Tuesday, February 03, 2009

The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex

Studio production at its height and in full-on fairy tale mode propels Maxwell Anderson play, already refracting the genuinely odd events into improbability, high into the silly sphere. But such gorgeous silliness! Last third is quite stagy but admire the set designs of the Tower sequences. Completely erases the bad taste of The Other Boleyn Girl away.
The DVD extras are generous, including wartime newsreels, a two-reeler novelty (cowboys and Indians versus viscounts and archdukes), and a cartoon.

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