That Hamilton Woman

1941, UK-USA, Language: English, French, Italian, Subtitles: Hungarian (128’); Screening: 09.07, 16.00, Toldi Cinema, Kisterem

A fallen woman remembers: in fact, the whole of That Hamilton Woman is a flashback. The woman caught stealing wine in the port of Calais is arrested, and when a fellow prisoner asks who she is, she launches into her life story. Emma Hart was a dancer and painters’ model of doubtful repute known to all of European high society. She married British ambassador to Naples Hamilton, and then fell in love with Admiral Nelson. This melodrama played out during the Napoleonic Wars is also memorable for its dramatic sea battle scenes. Nelson refuses to remove his decorations even though they make him a glittering target: ‘I won them in battle and I shall wear them in battle,’ he says. This out-and-out English film also about British pride – the other ships in the fleet are signalled: England expects that every man will do his duty – was directed by a British gentleman of Hungarian extraction, Sir Alexander Korda.

Directed by: Alexander Korda (Korda Sándor)
Screenplay by: Walter Reisch, R. C. Sherriff
Director of photography: Rudolph Maté (Máté Rudolf)
Music by: Miklós Rózsa (Rózsa Miklós)                 
Cast: Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, Alan Mowbray, Sara Allgood, Gladys Cooper, Henry Wilcoxon
Genre: drama, history, romance
Production: Alexander Korda Films, Inc.
Format: black and white, 1.37: 1