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Thursday, 5 July 2012

Elizabeth & Essex: Battle Royale (2005) - Star of the month... Olivia de Havilland

'Elizabeth & Essex: Battle Royale' is a 2005 short documentary featurette discussing the film 'The Private Lives of Elizabeth & Essex' (1939), starring Bette Davis, Errol Flynn & Olivia de Havilland.

The short film features appearances from:

  • Professor of Film, UC Davis, Lincoln D. Hurst
  • Film historian Rudy Behlmer
  • author Bob Thomas
  • actress Nanette Fabray
  • conductor John Mauceri

The featurette opens with some background on Bette Davis and Errol Flynn's mutual dislike for each other. This is followed by an introduction to the supporting cast Olivia de Havilland, Alan Hale, Donald Crisp and Nanette Fabray.

We are also treated to a short segment of Nanette Fabray telling stories of working with Bette Davis and Errol Flynn. It is a shame Olivia de Havilland (also still alive when this was made) did not appear.

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