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


The King’s Speech

A Man for All Seasons


Julius Caesar


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.”