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


Gandhi


The King and I


The Great Ziegfeld


Saving Private Ryan


Braveheart


Spartacus


Gladiator


Executive Suite


The Last Hurrah


El Cid


The Messenger: the Story of Joan of Arc


Becket


The Prince and the Pauper

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