Lavish costume drama Anne of the Thousand Days is full of rich performances and tells of King Henry VIII’s infatuation with 18-year-old Anne Boleyn. For her hand, the king defied the Vatican, destroyed a ruling caste, and established the church of England in order to obtain a divorce from his wife. Richard Burton is appropriately swaggering and Genevieve Bujold more than worthy of her king’s notice.
Burton’s then wife Elizabeth Taylor makes an unbilled appearance, playing a masked courtesan.
Academy Award Nominations: 10, including Best Picture; Best Actress: Genevieve Bujold; Best Actor: Richard Burton; Best (Adapted) Screenplay.
Cast: Richard Burton, Genevieve Bujold, John Calicos, Irene Papas, Anthony Ouayle, Michael Hordern, Katharine Blake, Peter Jeffrey. William Squire, Esmond Knight, Nora Swinburne
Director: Charles Jarrott
Producer: Hal B. Wallis
Original Story: Maxwell Anderson
Director of Photography: Arthur Ibbetson
Editor: Richard Marden
Composer: Georges Delerue
Screenwriters: Bridget Boland, John Hale, Richard Sokolove
Production Designer: Maurice Carter
Costume Designer: Margaret Furse
Set Designer: Peter Howitt
Art Director: Lionel Couch
Choreographer: Mary Skeaping
UK / Universal / 146 minutes / 1969