An admirable glutton. And a resurrection for England's film industry, with palms going to Korda, and French cinematograper Georges Perinal. Many costume epics were made in the silent years and some even touched upon the life of the monarch, but this is the one that will be remembered.
Laughton's performance was outstanding and won the first Oscar ever for a British-made movie. Korda called upon his brother Vincent to be set designer and the nepotism was worthwhile, as Vincent managed to make this picture look far more expensive than the 60,000 pounds it cost to produce it in
just five weeks. The attitude taken was to dispense with the public utterances and show the...