Elizabeth

Elizabeth

The Golden Age = Elizabeth : L'âge D'or

DVD - 2008
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Queen Elizabeth struggles with familial betrayal, an invading army from Spain, and her love for the dashing Walter Raleigh.
Publisher: [Universal City, Calif.] : Universal ; Toronto : Distributed by Universal Studios Canada, c2008.
Branch Call Number: FIC Eliza 6998tc 3
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Characteristics: 1 videodisc (115 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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Winner for Best Costume Design, 2008 (Alexandra Byrne)


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Nursebob
Sep 09, 2017

As usual with any big screen costume drama historical accuracy takes a backseat to sheer spectacle, and Kapur delivers spectacle in spades. The palatial sets, opulent outfits, and computer-generated sea battles are breathtaking and a cast of A-listers (among them Geoffrey Rush as Walsingham; Samantha Morton as Mary Queen of Scots; Jordi Mollà as Philip II of Spain) are certainly strong enough to be heard above the visual din. But the film’s gushing patriotism insists on bathing Elizabeth in ethereal light—at one point she literally glows as the camera spins giddily about her and in another scene she delivers an inspired oration atop a white horse, gathering storm clouds reflecting off her immaculate armour—while at the same time demonizing Philip and his papist hordes. Coupled with a soundtrack of thundering orchestras and straining choirs that border on epic overkill, Kapur pushes his production dangerously close to Marvel Comics territory with England’s Wonder Woman facing off against Spain’s Darth Vader. But the performances are superb, the sense of history in the making palpable, and the aforementioned spectacle flies right off the screen and into your face.

A grand film in its own right but a fine sequel to Elizabeth I. Fine acting, writing, and direction. But what is truly stellar are the costumes (Oscar winning) and production design. Simply stunning. A visual feast.

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RescueDog
Oct 04, 2016

Enjoyable movie. Acting was quite good. Set in the actual cathedrals & palaces that existed in the period. The settings alone made the movie worth watching. Every woman in England would have been in love with Sir Walter Raleigh if he was really the man he was portrayed to be by Clive Owen. (I don't know if he was or not)

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rslade
Mar 03, 2016

Not quite as much art film as the first, but still has that feel.

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beckythecat1
Nov 25, 2014

this film would be interesting to either history buffs or British lovers. fairly dull and some stretches of history. maybe good for middle school girls who have princess dreams?

Shsunon Sep 30, 2013

Great costumes -----lots of focus on the Spanish Armada-----Cate was wonderful!!

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RichardPaul
May 30, 2013

Elizabeth - The Golden Age - - - - (DVD - 2008 Historical Fiction) ---- Cate Blanchett did a real fine job: in her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth (1533 - 1603). Protecting England with all her heart. ---- I will watch this movie many times as you probably will. ---- ---- The Performers are: Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Clive Owen, Rhys Ifans, Jordi Mollà, Abbie Cornish, Samantha Morton, Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hollander, Adam Godley, David Threlfall ---- ---- MPAA Rating : PG - 13 ---- ---- ---- ---- Enjoy! ---- RichardPaul (finished 5 - 29 - 13)

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VRMurphy
Apr 29, 2013

The first one was a more gripping film, but this is still worth watching. Cate Blanchett always stellar, ditto Geoffrey Rush, and Clive Owen as a dashingly piratical Raleigh is VERY entertaining. Excellent supporting cast as well.

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akirakato
Feb 23, 2013

This is a 2007 sequel to the 1998 film "Elizabeth," directed by Shekhar Kapur.
It stars Cate Blanchett in the title role and is loosely based on events during the latter part of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England.
Walter Raleigh (Clive Owen) is presented at Elizabeth's court, having returned from the New World, and offers her potatoes, tobacco, two Native Americans, and gold from Spanish ships.
Elizabeth is attracted to Raleigh, enthralled by his tales of exploration, and asks Elizabeth Throckmorton (Abbie Cornish) (nicknamed Bess), her most favoured lady-in-waiting, to observe him.
Bess also finds Raleigh attractive and secretly begins an affair with him.

Raleigh asks to leave for the New World, which Elizabeth forbids, instead knighting him and making him Captain of the Royal Guard.
Bess discovers she is pregnant with Raleigh's child and, after telling him the news, she pleads with him to leave.
He chooses not to, and the couple marry in secret.
At the same time, Elizabeth awakes during a dream as the wedding is taking place.
She confronts Bess a few weeks later, who confesses that she is indeed pregnant with Raleigh's child, and that Raleigh is her husband.
An enraged Elizabeth berates Bess, slapping her and beating her, reminding her that she cannot marry without royal consent.
Feeling betrayed, the queen banishes Bess from court and has Raleigh imprisoned for the crime of seducing a ward of the Queen.

