That Hamilton Woman

TitleThat Hamilton Woman
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1941
AuthorsKorda, Alexander
Running Time2h 5min
Date Released04/30/1941
DistributorUnited Artists
CountryUnited States
Publication LanguageEnglish

That Hamilton Woman, also known as Lady Hamilton, is a 1941 black-and-white historical film drama. Set during the Napoleonic Wars, the film tells the story of the rise and fall of Emma Hamilton (1765–1815), dance-hall girl and courtesan, who married Sir William Hamilton (1730–1803), British ambassador to the Kingdom of Naples. She later became mistress to Admiral Horatio Nelson (1758–1805). The film was a critical and financial success, and while on the surface the plot is both a war story and a romance set in Napoleonic times, it was also intended to function as a deliberately pro-British film that would portray Britain positively within the context of World War II. At the time of the film's release, most of Europe had surrendered to the Nazis and the Soviet Union was still officially allied to them. Correspondingly, as the British were fighting Nazi Germany alone, such a film could both boost their own morale, and also portray them sympathetically to the foreign world, and in particular, to the United States.

Alternate TitleLady Hamilton
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