Podcast: The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)



Our third podcast was Justin Chadwick’s “The Other Boleyn Girl” movie of the book by Philippa Gregory, which takes a wild riff on the story of Mary Boleyn, Anne’s sister who didn’t lose her head. We actually went out to the theater in 2008 and saw the flick, which had costumes designed by Sandy Powell.

Alas, there’s so much WTF (What The Frock) in this film, but considering it is based on a historical fiction, we weren’t surprised. Then again, Sandy Powell gave us the lush and opulent “Orlando” so we were left wondering what the hell happened with this hot historical mess.

Listen to us critique The Other Boleyn Girl movie costumes below or on iTunes:


2 Responses

  1. Kohana

    I like the costumes for this movie but everything else I couldn’t stand. How horribly inaccurate it was historically, the portrayals of Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn. Catherine of Aragon was incredibly regal in her manner and pious ,plus she was fair-skinned with auburn hair and blue eyes (like her mother Isabella I of Castile). Anne Boleyn was intelligent but also tempestuous and this portrayal didn’t show how truly tempestuous she was and she was much more dignified in her execution than some blubbering mess.

  2. Bettilou

    AMEN! I remember watching this movie, seeing Anne wearing a gabled hood after becoming queen and freaking out. I don’t care how regal and subdued she wanted to be seen as, the real Anne would NEVER have worn the gabled hood. I remeber that she was quoted as hating the hood because it”felt as if one had their head in box.” If she was not wearing a french hood it would have been a similar type head covering.