinematography is gorgeous in the restoration, the tints sensuous. Lubitsch lets these characters breathe and reveal their corruption down to the tiniest of meannesses. He takes his time, which can try the patience of an audience accustomed to being carried away by action, but the time is worth spending. Slow your heartbeat and watch this minor miracle of German silent film.


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