Sixteenth-century England was rife with betrayal, power and adultery — really not unlike modern day Park Avenue when you think about it. Though, as many of the women attested at Tuesday night’s screening and dinner for “The Other Boleyn Girl,” current infractions are a tad less scandalous. Love triangles still happen, but as Mamie Gummer said, “I certainly never was involved in one with my sister.”
While some guests bemoaned the accuracy of the film about Anne and Mary Boleyn and their respective affairs with King Henry VIII (“Have you seen ‘The Tudors?'” many asked, referring to the Showtime series starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the king), partygoers agreed the Christie’s dining room and lavish spread was, as Natalie Portman said, “very authentic.”
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Indeed, Christie’s staff corralled a handful of Old Master portraits for the walls, including a portrait of Princess Sybille of Cleves (Henry’s sister-in-law during his brief marriage to Anne of Cleves) up for auction for an estimated $4 million to $6 million.
David Lauren sat at the head of the long banquet table (in the king’s chair, which made his girlfriend, Lauren Bush, very proud), which was set with rich purple linens and hefty tableware. Gummer arrived fresh from the 59E59 Theater where she’s starring in “Hunting and Gathering,” while Zoe Kazan (with boyfriend Paul Dano in tow) slipped in for dessert after her appearance in William Inge’s “Come Back, Little Sheba” at the Biltmore Theatre.
The love-struck couple missed dining on period-appropriate pork rib and roast quail, as well as nibbling from the decadent charcuterie and fruits set on the table. “All that’s missing is pomegranates bursting open,” noted Coralie Charriol Paul.
“And the vestal virgins,” Euan Rellie chimed in.
But not the guillotines — representing Anne Boleyn’s tragic end. Those were set out as centerpieces. Because nothing says bon appétit like a guillotine.