The Virgin Queen - Anne-Marie Duff [DVD]
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Brand New & Factory Sealed. Region 2 PAL (UK & Europe). IMPORTANT: This is the official Czech release. The front cover is exactly as pictured and the back cover has Czech text. The film itself has optional Czech sound & subtitles on/off. ORIGINAL ENGLISH SOUNDTRACK - GUARANTEED > > > > > This is what history should be: full of passion and intrigue and drama. Lush in every possible way -- visually, emotionally, even musically -- this wonderful BBC dramatisation is a riveting retelling of the reign of the most famous daughter of Henry VIII. Anne-Marie Duff's (Doctor Zhivago) Elizabeth is a truly regal presence -- intelligent, aggressive, sly, capricious -- but also a genuinely human one, in a way that portraits of towering historical figures often fail to capture: she's conflicted, in pain, torn between a real sense of duty to her nation and desires of all kinds. For even as she fights her advisors and her Parliament for the right to rule alone, and without a man at her side, yet she longs for the one man she has always loved, and can never have, the married commoner Robert Dudley (Tom Hardy). Rarely has the concept of history as the culmination of small acts by individuals been so convincingly depicted...
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This miniseries was directed by Coky Giedroyc, a veteran of television productions in Britain, including another royal-themed miniseries, 'William and Mary', in 2003. Giedroyc brings an interesting modern twist to the series - rather than filming things in majestic, sweeping camera pans with classical music as a background, and rather than having the dialogue (and acting) be in a stilted, falsely formal style, Giedroyc incorporates modern music with medieval and Celtic flavouring to it (both of which have experienced a renaissance of sorts in the past decade), and the situations are decidedly modern without being out of place in their own times.
This presents the life of Elizabeth from her young adulthood under Queen Mary, as a supposed participant in intrigues against the Catholic Queen, through to her death after serving decades on the throne of England as the Virgin Queen, the queen who never married. In fact, the miniseries plays a tantalising game with Elizabeth's virginity, showing her desires (as well as those around her) without ever giving up the game of 'was she or wasn't she?' Anne-Marie Duff plays the part of Elizabeth, and does a remarkably able job for such a complex figure. Duff won the Irish Television award and was nominated for the BAFTA award for best actress in a television drama in another series, 'Shameless', last year.
Duff is joined by Tom Hardy, who plays the role of Robert Dudley, the favourite of Queen Elizabeth.Read more ›
The narrative traces Elizabeth's imprisonment by her sister Mary, Mary's death and her enthronement, through her tempestuous relationship with Robert Dudley (played consummately by Tom Hardy, portrayed as a very self-centered and arrogant man) and the emergence of Mary Queen of Scots as a rival, though unlike The Golden Age, where Mary plays a large role, in this version she is never actually shown, only discussed. A lot of the events are portrayed in discussion or letters as is the death of Dudley and the defeat of the Spanish Armada, though a stirring recreation of Elizabeth's speech to the troops at Tilbury is a highlight of the film. The film does well in it's use of real quotes together with more modern usage of conversation. Great costumes and scenery.
The death of Amy Robsart (Emila Fox) , Dudley's wife is portrayed as s suicide, though one that Dudley reacts callously to and the Elizabeth's rivalry with Lettice Knollys (Sienna Gillory) is part of the focus.
The l;at part deals with Elizabeth devotion to the young Robert Devereaux (Hans Mattheson) , Earlf of Essex, and frames Essex plot against Elizabeth as being intigated by his mother Lettice.
Anne Marie Duff portrays Elizabeth quite expertly. Effortlessly playing the role of a young Elizabeth through to her aging and death. Elizabeth is revealed as wise, strong, devoted to her country and people, at times capricious and ruthless when necessary. Her anguish at being forced to sign the death warrant of Mary Queen of Scots is revealed in a dream of herself being executed in Mary's place.Read more ›
Throughout the series, Anne Marie Duff portrays Elizabeth as fiery, fiercly independent, incredibly strong for a woman of her time, and a true leader - exactly how she really was.
All of the characters are believable and beautifully portrayed, especially Elizabeth and Dudley, who make this such a masterpiece. The producers couldn't have chosen their actors more perfectly, and with a fabulous set and lovely music, this is a series to treasure and watch again and again. If you are looking for an intense, beautifully portrayed love story and a perfect insight into England's history, BUY THIS NOW!
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Was quite good but not as good as the white queen series on the bbcPublished 8 months ago by miss Penelope smith