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Elizabeth I

Helen Mirren , Hugh Dancy    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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Elizabeth I


Helen Mirren's Elizabeth I could almost be cousin to her Jane Tennison. Like the dedicated detective chief inspector, Queen Bess is not without a heart, but work comes first and any romantic entanglements are doomed to fail. Fortunately, she has her friendships. Directed by Tom Hooper (Prime Suspect 6), this two-part HBO/Channel 4 tele-film begins in 1579. The Virgin Queen has been on the throne for 20 years, but has not married. Her closest relationship is with Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester (Jeremy Irons), whom the council will not allow her to wed. Because Robert wishes to produce an heir, he marries another, garnering Elizabeth's disfavor (and nor is he all that thrilled about her dalliance with Henry, the Duke of Anjou). In time, he'll return to her good graces. As she explains, "Friendship outlasts love and is stronger than love." Then, as his health begins to fails, she'll turn to his stepson, the dashing, if duplicitous Robert Devereaux, the Earl of Essex (Hugh Dancy, the Hooper-directed Daniel Deronda). Meanwhile, Mary, Queen of Scots (Barbara Flynn) plots against her Protestant cousin. Even after Mary makes her exit, plenty of other powerful Catholics will stop at nothing to seize the crown. Marked as much by triumph as tragedy, the role of Elizabeth I has been catnip for many illustrious actresses, notably Bette Davis, Glenda Jackson, and Cate Blanchett. Mirren's multi-faceted portrayal of the queen's golden years is a worthy addition to that canon and Irons is a particularly formidable foil. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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5.0 out of 5 stars A thing of beauty in all respects June 27 2007
I am an unabashed, gushing Helen Mirren fan, due in large part to this piece of work. In Elizabeth I, this sumptuous, lusty look at the latter half of the Virgin Queen's reign, we are treated not only to the great range of Mirren's acting skill, but also to a beautifully told history lesson (there are very minor historial liberties taken; Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots likely never met, and if they did, it would've been a well-kept secret, as is intimated here).

In the first half of the story, we examine Elizabeth's complex and passionate relationship with Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester, played with great depth by the always terrific Jeremy Irons; we also look at the pressure put on her to marry and to secure the English Protestant Church, and at her difficulty in deciding to have her Catholic cousin executed. While I will acknowledge that the film does get off to a little bit of a slow start, I think that this is actually a good thing because the audience is so ready and yet so unprepared for the first time Elizabeth I loses her temper. The first half covers about 10 years and is extremely well done; the writing, directing, costumes, sets, and acting are all absolutely first-rate. Patrick Malahide, Ian McDiarmid, Jeremy Irons, and of course Dame Helen are all spellbinding in every scene, and with the exception of Irons (who does not appear in the second half for reasons I will not specify so as not to spoil anything for those who haven't seen it), their performances continue to amaze in the second half.

By 1589 things had changed a great deal for Elizabeth I; her reign is secure but her self-esteem is not.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Oct. 4 2006
By Zarcoff
It is a superior example of the era. The re-creation of whitehall palace is astounding! The movie starts off more with the retelling of Elizabeth's love for Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester, but later involves a heavier tone of political intrigue. Helen Mirren plays a fantastic role, with split second mood changes. This movie is a treat.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unquestionably brilliant in all departments June 1 2007
Helen Mirren,Jeremy Irons,Hugh Dancy,Toby James and a marvellously poignant and affecting Barbara Flynn as Mary Queen of Scots all shine and make this epic re-telling of Elizabeth I a joy from beginning to end. A superb script, gorgeous photography and breathtaking costume design make this a feast for eye and ear and were this to have been released as a feature film, undoubtedly Oscars would have abounded for all concerned. Mirren's actiong is a force of nature and inhabits her Elizabeth with a ferocity that is a wonder to see. This mini-series should be required viewing for anyone interested in history and also for anyone considering an acting,writing,directorial or cinematographic career.
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5.0 out of 5 stars dvd May 17 2014
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Very good dvd and lot of good memories about it I just adore it and recommanded it to all my friends
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good April 25 2012
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came to my home in a timely maner came to my home well packageed looked like it was new thoug hdid nt know it was 2 disked
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