Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
Declared illegitimate aged 3. Tried for treason aged 21. Crowned Queen aged 25.
This film details the ascension to the throne and the early reign of Queen Elizabeth the First, as played by Cate Blanchett. The main focus is the endless attempts by her council to marry her off, the Catholic hatred of her and her romance with Lord Robert Dudley.
Film #79 of Project 90
”I may be a woman, Sir William, but if I choose I have the heart of a man!”
Elizabeth I also known as The Virgin Queen was the monarch who established Protestantism as the official religion of England, under her rule England went through a financial, political and cultural renaissance and it was also in her time that England defeated the Spanish Armada and ended the political and military domination of Spain Empire, she inherited a politically unstable kingdom plagued by poverty and religious extremism and then turned it into the most powerful country in the world, just note that all these heroic actions were done by a “woman” who had to prove her wisdom…
Period historical dramas are definitely my thing. From the majesty of creating the time period in perfect detail to the often fascinating tales of treachery and intrigue, the scope for these kind of movies is endless.
Elizabeth I and her succession to the throne was one of the bloodiest and most controversial in England's history. Shekhar Kapur crafted a gloriously beautiful looking movie that although historically iffy was full of wonderful performances that somehow got overlooked come award season. Cate Blanchett is just incredible as the monarch thrust into a life of duty amid threats from all corners. The child of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, she's a Protestant in a country tied to the Vatican and Catholicism. Her reign…
"Observe, Lord Burghley, I am married... to England." ~ Elizabeth I
I wish I had seen this before I saw its 2007 sequel, "Elizabeth: The Golden Age." This story perfectly sets up the one that follows, both featuring the Oscar-level acting of Kate Blanchett in the title role. I must admit, for the first hour or so, I thought this didn't hold a candle to its sequel, but that's before we see how the innocent maiden who was thrust unprepared into the role of queen transforms herself into one of the most powerful rulers in the world. Blanchett is just marvelous in this regard.
Of course, she had plenty of help, notably Geoffrey Rush as the queen's sly protector Sir…
Shekhar Kapur's "Elizabeth" is no stale costume drama or dry historical picture. It is a textured, passionate, dirt-under-the-fingernails epic that details how England was dragged kicking and screaming out pf the middle ages and into the renaissance. More importantly, it examines the players behind the revolution and evolution as personified by the woman at the center of it all, Cate Blanchett's Queen Elizabeth. Brilliantly performed and excellently visualized, "Elizabeth" is a remarkable piece of work.
Following Elizabeth the First's arc from royal sibling to Her Royal Highness, "Elizabeth" traces mid-millennium English history as the nation found itself threatened from both within and without. The story focuses its attention on Elizabeth and those around her who attempted to pull the royal…
I am married.... to England.
I love the Renaissance period for many different reasons, but one particular aspect that attracts me is how simple, elegant, and simultaneously brutal this time period was. Elizabeth is probably the best example of how unrelentingly bloody some parts of this time period were, as it often schizophrenically transitions from intense and dark moments to jovial, light-hearted celebrations, and back again so swiftly. It can seem a bit dizzying to some viewers, and it really is relentless in its brutality. But underneath all of the darkness and bloodshed lies a fascinating piece of history: the rise of Elizabeth I. She was not expected to reign very long at all, she had radical ideas and…
I cannot thank my A Level film teacher for showing us this and Chungking Express. Both are favourites now and a rewatch was in orderwhen I found Elizabeth on telly last night. I'm not into period dramas, I'm not into British history but I love this film so much.
Kapur brings so much vibrance and richness to this story, everything is dripping in warm tones so pleasing to watch and the added humour breaks up the seriousness of the overall tone. It's a fantastic performance from the whos-who of British actors (and Australian!) (erm, and Cantona!) that really drive this, Geoffrey Rush is a force but Blanchett carries this film.
It is shot perfectly, meaningful and carefully. The choir music is haunting, it is dreamy and lovely and MAN IF YOU DON'T LIKE PERIOD DRAMAS YOU WILL LIKE THIS TRUST ME~
What an entrance to the public consciousness Cate!
To be reviewed on Episode #16 of Let's Take Five...
Academy Awards, USA - Won:
Academy Awards, USA - Nomination:
Best Actress in a Leading Role - Cate Blanchett
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
Best Costume Design
Best Music, Original Dramatic Score
Golden Globes, USA - Won:
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama - Cate Blanchett
Golden Globes, USA - Nomination:
Best Motion Picture - Drama
Best Director - Motion Picture - Shekhar Kapur
BAFTA Awards - Won:
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - Cate Blanchett
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role - Geoffrey Rush
Best British Film
Best Film Music
Best Make Up/Hair
BAFTA Awards - Nomination:
Best Direction - Shekhar Kapur
Best Costume Design
Best Production Design
Best Screenplay - Original
National Board of Review, USA
Best Director - Shekhar Kapur
Boss ass bitch; trust no man.
The critical acclaim ELIZABETH earned since its release hardly needs to be reiterated. Between its gorgeous cinematography, impeccable casting, and lavish costuming, ELIZABETH is a feast to behold. It may seem shallow to give a movie five stars on aesthetic alone, but ELIZABETH deserves it. As the movie that introduced Cate Blanchett to the mainstream, it certainly has a place in modern film canon, too.
As a biopic, however, there are noticeable flaws. The two-hour run time requires the film to condense a lot of material—it feels like half of the movie is made of consecutive establishing shots. The plot itself is an endless parade of secret plots, religious politics, and marriage proposals squished together with nary a moment to…
While not the most historically accurate film, this is a gorgeous piece of filmmaking. Beautifully shot, masterfully scored, it has some magnificent costume design and a stellar cast.
Elizabeth is wonderful. It's a beautiful period piece as well as thoughtful character drama.
I can't stress just how good Cate Blanchett is here. She easily should've won the Oscar in '99.
This movie is two hours of great-great-great followed by an absolutely superb ending.
Key bit of English history, and a costume drama, that thing most beloved by the English. But it's a piece of melodrama only really rescued by the performances of two Australians, Geoffrey Rush and Cate Blanchet in the central roles.
Complete list. :-(
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!