Anne of the Thousand Days

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Anne of the Thousand Days is a 1969 costume drama made by Hal Wallis Productions and distributed by Universal Pictures. It was directed by Charles Jarrott and produced by Hal B. Wallis. The film tells the story of Anne Boleyn. The screenplay is an adaptation by Bridget Boland, John Hale and Richard Sokolove of the 1948 play by Maxwell Anderson; Anderson's blank verse format was retained for only portions of the screenplay, such as Anne's soliloquy in the Tower of London.

The film stars Richard Burton as King Henry VIII and Genevieve Bujold as Anne Boleyn. Irene Papas plays Catherine of Aragon. Others in the cast include Anthony Quayle, John Colicos, Michael Hordern, Katharine Blake, Peter Jeffrey, Joseph O'Conor, William Squire, Vernon Dobtcheff, Denis Quilley, Esmond Knight and T.P. McKenna. Elizabeth Taylor makes a brief, uncredited appearance.

Despite receiving some negative reviews[1] and a mixed, but complimentary review from the New York Times[2], the film was nominated for ten Academy Awards and won the award for best costumes. Genevieve Bujold's portrayal of Anne, her first in an English-speaking film, was, however, very highly praised, even by Time Magazine, which otherwise skewered the movie.[3] According to the Academy Awards exposé Inside Oscar, an expensive advertising campaign was mounted by Universal Studios that included serving champagne and filet mignon to members of the Academy following each screening.[4]

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