Germany | 118 min.
black & white
• New, officially licenced transfer from restored materials
• New and improved optional English subtitles with original German-language intertitles
• New short essay by David Cairns
• Six ThinPaks enclosed in a hardbox
• Accompanied by Robert Fischer’s feature-length 2006 documentary Ernst Lubitsch in Berlin: From Schönhauser Allee to Hollywood
• Newly commissioned scores
Ernst Lubitsch, 1920
Emil Jannings plays King Henry VIII in the story of Anne Boleyn’s movement from the outskirts of the court, to the royal boudoir, and off to the chopping-block. Suffused with an atmosphere of entrapment that would not be out of place in later films by Fritz Lang, and prefiguring the stately contretemps in John Ford’s Mary of Scotland, Anna Boleyn proceeds with a deathward momentum unique in Lubitsch’s oeuvre.