Friday, September 9, 2022

Recognizing Celluloid Kings and Queens

With the death of Queen Elizabeth II, time to consider my choices of the best films I’ve seen with monarchs and sovereigns as central or essential characters:


The Queen


The Favourite


The Prisoner of Zenda


Kismet (musical and non musical)


The King and I


The Scarlett Empress


The Rise of Catherine the Great


The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex


The Curse of the Golden Flower


The Prince and the Pauper


The Last Emperor


The Sea Hawk


The Madness of King George


Marie Antoinette (1938 and 2012)


Queen Christina


Mary of Scotland


Mary Queen of Scots


Elizabeth: The Golden Age


Victoria & Abdul


Elizabeth


The King’s Speech


A Man for All Seasons


Beckett


Julius Caesar


Cleopatra


Rasputin and the Empress


Nicholas and Alexandra


The Ten Commandments


Land of the Pharaohs


The Princess Bride


The Adventures of Robin Hood


The Crusades


A Lion in Winter


The Vikings



Eerie Coincidences: As I’ve related in the past, my dearest friend Dave Banks was a source of British royal intelligence, a worthwhile attribute for any tabloid journalist, as he was. Dave passed away last February in northern England where he and his wife Gemma lived in the quaint village of Crookham just miles south of the Scottish border.


Because he was a larger than life presence on Fleet Street, Gemma and their children Tash and Tim organized a commemorative gathering for London-based journalists who could not attend Dave’s funeral in Northumberland. It was held in St. Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, London, at 11:30 on September 8.


Dare I say it, how deliciously ironic that Queen Elizabeth died hours later.


When I related that coincidence to Gemma, she responded, “Especially as I was born the day she came to the throne.” 

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