Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex keyart

The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex

Original Theatrical Date: November 11, 1939

In one of the most stunningly designed movies from Hollywood's golden age, Michael Curtiz (Casablanca) directs the historical drama of Elizabeth I's love for the Earl of Essex, which threatens to destroy her kingdom.

Bette Davis and Errol Flynn lead a star-studded cast, including Olivia de Havilland, Vincent Price, Nanette Fabares, and Leo G. Carroll.

After Elizabeth chooses to marry Essex and relinquish her throne, she realizes that his plans for advancement would ultimately prove disastrous for England. When afforded the opportunity to execute Essex for treason, she reluctantly signs his death warrant.

The film was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Score, Best Sound, and Best Special Effects.

Genre: Period DramaDrama