- Actors: Marion Davies, William Powell, Forrest Stanley, Flora Finch
- Directors: Robert G. Vignola
- Producers: Cosmopolitan Productions
- Region: All Regions
- Number of discs: 2
- Rated: Not RatedNR
- Studio: Undercrank Productions
- Run Time: 115.00 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- ASIN: B072HTTCKV
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,525 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
When Knighthood Was In Flower (1922) (Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack)
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Marion Davies stars as Mary Tudor in the breakout role and big-budget costume epic that established her as a movie star. Davies plays Mary Tudor, sister of King Henry VIII, whom the king aims to use for political gain by offering her hand in marriage to King Louis XII of France. Look for a young William Powell in his second movie role as one of the story’s villains. For period authenticity, no expense was spared on the production’s costumes, armor and tapestries or on Joseph Urban’s huge, lavish sets.
WHEN KNIGHTHOOD WAS IN FLOWER (1922) is presented here in a brand new restoration, with a new theatre organ score by Ben Model. The film was scanned from an original 35mm nitrate print preserved by the Library of Congress, its color tints have been reinstated and the hand-colored sequence has been digitally replicated. This is the first time the film has been seen as it appeared in the 1920s.
The package includes a 16-page illustrated booklet with film notes by Lara Gabrielle Fowler, as well as both Blu-ray and DVD editions of the film.
Both discs are region-free.
Top customer reviews
Nearly immaculate film print from Library of Congress, restored by Ben Model with original tinting scheme, this mega-hit from 1922 stars Marion Davies as Mary Tudor. Mammoth production boasts sets by Joseph Urban and direction by Robert Vignola. Astonishing restoration lets us see film as it was seen in 1922 and includes digital hand-coloring in the finale. Exciting story full of humor pits Mary Tudor against her brother Henry VIII in a political battle of love vs duty. One of Davies' best performances. Wonderful organ score by Ben Model. A must see for silent-film fans. Film also features a very early appearance by William Powell.
This film will be available on July 25 along with two other Marion Davies DVDs: BEAUTY'S WORTH and THE BRIDE'S PLAY, both from Library of Congress restorations and both with scores by Ben Model.
Davies plays a princess, sister of King Henry VIII. He wants to marry her off to the aging king of France. She has other ideas, as she is in love with a commoner who has saved her once before. The film has quite a feminist story, as the princess is able to outwit powerful men (most of the time). This film was a hit in 1922, and you will enjoy it for your next movie night. This is a must-buy for any fans of silent films.
Having seen Marion Davies in "Show People" (her best, with Billy Haines in top form), "The Patsy" (a close second), "Floradora Girl," "Marianne," "Beauty's Worth," (another sterling transfer from the L of C collection) and now "Knighthood" it’s hard to imagine the accepted wisdom of a career foisted on an unwilling public by the wealth and influence of W.R. Hearst. She is a genuine delight in all of the above - a personality as fresh as springtime - natural and unaffected whether playing comedy or pathos - and as stunningly beautiful as any MGM goddess you could name.
Don't assume more than bare bones historical accuracy in this story of Mary Tudor, sister of Henry VIII. The plot is worked out like an operetta with lovers Mary and Charles Brandon (a dull Forrest Stanley looking like a Life Insurance salesman in fancy dress…) playing off Henry VIII and Louis XII who function less as monarchs and more like comic relief. The settings by Metropolitan Opera designer Joseph Urban are lavish and literal – no German expressionism here. While the men sport reasonably correct period dress the ladies, particularly Marion, look like flappers in longer skirts. Their headgear is thoroughly modern and could be worn by Gloria Swanson or Leatrice Joy in one of de Mille’s contemporary sex farces. All of Mr. Hearst’s expenditures on this project would be for naught without Marion Davies balancing it all, lightly and elegantly on the tip of her manicured finger.