Alexander Korda's Private Lives (1936) (DVD)UPC Number: 715515047418
Actors: Charles Laughton, Gertrude Lawrence, Robert Donat, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Elisabeth Bergner
Directors: Alexander Korda, Paul Czinner
Format: Box set, Black & White, DVD-Video, NTSC
Number of discs: 4
Release date: May 12, 2009
Run time: 383 minutes
Though born to modest means in Hungary, Alexander Korda would go on to become one of the most important filmmakers in the history of British cinema. A producer, writer, and director who navigated toward subjects of major historical significance and mythical distinction, Korda made a name for his production company, London Films, with the Oscar-winning The Private Life of Henry VIII. He then continued his populist investigation behind the scenes and in the bedrooms of such figures as Catherine the Great, Don Juan, and Rembrandt. Mixing stately period drama with surprising satire, these films are exemplars of grand 1930s moviemaking.