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Superb Tudor drama of intrigue and love,
This review is from: Lady Jane [DVD] (DVD)
This excellent historical drama charts the life of Lady Jane Grey who was illegally declared Queen of England following the death of Edward V1, reigned for nine days and eventually executed.
The political intriguing are accurate, as well as Jane’s relationship with her parents, as is the scene where she is declared Queen.
Helena Bonham Carter is a perfect choice for Jane and bears a considerable likeness to a portrait of her, and Cary Elwes is excellent as her husband Guildford Dudley. The scenes between them are irresistible as they move from antagonism to love, and the last hour they are allowed together the night before their executions is devastating. Unfortunately their relationship in the film is almost certainly inaccurate, probably a complete reverse of the truth, additionally Jane’s confinement in the Tower is well documented and there is no mention anywhere of them meeting when imprisoned. However it would be a flinty hearted historian that begrudged us this touching love story, for once I say to hell with history.
The film is a feast of fine acting, sets and costumes, photography and direction. For all lovers of historical films this is a must.