Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)

The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939) Poster
***** out of 5

Questionable history, but great drama! Bette Davis and Errol Flynn as the titular lovers who fight a losing battle against fate and their own hearts. Their relationship is captivating to watch, and the supporting cast adds exciting layers of court intrigue to the drama. Donald Crisp is a notable supporting player as Sir Francis Bacon, adviser and friend to both who put his considerable skills of diplomacy to the limits in his attempts to keep them and the kingdom together. Olivia deHavilland's role as a jealous lady-in-waiting is underdeveloped, but admirably played, as is Vincent Price's role as Flynn's court rival, Sir Walter Raleigh.

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