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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…
"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…
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…
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~
1998, the year when Joseph Fiennes starred in 2 Best Picture nominated period pieces just so he could wear shirts with ridicously deep V necks.
Having heard a lot of negative comments about this film, I went along purely on the strength of the largely British cast and what I knew of their previous work. I wasn't disappointed.
Kapur's direction is a little irritating at times (a few too many overhead shots), but the film looks fantastic and the music, although perhaps not always from the right period, fits the visuals perfectly.
Cate Blanchett is a stunning Elizabeth, although I feel the insistence of the film to focus on the early part of her reign is a little disappointing.
Best performances come from Chris Eccleston, Geoffrey Rush, and Richard Attenborough, but everyone has their moments and no one lets the cast down. Well worth seeing.
Expected something pretty dry and 'eh'. Instead this is basically a Game of Thrones prototype. Seek it.
This 1998 biographical film is directed by Shekhar Kapur and stars Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Christopher Eccleston, Joseph Fiennes, Fanny Ardant, Kathy Burke, Emily Mortimer, Daniel Craig and Sir Richard Attenborough.
England, 1558. When Roman Catholic Queen Mary I of England (Burke) dies from cancer, her Protestant half-sister Elizabeth (Blanchett) is announced as queen aged 25. Surrounded by those in her court who support her, including William Cecil (Attenborough), advisor Francis Walsingham (Rush) and secret lover Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester (Fiennes), Elizabeth is also surrounded by those who don’t.
4th Duke of Norfolk Thomas Howard (Eccleston) and Spaniard Alvaro de la Quadra (James Frain) secretly plot to over-throw Elizabeth due to her religious beliefs, and the way she enforced…
Cate Blanchett and a stellar cast highlight this absurdly inaccurate biopic. Maybe inaccurate isn't the right word, but it is incredibly undetailed, at least in its history. Was the name Ridolfi even mentioned?
Nevertheless Blanchett does a stellar job and the film is wonderfully shot and choreographed.
I don't know whether it was having JUST thoroughly enjoyed the intimate melancholy of the BBC's almost mumblecore adaptation of Wolf Hall or just the life and cinematic experiences I've had since the last dozen times I'd seen Elizabeth but suddenly on this watch I found myself doubting my perception of this as a tense movie of political intrigue that just so happened to be a stunning period piece. It's still very good however.
Nota = 5
Protestant Princess Elizabeth fears for her life, then becomes queen upon the death of her half-sister Queen Mary.
A great historical spectacle with predictably wonderful performance by Blanchett, but something is missing.
Good: Gorgeous cinematography and costuming, wonderful acting by Blanchett.
Bad: Not always historically accurate, various plots against queen confusing and role that characters play in them unclear
Rating: 8.9 / 10 (Great)
Elizabeth is no stiff period piece or a bland biopic. Director Shekhar Kapur has instilled a true sense of wonder and injected a bolt of energy into this script, turning the true story of Queen Elizabeth into an exciting, suspenseful tale of manipulation and romance. Coupled with some creative editing, Kapur makes Elizabeth a highly stylized reimagining of history, and we're all better off for it.
It's no surprise that Cate Blanchett is great in the lead role, but her excellence still deserves being mentioned. This is one of the best performances I've seen from her, as she handles the many aspects of Elizabeth's personality flawlessly. She brings a humanity to the part, but still makes her character sympathetic and…
It’s 1550 and the childless catholic Queen Mary (Kathy Burke) is dying and the country is divided - half support the catholic hegemony, while the other half are protestant and supporters of Mary’s half-sister, Elizabeth (Cate Blanchett). When Mary dies Elizabeth becomes queen inheriting a predominantly catholic court, led by the Duke of Norfolk (Christopher Eccleston). Norfolk and his cohorts wish Elizabeth removed by any means in order to install a catholic monarch, with Norfolk allying himself with the catholic Mary, Queen of Scots. Elizabeth's supporters believe that it is essential that she marries and produces an heir in order to secure her line and they make strenuous attempts to find suitable international candidates including the Duc d'Anjou (Vincent Cassel).…
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