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Henry VIII (1979)

The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eight (original title)
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The second of only two episodes shot on location, after As You Like It (1978). However, whereas the location shooting in that episode was heavily criticised as taking away from the play, here, the location work was celebrated. See more »

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A Brilliant adaptation and a wonderful recreation of the period
10 March 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I loved this film. It is good in almost every way. The acting is great (Claire Bloom as Queen Catherine and Timothy West as Wolsey were particularly good) as you would expect from a BBC film but as well as that it was actually filmed on location at Penhurst Place, Dover Castle and Leeds Castle and there are some wonderful costumes. Sometimes, what you see on the screen looks like a painting of the time come to life. Also, there is a lot of music from the period and one of the songs ("Orpheus and His Lute" I think) was sung by Emma Kirkby. The only thing about it that I don't think is brilliant is the play itself. It is a bit dull, especially when listened to on audio cassete and even more so when reading it. However in this adaptation, the play and the characters come to life.

I don't know why the BBC don't release "The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare" series, on video. The ones I've watched have all been very good and have some very well known British actors


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