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Queen Elizabeth: A Movie Review

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Queen Elizabeth(1998) |
Movie Review |
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Dami Oniga HP3G-08 |
11/19/2011 |

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Elizabeth (1988)
Directed by: Shekhar Kapur
Written by : Michael Hirst
Director of Photography : Remi Adefarasin
Edited by: Jill Bilcock
Music by : David Hirschfelder
Produced by: Tim Bevan
Cast
* Cate Blanchett as Elizabeth I of England
* Geoffrey Rush as Sir Francis Walsingham
* Christopher Eccleston as Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk
* Joseph Fiennes as Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester
* Richard Attenborough as William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley
* Kathy Burke as Mary I of England
* George Yiasoumi as Philip II of ...view middle of the document...

When Mary dies , Elizabeth obviously becomes Queen and was not prepared for it & doesn’t know how to make decisions & at the same time is being pressured to have an arrange marriage to produce a child . Elizabeth makes bad decisions and makes England weak and she becomes in danger for the throne. She begins an affair with Lord Robert Dudley , but to everyone he is not fit to be marrying the queen & some say he is already married .Elizabeth beings to be confused & doesn’t know who to trust. In the end she finds her one true lover, she sees who were really loyal to her & slowly begins to understand what is best for England.
Historical circumstances/rating:
In the sixteenth century, England was divided along lines of wealth and religion. The independence of the English church from Rome asserted by Henry VIII and retracted under Mary had been re-instituted under Elizabeth, who was excommunicated by Rome. Apparently almost half the population, however, including the older nobility remained Roman Catholic. This was in large part due to the resentment of the new mercantile class which was largely Protestant. As a ruler, Elizabeth was pragmatic, allowed Masses to be performed and even allowed the practice of Judaism, which was outlawed by the realm. For the first thirty years of her reign, the focus of the chronic plotting against her was centered on the Catholic Queen of Scots, Mary Stuart. The movie starts when Princess Elizabeth is thrown into the Tower of London, accused of plotting against her "sister" Queen Mary of England. This film is the telling of the early years of the reign of Elizabeth I of England and her difficult task of learning what is necessary to be a monarch. I would rate this movie a 3.5 - 4. It was good but the director should have given us background information. I...

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