The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)

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  1. llanes13

    llanes13 Guest


    "It is no secret that Bette Davis and Errol Flynn were at each other's throats throughout the filming of The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex. Boiled down to essentials: Davis felt that Flynn was unprofessional* while Flynn thought that Davis took herself too damned seriously. Besides* Davis had wanted Laurence Olivier to play the Earl of Essex opposite her Queen Elizabeth I. She was forced to compromise on this point* but refused to allow Flynn proxy top billing via his suggestion that the film be retitled The Knight and the Lady. The finished product* a lavish Technicolor costumer allowing full scope to Davis' histrionics and Flynn's derring-do* betrays little of the backstage hostilities (though Flynn does seem uncomfortably hammy in his scenes with Davis)."


    pass : joep
  2. Patnara

    Patnara Guest

    Thank you!
  3. Thanks you, especially for making it one file!

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