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Henry VIII and His Six Wives

A beautifully crafted epic, Henry VIII is told in flashback form from the king's deathbed. Pic deals almost exclusively with Henry and his succession of wives, deliberately relegating historic events to backdrops, even though audiences are kept in touch at all times with what else was going on in the realm.

Cast:
Keith Michell Donald Pleasence Charlotte Rampling Jane Asher Frances Cuka Lynne Frederick

A beautifully crafted epic, Henry VIII is told in flashback form from the king’s deathbed. Pic deals almost exclusively with Henry and his succession of wives, deliberately relegating historic events to backdrops, even though audiences are kept in touch at all times with what else was going on in the realm.

Thanks also to a fine, tight script and sensitive but firm direction, the king acquires many more dimensions than those usually credited him. Keith Michell gives an upper-case performance all the way, through a succession of equally very believable makeup transformations.

Somewhat over-stolid at times, and taking itself too seriously, it perhaps needs more amusing change-of-pace sequences such as the one which finds the king saddled, sight-unseen, with the ugly Anne of Cleves.

Henry VIII and His Six Wives

UK

Production: Anglo-EMI. Dir Waris Hussein; Producer Roy Baird; Screenplay Ian Thorne; Camera Peter Suschitzky; Editor John Bloom; Music David Munro Art Dir Roy Stannard

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1972. Running time: 125 MIN.

With: Keith Michell Donald Pleasence Charlotte Rampling Jane Asher Frances Cuka Lynne Frederick

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