Saturday, August 26, 2006

All Bow

Overnight the trailer popped up for Stephen Frears' new film, The Queen, which stars Helen Mirren as, well, the queen.

There is something incredibly audacious about releasing a film that covers this subject matter (the death of the Princess of Wales), from this viewpoint (that of the queen herself, her family and the Prime Minister) and in what seems to be a grounded and introspective manner (there is little here to remind us of the appallingly sensationalist docu-dramas of the early nineties).

One wonders, with respect to a production such as this, how much involvement these public figures have had in the development. While the film doesn't appear to be seeking to spark discussion on any specific agenda, it is speaking with the queen's voice and casting the incomparable Helen Mirren in the role can only further cement this conceit.

The film looks astoundingly good. It is hard to hear what is going on in the trailer because there is some serious Oscar buzz. Frears is a consummate film maker who has delivered some classics (My Beautiful Laundrette, Dangerous Liaisons) and looking back at his oeuvre I am astounded at the classics I have missed (The Grifters, Prick Up Your Ears).

Get thee hence and greet The Queen

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At 10:45 am, Blogger richardwatts said...

You haven't seen Prick Up Your Ears? Outrageous - you must!

At 10:49 am, Blogger Mike Scott said...

Leave me be, I'm already nursing a gaping hole in my film experience without you rubbing salt into it!

You'll be at me for not having seen Casablanca next. ; )

At 9:38 pm, Blogger richardwatts said...

How about Double Indemnity or Sunset Boulevard? If you tell me you haven't seen wither we so have to have a DVD night.

At 12:03 am, Blogger Mike Scott said...

Sunset Boulevard, yes.

Double Indemnity, no...

At 5:42 am, Blogger richardwatts said...

DVD night! DVD night!

At 9:16 am, Blogger RC said...

this film seems very exciting, especially helen mirren's involvement with it.

in a way it reminds me of the upcoming film "Bobby" as well, just a little more recent and centering in on the effects of others.

--RC of


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