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2003 Taormina BNL FilmFest Diaries
Mob Blog - Day 4

by Philipp Hoschka

Taormina, June 10, 2003 - Tonite's amphitheater film is "The Other Boleyn Girl" by Philippa Lowthorpe. Originally a BBC TV production, the film tells the story of the notorious Anne Boleyn, who Henry VIII wanted to marry so much that he had to create the Anglican Church. It is always great again to see these type of movies in Taormina's Greek theatre. Sitting in the last row, you have a view of mount Etna, the bay of Taormina and the movie screen, and you can muse about the workings of history in this location which has so much history itself.

The story is told using a feminist angle, showing how medieval families used women like Anne Bodelyn to gain power through marriage. The movie is not your classical BBC costume drama. It uses techniques of modern documentaries such as one-to-one "confessions" by the main personae to make the story more accessible.

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