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Anna Boleyn -- A groundbreaking historical epic from legendary director Ernst Lubitsch. The tragic story of the second wife of England's Henry VIII is given first-class treatment, complete with opulent sets, beautiful cinematography, and a bravura performance by Emil Jannings (The Last Laugh, The Blue Angel) as Henry.


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17 April 1921 (USA) See more »
The story of the ill-fated second wife of the English king Henry VIII, whose marriage to the Henry led... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Ernst Lubitsch 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Norbert Falk  (as Fred Orbing)
Hanns Kräly 

Original Music by
Hans Jönsson (1972)
Hans Landsberger 
Eduard Prasch 
Hugo Riesenfeld (1921)
Fritz Stahlberg (1921)
Cinematography by
Theodor Sparkuhl 
Production Design by
Hans Poelzig 
Art Direction by
Kurt Richter 
Costume Design by
Ali Hubert 
Music Department
Hans Landsberger .... conductor
Eduard Prasch .... conductor
Other crew
Kurt Waschneck .... technical director

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100 min | USA:133 min | 118 min (DVD)
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It looks great.....but that's really about a, 25 April 2010
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This movie earns a 7--because, for its time, it was a heck of a movie. The sets and costumes (mostly which were from the proper period--though some, to the trained eye, were not) are quite impressive. It's obvious that director Ernst Lubitsch was given a huge budget to create this film--and it's better looking than the Hollywood productions of the same period. In fact, today few would realize that the some of the most incredibly complex and expensive productions of this time were German--not American. It was only in the mid to late 1920s that the American films became the best-known and best made. You just can't find a film from 1920 or so that looks better.

Unfortunately, looks alone do NOT make a great film. For someone who wants the truth behind the second marriage of Henry VIII, this is NOT a great film--as many of the facts were clearly wrong. Despite what the movie shows, Anne was Henry's mistress for some time before he got around to marrying her AND the process by which the English separated from the authority of the Pope was NOT the quick process you see in the film--it took years. As a history teacher, this film isn't terrible historically--but it still should have been a lot better. And, if you are going to play fast and loose with the facts, then why not at least make the film more interesting? Overall, the film lumbers during its two hour air time and more recent films (NOT "The Other Bolyne Girl"--which was also a mess historically-speaking) such as "Anne of the Thousand Days" and "The Six Wives of Henry the Eighth" are more accurate and interesting.

Decent but far from as good as it could have been its sumptuous treatment. Plus, while a Lubitsch film, there's little trace of his famed "Lubitsch touch" here in this pretty but rather dull film.

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