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That Hamilton Woman (1941)

Approved | | Drama, History, Romance | 30 April 1941 (USA)
The story of courtesan and dance-hall girl Emma Hamilton, including her relationships with Sir William Hamilton and Admiral Horatio Nelson and her rise and fall, set during the Napoleonic Wars.

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Sir William Hamilton, a widower of mature years, is British ambassador to the Court of Naples. Emma who comes for a visit with her mother wouldn't cut the grade with London society but she gets along well with the Queen of Naples. Emma likes being Lady Hamilton and life goes smoothly until Lord Nelson pays a visit. Sir William decides at first to let his young wife have her fling and pretends not to know what is going on. But the real life lovers, whose first screen romance was in "Fire Over England" (1937) have an even more burning passion for each other in this film. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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HMS Vanguard was Nelson's flagship at the Battle of the Nile. See more »

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When Captain Hardy tells Lady Hamilton about Nelson's death, nearly all the details of the combat are wrong. Hardy says they were fighting the French flagship Redoutable, after approaching under heavy fog. He also says Nelson died at sunset. Actually, the French flagship was the Bucentaure, not the Redoutable, and the heavy fog had cleared since the morning. Also, Nelson was pronounced dead by 16:30, not sunset. Moreover, during the battle scenes, several ships can be seen exploding. In reality, only one ship, the French 74 gunner Achilles, blew up. See more »

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Emma: [shocked after seeing Lord Nelson's wounds] They told us of your victories but not of the price you paid!
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Rule Britannia.
20 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

In 1941,only England was still resisting Hitler.So the parallel was obvious and "that Lady Hamilton" is a propaganda work,which does not prevent if from being highly commendable,thanks to the two leads,mainly Leigh-this must have been her third best performance,in the movies,far behind "gone with the wind" and "a streetcar named desire",but her beauty shines in every scene.

The movie is a long flashback,sandwiched between two "present scenes " in a jail in France.Hamilton tells her story to her prison mate,an English good-time gal:the rise,decline and fall of a courtesan.There are some brilliant lines in the dialogue:Hamilton to her old soon-to-be hubby:"so your nephew sent me to you with his paintings and the bric-à-brac because he's broke!".Her last lines are touching .My mother saw the movie when it was released and how did she love them:"And then?" ,the hooker says " "there's no then" Hamilton replies"there's no after".When Hamilton understands she's lost everything,she draws the curtains and collapses,she seems to be on a stage and the play is over.

Vivien leigh did not make many movies.So it would be a pity to miss this one.

French remake by Christian-Jaque in 1968,with Michèle Mercier,John Mils and Richard Johnson as the leads ,known as "les amours de lady Hamilton."Despite a huge budget,much inferior to Korda's version" Jean Tulard.


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