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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Caught on Tape: Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria is such an iconic woman who reigned for a lengthy time on the throne of England. I would have imagined that there were many movies about Queen Victoria – but I was only able to find a couple.    Please let me know if you have seen any others.

The Young Victoria (2009)
“Eighteen-year-old British royal Victoria (Emily Blunt) ascends to the throne and is romanced by future husband Prince Albert (Rupert Friend) in this lush period film that chronicles the early years of the British monarch's larger-than-life reign. Produced by Martin Scorsese and Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, the Oscar-nominated film also stars Miranda Richardson as the Duchess of Kent, Jim Broadbent as King William, and Paul Bettany as Lord Melbourne.”
I can’t say enough things about this movie. It was beautiful, had wonderful music, and had amazing acting. This film focuses on the younger years of Victoria’s life and some of the early years of her marriage. Emily Blunt plays Princess Victoria and while at first I thought she might not be the best for the role, I loved her! The movie also stars Rupert Friend as Prince Albert and Miranda Richardson as her mother, The Duchess of Kent. You can read my entire review of this movie here.

Her Majesty, Mrs. Brown (1997)
“Grieving widow Queen Victoria (Oscar nominee Judi Dench) withdraws into sadness for years until plainspoken manservant John Brown (Billy Connolly) disrupts her mourning. But as their friendship grows, it results in personal and political ramifications for both of them. Exquisitely filmed and fueled by sparkling performances, director John Madden's period drama brilliantly portrays the woman behind an empire and the man who helped her live again.”
This film stars the indomitable Judi Dench as the widowed Queen Victoria – and boy does she ever look the part! This is a completely different film than the one listed above as the years after the death of her husband, Victoria was a very different person. She was more hermit like and was no longer the light of Windsor. Gerard Butler (whom I love in so many films) plays Archie Brown. This movie has won several awards.

The Story of Vickie (1954)
“Romy Schneider stars as a young Queen Victoria who flees London, and an arranged marriage to a German prince, to spend a few anonymous days in France. But when she falls in love with a mysterious stranger, she's in for the surprise of her life. Directed by Ernst Marischka, this charming love story also stars Adrian Hoven, Karl Ludwig Diehl, Magda Schneider and Christl Mardayn.”
The above listed plot sounds incredibly unbelievable – knowing what I do about Victoria – but could be an interesting adventure romance story. This film is in German and seems to have gotten very good viewer reviews on Netflix. I cannot find a trailer for this film but felt that this one should be included as it is a foreign film.

Have you seen any other Princess/Queen Victoria movies?

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  1. Young victoria has been on my to watch list for SO long!

  2. I've seen Young Victoria and recently reviewed it. I loved it! It's a wonderful view of Victoria's youth.

  3. LOVED the Young Victoria! The settings, the clothes, the actors, it was all brilliant.

    Haven't seen the other two though.

  4. Carrie - You have to see it! It is so beautiful.

    Carole Rae - I have been wanting to re-watch it for awhile.

    Jenny - wasn't it great? I have been interested in the Mrs. Brown one, but haven't had the chance to see it yet.

  5. I recommend 'The Mudlark'. Although it is the fictional story of a young orphan boy who finds an image of the Queen and is desperate to meet her, the portrayal of Queen Victoria (even to the slight accent) is brilliant. The film is an old black and white, but it is beautiful.

  6. I hate to admit I have seen neither movie. They have both been on my to watch list for years. I have a VHS of Her Majesty, Mrs. Brown, but we rarely watch movies t home and haven't gotten to it. I'll have to pull out all the classic movies I have one weekend this coming winter and have a film fest.

  7. Christina - thanks for that suggestion! I had not ever heard of it, but I love watching old black and white films.

    Librarypat - I too need to have a film fest - I have a whole bunch of Audrey Hepburn movies and some others that need to be watched.


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