Taking a Shot: The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (Michael Curtiz, 1939)

The loudest thing this shot is saying to you is LOOK AT ERROL FLYNN’S LEGS. You ought to listen.

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It also tells you, perhaps, that this is a rare film in which the male lead is more objectified than the female lead, and they have a passionate romance nonetheless. It clearly indicates that the woman is the one in a position of authority. You can probably guess that the age and power differences between them will be contentious matters in their relationship – as will the fact that these differences even exist.

It is for those reasons that I can say with all seriousness that if you’re not looking at Errol Flynn’s legs, you’re watching the movie wrong.

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