7 thoughts on “TBT: Fire Over England (1937)

  1. I wish I had paid more attention to the film’s costumes. Unfortunately, I was too busy being bored and realizing that Laurence Olivier was unsuited for swashbuckler films.

  2. Had to look up Flora Robson’s Tilbury speech. She’s super bad-ass on a horse.

  3. I have this film, Vivien and Laurence are just beautiful looking. They also fell in love with each other whilst making the film.

  4. I remember how incredibly Dame Flora was able to be the center of attention despite the fact that she wasn’t the incandescent beauty of Vivien Leigh or as pretty as Lord Larry. It reminded me of Dame Judi’s Elizabeth in Shakespeare in Love and also Dame Judi stole the show.

    She was also brilliant as the Dowager Empress of China in 55 Days in Peking and she was the only reason to watch it. Well, David Niven was also a reason.

  5. This was fascinating! I might have to check this out.

    I’m curious as to how you differentiate between historically inaccurate costumes that you like, and those you don’t. Do you judge them by intention (if there was an effort made, however misguided?) Or by prettiness?

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