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  • Actors: Camille Rutherford, Sean Biggerstaff, Aneurin Barnard
  • Directors: Thomas Imbach
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Metrodome
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Oct. 2014
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00LTYSAPS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,185 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A biography of the doomed monarch whose devotion to her cousin Elizabeth I, and her duty to her country left her executed. Through evocative visuals, the film examines her return to Scotland, the exhausting struggles between Catholics and Protestants, her marriage to Lord Darnley, and her relationship with the Earl of Bothwell. Thomas Imbach s film presents a queen who lost three kingdoms, a wife who lost three husbands, and ultimately, a woman who lost her head.

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2.6 out of 5 stars

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Five by Five on 9 Oct. 2014
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This is the tagline of the European produced movie Mary Queen of Scots by director Thomas Imbach. And it sums up the life of Scotland's tragic Queen perfectly.

Director Imbach wrote the film based on a biography by Stefan Zweig, a biographer and playwright, who's approach to Mary's story was told with more dramatic flair than the average biography. One of the main viewpoints from Zweig was that Mary had been in a position of power and command for so long that it drained her; when Bothwell caught Mary's eye he was commanding and took control of the situation taking the burden of rule from Mary's shoulders.

Indeed, this is a main theme of the film, as Mary struggles to gain control of her Scottish Kingdom, where all the lords are backstabbing and power hungry, an issue that Mary hasn't dealt with before. This is highlighted very early on when Elizabeth Tudor becomes Queen of England. Mary is determined that the new English Queen will love her, and when asked how she would get that she simply responds that she will charm her into loving her.

This is one of Mary's weaknesses that she believes will win over the Scottish Lords but sadly her charm is not what they want. They want her to command, and do what they want her to do. It's through this struggle of queenship and authority that Imbach gives us a human portrait of Scotland's Queen. A woman facing stress, rebellion and betrayal. And as she struggles through it we can see her pain; we can feel it as she rides along the Scottish grounds screaming at the top of her lungs. It's a relatable moment for anyone who has struggled to keep control of their life.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Paul Kennedy on 27 Oct. 2014
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I have been interested in the life of Mary Queen of Scots for a number of years now. In this time I've learned a lot about her, especially after reading 'Mary Queen of Scots' the Biography by Antonia Fraser, which is an exceptional book. (one of the best books I've ever read). A reviewer said that after reading this book, you'd get to know Mary.....Its surprising how well you do feel you get to know her. The woman that emerged in my mind after reading this book, was captured perfectly by Camille Rutherford!!

I felt Camille had the perfect mix of charm, elegance, attractiveness and vulnerability that were elements of who Mary was. I cant imagine Mary being captured better.

Her life story was covered well although I was disappointed by three important omissions, namely, her escape from capture at Loch Leven Castle, her apparent framing with the casket letters and the way she faced her final trial with dignity and courage. This was a disappointment but the rest of her story is captured so well and this is still an excellent film. I liked the way that Elizabeth I didn't appear expect in a painting, this stays true to the fact that Mary and Elizabeth never actually met and keeps the story firmly told from Mary's perspective, giving a real sense of her anguish.

Yes some of the film is in subtitles but then Mary's first language was French....If she spoke in a scots accent it would not have been true to life.

Despite the parts of the story missed out I cant give this less than 5 stars because Camille Rutherford was just so astoundingly good as Mary.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By elisheva guggenheim on 29 Nov. 2014
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With such a confused script even the
reference to Stefan Zweig( whose
classic and world famous biography of
Mary Stuart inspired the said script)
could not save this film from being
only second rate. What saves the film
from absolute mediocrity is the beauty
of the images -the cameraman did
a remarkable work - the beauty of
Camille Rutherford's face (this is the
kind of face that probably inspired french poets
like Ronsard and Du Bellay ...) and the
everlasting interest of the public for
the Elizabethan era and its dramas.

But all this is not enough to make a really
good movie: a good screenplay is an essential
element in every film. I'm looking forward to watching other
versions of the story, the one filmed by Charles Jarrot,
(with Vanessa Redgrave and Glenda Jackson) or
the older version, filmed by John Ford(with
Katharine Hepburn playing the Queen).

Elisheva Guggenheim-Mohosh, Geneva, Switzerland
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Oscar Freak on 30 Dec. 2014
Format: DVD
After reading the Antonia Fraser book this film is a very poor mans version of the life of Mary Queen of Scots, glossing over events that were crucial to the life story of her. OK to look at but the acting for me was passable. Not a film I would recommend!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By alison power on 27 Mar. 2015
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This film I hate to say it is truly awful. Disjointed to say the least. Utter rubbish and does a great injustice to Mary Queen of Scots! Totally disappointed and if there was a spot for no stars it would get. One of the worst films I have ever seen.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jack Ellen on 4 Nov. 2014
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Thomas Imbach's version of Mary Queen of Scots is based around Stefan Zweig's book Maria Stuart - a writer who explored the psychology of emotions, fallibility and suffering. If you're looking for fast-paced, easily-digested history, opulent sets and heaving bodices look elsewhere.

It's almost Shakespearean in its treatment of Mary's tragedy: the ghost of her private secretary/court musician Rizzio is a recurring motif, who at moments plays out Mary's relationship with Elizabeth using fire-lit puppets and depicts Mary's inner dialogue. Elsewhere, there are mournful and quite stunning segments of the Scottish landscape (which the director filmed on location himself) as a backdrop to Mary's letters to her cousin Elizabeth, also used with hand-held camera to illustrate her moments of trauma. Elizabeth is glimpsed as portrait, puppet or doppelganger, but forever elusive.

This is a Swiss-made film and reflects the European experience of Mary's story through Zweig's bestselling book or Thomas Schiller's play. It's refreshing to see Mary played with a French accent, and the dialogue shifts between English and French - actress Camille Rutherford was raised in France with an English father. She has great poise, portraying both Mary's youth and her regality convincingly. The rest of the cast is equally up to the task in hand: Mehdi Dehbi as Rizzio is particularly effective.

Imbach's film is art-house with a strong sense of drama, with key events told through the perspective of Mary's inner struggles with trust, religion and her treatment as a powerful woman in a male-run society. Her bell-jar life is depicted with shots viewed through lattice windows, obscured mirrors or bare forests.
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