Archive of films The Other Boleyn Girl / The Other Boleyn Girl
United Kingdom / USA
2008, 115 min
Young Mary Boleyn becomes the devoted lover of King Henry VIII. Her older, wilier sister Anne, however, decides to win the king’s heart for herself, and has no qualms about sitting by his side as queen. Embellishing this historical costume romance, which was inspired by the novel by Philippa Gregory, are Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson in the roles of the rival sisters.
1525. Young Mary Boleyn is manipulated by her ambitious family into a relationship with the irascible and fickle Henry VIII. The monarch soon tires of his naive and devoted lover and turns his attentions towards her older sister Anne. Anne, however, has greater ambitions than merely satisfying the king’s whims and bearing him his yearned-for heir: she wants to sit by his side as the new Queen of England. Yet Mary, who is truly in love with the king, does not give up and a struggle for love and power erupts between the sisters. Is there room for true love in the stifling web of court intrigue? And is Anne prepared to pay for her ambitions? This star-studded adaptation of Philippa Gregory’s novel was taken up by screenwriter Peter Morgan, who has other “monarchist” themes to his credit: the television movie Henry VIII (dir. Pete Travis, 2003), the drama The Last King of Scotland (dir. Kevin Macdonald, 2006) and the tragicomedy The Queen (dir. Stephen Frears, 2006).
About the director
Justin Chadwick (b. 1968, Manchester, UK) originally established himself as a successful television director. His credits include episodes of the series Byker Grove (1998) and Murder Prevention (2004) and the miniseries Daylight Robbery 2 (2001). He showed his interest in costume dramas as a co-writer on the Shakespeare Shorts (1996) project, which was one of his first television successes. His greatest triumph so far, however, has been the series Bleak House (2005), which combined elements of historical and courtroom drama (and received a BAFTA award). As an actor he has appeared in films such as London Kills Me (dir. Hanif Kureishi, 1991), The Hour of the Pig (dir. Leslie Megahey, 1993) and The Loss of Sexual Innocence (dir. Mike Figgis, 1998). Another historical romance named Birdsong will be released in cinemas in 2009.
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About the film
Color, 35 mm
|Screenplay:||Peter Morgan podle románu / based on a novel by Philippa Gregory|
|Dir. of Photography:||Kieran McGuigan|
|Editor:||Paul Knight, Carol Littleton|
|Cast:||Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Eric Bana, Kristin Scott Thomas, Mark Rylance, Jim Sturgess, Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juno Temple, Mark Lewis Jones|
|Contact:||Blue Sky Film Distribution, a.s., Universal Pictures International|
|Distributor:||Blue Sky Film Distribution, a.s.|
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