Thursday, April 21, 2011

Great Movies to Bead by....

The Young Victoria (2009)

Dominated by her possessive mother and her bullying consort,Conroy, since childhood, teen-aged Victoria refuses to allow them the power of acting as her regent in the last days of her uncle, William IV's rule. Now eighteen, the 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.

This film really shows the stuggles of this young (and longest reigning) monarch in both her personal and professional life. The costuming is lovely, but pay particular attention to the crowns and jewels (of course ;).

My favorite quotes:

Princess Victoria: [to her mother] Oh, and if you think that I will ever forget that you stood by silent and watched him treat me thus, you are dreaming!

Queen Adelaide:[ to Queen Victoria] You are confusing stubbornness with strength, my dear. And I warn you, the people will not like you for it.

The Madness of King George (1994)

The dementia of King George III -- the English monarch who lost the war to keep the American colonies -- ignites a flurry of political and familial treachery in this comical biopic that earned Nigel Hawthorne and Helen Mirren a pair of Oscar nods. Based on Alan Bennett's play, the film provides insight into the primitive medical practices of the time and co-stars Ian Holm, Rupert Graves and Rupert Everett.

Helen Mirren is incomparable as Queen Charlotte who boasted 14 children of her husband King George III. Needless to say, the costuming is beautiful. The big hairdos and the dresses that come out 3 feet from the hip are particularly interesting (and accurate). Iam Holme is fantastic as the doctor who is determined to 'cure' the King, and Rupert Everett is hilarious as the dowdy Prince of Wales who is bent on usurping the throne.

My favorite quotes:

Queen Charlotte:[ to the Prince of Wales] Come on, smile and wave. That's what you get paid for. Smile and wave.

Dr. Willis: If the King refuses food, He will be restrained. If He claims to have no appetite, He will be restrained. If He swears and indulges in MEANINGLESS DISCOURSE... He will be restrained. If He throws off his bed-clothes, tears away His bandages, scratches at His sores, and if He does not strive EVERY day and ALWAYS towards His OWN RECOVERY... then He must be restrained.

George III: I am the King of England.
Dr. Willis: NO, sir. You are the PATIENT.

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