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I rated this a three overall which was primarily due to the fine acting of Glenda Jackson and Vanessa Redgrave and the locations used in the film. I was extremely disappointed at the historical inaccuracies in this film, particularly the two meetings between Elizabeth and Mary which obviously never took place. Further to this Mary was portrayed as some kind of naive martyr throughout the film despite the numerous plottings she was involved in throughout Elizabeth's reign.
Daniel Massey was extremely lack lustre in his portrayal of Robert Dudley and did not come close to Robert Hardy's energetic performance in the 1971 mini series 'Elizabeth R'. An epic which still in every way outshines every film production of Elizabeth since. I would therefore look to this production as a more 'accurate' and engaging piece if you want to find out what really took place between Mary and Elizabeth.
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Initial post: 12 Aug 2011, 19:04:37 BST
S. Crispin says:
Totally agree on all counts - especially that the BBC Glenda Jackson version of Elizabeth 1 outshines all others. One comment on productions made at a similar time (1970s) - how leisurely the pace of acting was.
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