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The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex
Director: Michael Curtiz, Chuck Jones
Screenplay: Norman Reilly Raine, Maxwell Anderson
Producer: Hal B. Wallis, Robert Lord
Cast: Mel Blanc, Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, John Deering, John Litel
Genre: Drama

Running Time: 106
Aspect Ratio:  1.33:1 (NTSC Fullscreen)
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Features: Dubbed
Studio:  Warner Home Video DVD Region:  1 NR
DVD Release:  Apr 2005 Discs:  1 (DVD) [$19.98]
Reviews:  Bette Davis and Errol Flynn made The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex fascinatingly public striking sparks in this lavish Technicolor tale of the ill-fated love between the aging Elizabeth I and the dashing Earl of Essex. Thoroughly unglamorous here - eyes and hairline shaved face painted chalky white - double Academy AwardO winner* Davis exudes such intelligence energy and ardor that her romance with the decades-younger Essex (Flynn at the peak of his remarkable good looks and athletic verve) is completely believable. Based on Maxwell Anderson's play Elizabeth the Queen and directed by Michael Curtiz this nominee for five OscarsO** takes liberties with historical accuracy but none with dramatic impact. Long may these tempestuous titled lovers reign!

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