New restoration of ‘The Private Life of Henry VIII’ to premiere at 62nd BFI London Film Festival 

The BFI National Archive and The Film Foundation have confirmed that their new 4K digital restoration of Alexander Korda’s vivacious and hugely influential 1933 biopic, The Private Life of Henry VIII – starring an Academy Award-winning Charles Laughton in the title role – will receive its world premiere at the 62nd BFI London Film Festival on 20 October 2018.

The Private Life of Henry VIII co-stars Korda’s future wife Merle Oberon, alongside Elsa Lanchester and Robert Donat.

The festival screening will also serve as a taster for the BFI’s upcoming Magic and Madness: the Golden Age of the Kordas season at BFI Southbank in January 2019.



The Private Life of Henry VIII has been restored by the BFI National Archive and The Film Foundation, in association with ITV and Park Circus, with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation. Returning to existing nitrate materials preserved by the BFI National Archive, the film has undergone substantial 4K restoration to faithfully reproduce its original photography and innovative sound construction.

Intricate scanning of the original nitrate picture elements and the completion of all sound digitisation and restoration for the 4K digital restoration was carried out by preservation experts at the BFI National Archive’s Conservation Centre. Digital intermediate picture restoration, including grading and image repair was supervised by BFI archivists at Dragon Digital in Wales, with whom the BFI worked on the restoration of Napoleon (1927).



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