Movie Diary 1/19/2009

anna2Anna Boleyn (Ernst Lubitsch, 1920). Who needs Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson anyway? The bloody business of the English royal family is always juicy source material, and this one has special heft with two of Germany’s biggest stars playing Henry VIII (well, “Heinrich VIII” in the close-ups of documents) and Anne Boleyn: respectively, Emil Jannings and Henny Porten. Not quite as light-footed as Lubitsch’s royal lark in Madame Dubarry, but good spectacle.