King Henry VIII is giving audience to his courtiers, surrounded by his chief advisers, including Cardinal Wolsey. Among the guests who attend this impressive reception is Anne Boleyn, one ... See full summary »

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King Henry VIII is giving audience to his courtiers, surrounded by his chief advisers, including Cardinal Wolsey. Among the guests who attend this impressive reception is Anne Boleyn, one of the young ladies-in-waiting to the queen. King Henry sees her for the first time and immediately he sets his heart upon making her queen, displacing the estimable and admirable Catherine. He confides his desire to one of his sycophants, who makes it possible for him to get a glimpse of Anne at her toilette in the seclusion of her boudoir. He appeals to Cardinal Wolsey to set aside the tenets of the Church and consent to his divorce from the queen. The cardinal absolutely refuses to do anything so inimical to his office, as representative of the Holy See. This angers King Henry, who induces the Archbishop of Canterbury to call a special council, by order of the king, through which he divorces himself from Queen Catherine. In punishment for his refusal to accede to the king's wishes, the cardinal is... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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5 March 1912 (USA)  »

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So magnificently acted, costumed, set and pictured that it leaves a very deep impression
4 October 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

This historical, melodramatic series of scenes suggested by Shakespeare's "Henry VIII," is this week's big release. It is in one reel (1,000 feet); but it is so magnificently acted, costumed, set and pictured that it leaves a very deep impression. The great cardinal is played with most remarkable success by Mr. Hal Reid. This portrayal, we believe, reaches a very high plane of art and is very worthwhile seeing. Even if he were not Cardinal Wolsey, he was every inch a cardinal. Catherine of Arragon is played by Julia Swayne Gordon, who shows the outraged queen in a dignified, royal way that stirs our sympathy. Anne Boleyn is played by Clara Kimball Young, who makes this pretty young lady-in-waiting a bit frightened at first, yet not very reluctant. She seemed somewhat awed by her honors as she passed in the coronation pageant. This out-of-doors parade is the picture's only weak point. It wasn't very suggestive, hardly could be; because the cast couldn't fill the space and there were no spectators, no citizens crowding for a look at their new queen. It would have "got over" better, if it had passed through the hall-setting used in other scenes. Teft Johnson played King Henry and, at moments, looked very much indeed like this king's portrait. The picture is a big educational feature. - The Moving Picture World, March 16, 1912


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