Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Hollywood on the Passing of a Leader

Queen Elizabeth II has been laid to rest. The official coronation of a new sovereign, Charles III, will be held after an appropriate period. The spectacle will be elaborate.

Hollywood has been transfixed by the passing of leaders within all forms of hierarchy—government, industry, military, religion.

Herewith my list of favorite movies to which the passing of a leader is central:

Stalin Is Dead

The man who shot liberty valence

Goodbye Mr. Chips (Robert Donat 1939)

Lawrence of Arabia

Citizen Kane

All the King’s Men

Doctor Zhivago


The King and I

The Great Ziegfeld

Saving Private Ryan




Executive Suite

The Last Hurrah

El Cid

The Messenger: the Story of Joan of Arc


The Prince and the Pauper