The Armada begins its approach up the English Channel, and Elizabeth forgives Bess and sets Raleigh free to join Sir Francis Drake in the battle.
Elizabeth gives her Speech to the Troops at Tilbury seated on a war horse wearing full plate armour.
The Spanish ships and army vastly outnumber England's, but at the last moment, a major storm blows the Armada towards the beaches, endangering their formation and ships.
They drop anchor, and the Armada becomes a sitting duck for English fire ships.
Elizabeth, back at her coastal headquarters, walks out to the cliffs and watches the Spanish Armada sink in flames.
Philip's plan is shattered.

Elizabeth visits Raleigh and Bess and blesses their child.
Elizabeth seemingly triumphs personally through her ordeal, again resigned to her role as the Virgin Queen and mother to the English people.
It becomes an interesting and fascinating human drama if you consider the whole film as a triangle love story.

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GZZ
Aug 10, 2012

Amazing acting, great directing, superb soundtrack, certainly better then the original.

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Monolith
Apr 10, 2012

Queen Elizabeth I: How many Catholics are there in England, sir? Cabinet Minister #1: Immense numbers, Majesty. Cabinet Minister #2: Half the nation cling to the old superstitions. Queen Elizabeth I: What would you have me do? Hang half the people in England, or just imprison them? Minister #2: We must act, Majesty! Our inaction is perceived as weakness! Queen Elizabeth I: If my people break the law, they shall be punished. Until that day, they shall be protected. Minister #1: Majesty, we have proven reason to fear every Catholic in the... Queen Elizabeth I: Fear creates fear. I am not ignorant of the dangers, sir. But I will not punish my people for their beliefs. Only for their deeds. I am assured that the people of England love their Queen. My constant endeavor is to earn that love.

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Monolith
Apr 10, 2012

(after an expedition in the New World, Raleigh has founded a colony) Sir Walter Raleigh: "We have named it Virginia, after our Virgin Queen." Queen Elizabeth I: " "Virginia"? And when I am married, will you rename it to "Conjugia"?"

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Monolith
Apr 10, 2012

Sir Walter Raleigh: "How am I to win the Queen's favor?" Bess Throckmorton: "Why should I tell you that?" Sir Walter Raleigh: "I've little enough to offer, but whatever I have to give, ask and it's yours." Bess Throckmorton: "Say what you mean to say as plainly as possible. All men flatter the Queen in hope of advancement. Pay her the compliment of truth."

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Monolith
Apr 10, 2012

Sir Walter Raleigh (to Queen Elizabeth I): "Can you imagine what it is to cross an ocean... For weeks you see nothing but the horizon - perfect and empty... You live in the grip of fear... Fear of storms; fear of sickness on board; fear of the immensity... So you must drive that fear down deep into your belly. Study your charts, watch your compass. Pray for a fair wind, and hope... pure... naked... fragile hope..."

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Monolith
Apr 10, 2012

Sir Walter Raleigh: "...At first, it's no more than a haze on the horizon. So you watch... you watch... then it's a smudge, a shadow in the far water. For a day, for another day, the stain slowly spreads along the horizon, taking form... Until on the third day, you let yourself believe, you dare to whisper the word.. Land... Land... Life... Resurrection... A true adventure, coming out of the vast unknown, out of the immensity... into new life... That, Your Majesty, is The New World." Queen Elizabeth I: "I like your immensities. Your ocean, is an image of eternity, I think. Such great spaces make us - small. Do we discover The New World Mr. Raleigh, our does The New World discover us?"

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Monolith
Apr 10, 2012

Queen Elizabeth I: "Are you here to tell me I must murder a Queen?" Sir Walter Raleigh: "I would never presume to tell my Queen what to do. Only you know where your duty lies." Queen Elizabeth I: "Was it my father's duty to murder my mother? She was a Queen, for a time. Oh, I would be loath to die such so bloody a death." Sir Walter Raleigh: "Since when were you so afraid?" Queen Elizabeth I: "I'm always afraid." Sir Walter Raleigh: "Kill a Queen and all Queens are mortal. We mortals have many weaknesses: we feel too much, hurt too much, all too soon we die, but we do have the chance of love." Queen Elizabeth I: "Do we? I have given England my life. Must she also have my soul?"

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Monolith
Apr 10, 2012

Queen Elizabeth I: (to her army) "My loving people. We see the sails of the enemy approaching. We hear the Spanish guns over the water. Soon now, we will meet them face-to-face. I am resolved, in the midst and heat of the battle, to live or die amongst you all. While we stand together no invader shall pass. Let them come with the armies of Hell; they will not pass! And when this day of battle is ended, we meet again in heaven or on the field of victory."

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Sexual Content: Brief nudity.

Violence: War, hanging, and beheading.

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