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Bette Davis in Michael Curtizs The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)

Bette Davis in Michael Curtizs The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)


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Size: 2944 x 3600 (3.1MB)

Date: 18th February 2010

Source: British Film Institute

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Bette Davis in Michael Curtizs The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)

Bette Davis

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© This image is out of copyright

Elizabethan Royalty


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In this print from the British Film Institute, we are transported back to the enchanting world of Elizabethan royalty with Bette Davis in Michael Curtiz's timeless classic, "The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex" (1939). Bette Davis, a true icon of her time, effortlessly embodies the regal elegance and commanding presence befitting Queen Elizabeth I. Her piercing gaze and resolute expression hint at the complexities that lie within this powerful monarch. With every glance, she exudes an air of authority that demands attention. Set against a backdrop reminiscent of Shakespearean grandeur, this photograph captures a pivotal moment in cinematic history. The film itself delves into the tumultuous relationship between Queen Elizabeth I and Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex - played by Errol Flynn - as they navigate their personal desires amidst political intrigue. Davis' portrayal is nothing short of mesmerizing; her performance transcends mere acting to become an embodiment of strength and vulnerability intertwined. Through her nuanced expressions and impeccable costume design, we witness the transformation from actress to queen unfold before our eyes. This print serves as a testament to both Bette Davis' extraordinary talent and Michael Curtiz's masterful direction. It encapsulates not only their artistic vision but also pays homage to one of cinema's most enduring periods – the golden age where historical dramas reigned supreme. As we admire this stunning image captured by the British Film Institute, let us revel in its beauty while appreciating how it transports us

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