A Royal Divorce (1938 film)

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A Royal Divorce
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Directed by Jack Raymond
Written by Miles Malleson
Jacques Théry
Produced by Herbert Wilcox
Starring Ruth Chatterton
Pierre Blanchar
Cinematography Freddie Young
Edited by Peggy Hennessey
Music by Anthony Collins
Production
company
Herbert Wilcox Productions (as Imperator)
Distributed by Paramount British Pictures
Release date
  • 21 September 1938 (1938-09-21)(United Kingdom)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish

A Royal Divorce is a 1938 British historical drama film directed by Jack Raymond and starring Ruth Chatterton, Pierre Blanchar and Frank Cellier. [1] The film portrays the complex relationship between Napoleon I of France and his wife, Josephine Bonaparte from their first meeting until their divorce more than a decade later. [2]

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Critical reception

TV Guide called the film a "mediocre adaptation", [3] while Allmovie wrote, "in terms of costumes and settings, A Royal Divorce is authentic to a fault; in terms of adherence to the facts, it's a bit shaky, though undeniably dramatic. [4]

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References

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  2. "A Royal Divorce". BFI. Archived from the original on 14 January 2009.
  3. "A Royal Divorce". TVGuide.com.
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