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~
Elizabeth felt like it should have been a slam dunk for me to enjoy. I watched it only a day after watching Anne of the Thousand Days which I liked, so the context was set up and I was hungry to see the next chapter of the story. However, this film was a big disappointment. The acting felt totally unnatural, as though everyone was on a stage trying to project a character instead of becoming them, with a few notable exceptions. However, the bigger misstep was really the script. This movie did not hold together story-wise. It jumped all over the place, didn't pay off well on the setups, and left me constantly wanting something better. There were scenes where…
I saw this movie for the first time at a free marathon when the AMC theatres opened in Canada (and are now gone). I didn't know much about it and I didn't really have much interest (I was 19 at the time) when it was released but free, sure why not?
And am I glad I did. This movie, at the time, blew me away. I considered it to be up there with the best movies of the year, if not the best. I had no idea that a movie about Queen Elizabeth could be so entertaining, so exciting, so good. It also made me fall in love with Cate Blanchett as an actress.
Almost 20 years later I am…
"I am married... to England."
Cate Blanchett is magnificent and the costumes are spectacular.
Cate Blanchett as Queen Elizabeth calling out every male ass on their hypocrisy is just the kind of spiritual revival I needed!!!!
It's evidence of how spurious the Oscars actually are because the thought of this performance losing to Gwyneth Paltrow makes me want to repeatedly gag myself.
That Gwyneth Paltrow won the Oscar for Shakespeare in Love over Her Royal Highness, Gift to the Universe, Humanity's Goddess, My Angel Flung Out of Space Cate Blanchett is a TRAVESTYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY.
The Queen of Hearts. Elizabeth is a great period piece, conspiracy film that showcases thorough detail. As with all conspiracy genre films, the little details matter the most. The large cast, multiple countries, political stride, and the complexity of a period piece can be overwhelming, hard to understand, and confusing. The conspiracy does work and relies on a more romance perspective in order to be entertaining. The detail in character design, world building, and culture is very well represented and believable. Furthermore, acting is also well done and embody the period piece characters well enough to be believable. Overall, the complexity is very confusing and generates a lackluster experience that will require a rewatch to understand it but the amount of detail and believable characters make it a unique experience.
What an entrance to the public consciousness Cate!
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!