Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Sword and the Rose (1953)

The Sword and the Rose (1953) Poster
**** out of 5

A diverting period drama, and an interesting selection by Disney for one of the earlier live-action films by his studio. Some good performances here, with Richard Todd doing his best Errol Flynn to Glynis John's attempt at the Olivia De Havilland part. She acquits herself well enough, but fares much better in more comic roles, in the films I've observed. James Robert Justice is the stand-out performer, as a very entertaining Henry VIII - alternately cunning and earthy; a lusty and open fellow who is only matched in wit by his own sister, as played by Johns. Michael Gough plays Duke of Buckingham with great skill and nuance - at times an ally to the Todd and Johns, at times a ruthless opponent but always with his own interests behind his every move.

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