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    Excellent film, saw it the other day. Had me captivated the whole way through. Anyone else seen it?

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    Yes, I must agree. Then again, as my favourite film is also Brief Encounter, I suspect we share the same taste in movies!!



    As I mentioned in a previous thread, it was good to see the excellent Sylvia Syms in a smallish role as the Queen Mother. Overall, I felt the acting was of a high standard and the Venice Film Festival award was richly deserved.



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    This was my favourite film of the year so far.

    It made me laugh and cry. The script should win an award or a hundred it was really spot on.

    I wonder how it is doing abroad? On IMDB it makes out not very well in the US.

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    I thought the Queen was why a lot of Americans came over to England and didn't they love Diana? After my last posting it says that it is opening at more screens over there now so maybe it'll be a slow burner...

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    The movie has been steadily building word of mouth for over a month now, going strong in two -then four- theaters in San Diego County. This week, it's been added to twice as many theaters as the previous week.



    Frears rarely disappoints me, but equaly rarely excites me.

    He's a decent director, who had an above avg. script, and at least one world class performer.

    So far, no serious contenders, to best Helen Mirren for top honers.

    As much as I love Rampling and Winslet. No one can challenge Mirren yet.

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    I saw the exceptional movie last night on dvd words can't descripe how good it is I'd highly recommend it!



    The Queen (2006)







    Helen Mirren's Oscar was Well deserved


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    How come it's gone straight to DVD then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moor Larkin
    How come it's gone straight to DVD then?

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    It seems to me that the time between theatrical release and DVD release is only around 3 months these days - e.g. Casino Royale out next week.

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    Great film offering a look at the more human side of Queen Elizabeth II. I think Helen Mirren is an absolutely amazing actress and this role offers her plenty of material to work with. She fits into the role of the monarch as snugly as your foot fits into a new shoe and her Oscar was 100% deserved. James Cromwell also deserves praise for his portrayl of Prince Phillip (some of his lines, especially the Hilda and Hector one, made me chuckle.) Michael Sheen too acts his heart out with his utterly convincing role as the then-new Prime Minister Tony Blair.

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    If I'm honest I found it fairly bland and given Michael Sheen's time on screen it should perhaps have been titled The Deal II. For some reason it reminds me of a Working Title tourist depiction aimed at projecting British caricatures; in fact I was expecting Rory Bremner to pop up in a couple of roles.

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    You have made some good points there DB7. One thing I can't help but notice is that the title "The Queen" indicates a biographical feel to the film when in reality it is only about the aftermath of Princess Diana's death and it has amost as much of Tony Blair as it has the Queen herself. Maybe it should be called "The Queen and her Prime Minister."

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    Quote Originally Posted by NathanC
    You have made some good points there DB7. One thing I can't help but notice is that the title "The Queen" indicates a biographical feel to the film when in reality it is only about the aftermath of Princess Diana's death and it has amost as much of Tony Blair as it has the Queen herself. Maybe it should be called "The Queen and her Prime Minister."
    It's the same team as The Deal and tbh I'd have liked to have seen some background to Diana's divorce and subsequent parting from the Royal Family. But Diana is a very hot potatoe subject wise and somebody you could only portray sympathetically (or the press would crucify Frears).



    Mirren is truly fabulous, it's Blair's character that seems part Spitting Image/part Rory Bremner. (tho Sheen is a very good actor, particularly in his real-life characterisations)



    I fully expect there's already talk of Part III to the story, probably Iraq and Blair stepping down.

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    I thought the theme of the film is how The Queen has had to adapt to changing times? Diana's death merely being the catalyst.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rskershaw
    I thought the theme of the film is how The Queen has had to adapt to changing times? Diana's death merely being the catalyst.
    I think Diana's death was one of the main themes. But it's all supposition and some if it a bit unfair; like the Queen's stiff upper-lipped response to Diana's death, but weeps over a slain stag.

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    I have only seen this film once and I quite enjoyed it but, for me, Sylvia Syms stole all the scenes she was in as The Queen Mother - I thought she was absolutely brilliant.



    YDSL x.

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    I think the slain stag killed by the shooting party was a parallel to the paprazzi slaying Diana - the Queen was portayed wonderfully by Helen M as deeply upset by the slags death which I think meant she felt the same to about Dianas death deep down and in private. What do you think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cookie123
    I think the slain stag killed by the shooting party was a parallel to the paprazzi slaying Diana - the Queen was portayed wonderfully by Helen M as deeply upset by the slags death which I think meant she felt the same to about Dianas death deep down and in private. What do you think?
    Frears claimed the stag was an analogy to the monarchy; something once proud and regal in need of culling. I'm sure Blair's memoirs will shed some light on events but the Queen's thoughts during such private moments will probably go to the grave with her.



    Apparently the Queen had deep concern during Maggie's reign as PM so beneath the regal facade she might not be as insensitive as portrayed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DB7
    Frears claimed the stag was an analogy to the monarchy; something once proud and regal in need of culling. I'm sure Blair's memoirs will shed some light on events but the Queen's thoughts during such private moments will probably go to the grave with her.



    Apparently the Queen had deep concern during Maggie's reign as PM so beneath the regal facade she might not be as insensitive as portrayed.
    Surely one thing the film did make clear was that it was because of the way they were brought up that they kept their emotions private and never made public displays of emotion. Look at the first reaction of Philip & the Queen Mum, effectively saying "It's nothing to do with anyone else, keep them all away"



    Frears might claim that about the stag. But I think that Cookie's reading of it is even more valid



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    Quote Originally Posted by Starry-Eyed
    I have only seen this film once and I quite enjoyed it but, for me, Sylvia Syms stole all the scenes she was in as The Queen Mother - I thought she was absolutely brilliant.



    YDSL x.
    She always is

    In some ways, Helen was too good. I sometimes forgot that it was an actress portraying the Queen. But all the main characters were portrayed very well - often scarily close to how I imagine the real people to be



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    Quote Originally Posted by Cookie123
    I think the slain stag killed by the shooting party was a parallel to the paprazzi slaying Diana - the Queen was portayed wonderfully by Helen M as deeply upset by the slags death which I think meant she felt the same to about Dianas death deep down and in private. What do you think?
    Intresting to read contributors' interpretations of the Stag; aka The Monarch of the Glen. I took it to represent the Monarch herself, being hounded by the media and populist politicians. The Queen is a huntswoman, but she is portrayed here as trying to protect the Stag from the hunt, as she empathises with it's endanger. However, I did smile to myself at the cinema. It's not the subtlest analogy, and both Monarchs do tend to be in The Highlands a lot, so that was convenient. When the Queen did see the dead animal, it had been beheaded. I nearly thought Frears was trying to suggest the Queen was scared of ending up like Charles I. But, err, I'm sure Frears did not intend that.

    I've never read his interview about the film.

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