The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex

The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex

DVD - 2017
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A depiction of the love/hate relationship between Queen Elizabeth I and Robert Devereux, the Earl of Essex.
Publisher: [Hollywood, California] : Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, [2017]
Branch Call Number: PRIVATE LIVES OF
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (106 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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TBrien
Apr 03, 2018

Bette's performance is fantastic - and casts a spotlight on how poorly Errol acts. He looks gorgeous, though, as do the Technicolor shots and Orr-Kelly costumes. The drama is a bit much to swallow and has its lulls.

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Monolith
Oct 20, 2013

Very dry. Very long-winded. But in the same token, Bette Davis was *very* good. It's impressive that she (is said to have) shaved two inches off her scalp/forehead and her eyebrows for the role, the latter of which she's stated never grew back properly thereafter. If not for that fireball personality of hers, I found her almost unrecognizable physically. Errol Flynn was Errol Flynn. The two had pretty good chemistry for people who disliked each other.

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roche1955
May 12, 2011

egotistical ?..confident yes, before he came to Hollywood he had an adventurous life the stuff movie are made of. He was whip smart, intelligent & well read. As for women, they ALL wanted him, whats' a guy to do ? The reason Bette Davis hated him because he wouldn't go to bed with her..and neither would i.

This film is a wonderful dramatization of history's best. Bette Davis outdoes herself as Queen Elizabeth. I have never seen or read an impersonation of Queen Elizabeth so close to the real thing, both in looks and character. Errol Flynn stars as the passionate, trusting, and proud Earl of Essex. In the end, the one thing that joins these people together divides them, and they are faced with the quintessential question of duty over desire, principle over passion.

This movie is wonderful to watch when you keep in mind that Errol Flynn was a womanizer and insufferably egotistical, for which the opinionated Bette Davis hated him---not to say, of course, she was not attracted to him.

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Monolith
Oct 20, 2013

Queen Elizabeth I: "...To be a Queen is to be less than human... to put pride before desire; to search men's hearts for tenderness, and find only ambition. To cry out in the dark for one unselfish voice... hear only the dry rustle of papers of State. To turn to one's beloved, with stars for eyes, and have him see behind them only the shadow of the executioner's block. A queen has no hour for love. Time presses; events crowd upon her. And her shell... an empty glittering husk. She must give up all that a woman holds most dear."

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