Anna Boleyn (Anne Boleyn)(Deception) (1920) - Rotten Tomatoes

Anna Boleyn (Anne Boleyn)(Deception) (1920)





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Anne Boleyn(Henny Porten) is coveted by King Henry VIII (Emil Jannings) when he tires of Queen Katherine. The ruler desires an heir to the throne, and Katherine has not provided one. Henry goes against the wishes of the pope, divorces Katherine, and forms the Church of England. Sir Henry Norris (Paul Hartmann) is her jealous boyfriend who leaves when he suspects Anne and the King of having an affair. A spectacular crowd scene is the marriage of Anne and Henry at the Cathedral and the sumptuous festivities that followed. Henry's attentions turn to Lady Seymour after Anne bears the child that would be Queen Elizabeth. Boleyn is tortured and confesses to infidelity before being sentenced to death by the pompous monarch.

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Emil Jannings
as Henry VIII
Henny Porten
as Anna Boleyn
Aud Egede Nissen
as Lady Joan Seynour
Paul Hartmann
as Sir Henry Norris
Ludwig Hartau
as Duke of Norfolk
Hedwig Pauly-Winterstein
as Queen Catherine
Maria Reisenhofer
as Lady Rochford
Ferdinand von Alten
as Mark Smeaton
Adolf Klein
as Cardinal Wolsey
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Critic Reviews for Anna Boleyn (Anne Boleyn)(Deception)

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

[A] curious and rather interesting production.

January 23, 2013 | Full Review…

Lubitsch has staged it with great skill, and many of his scenes -- for sheer pictorial effect -- surpass anything that has ever been done on the screen. This spectacular quality, however, is permitted to intrude at the expense of the dramatic interest.

October 5, 2021 | Full Review…

The glutton king is portrayed by Jannings more comically as a pervert than as an evil villain.

January 25, 2013 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Anna Boleyn (Anne Boleyn)(Deception)


It's a story we all know. Jannings gives a great performance as Henry, but otherwise, this wasn't very interesting at all.

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