Elizabeth II in cinema. What did the Queen look like on screen?

On the evening of September 8, Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain died. The 96-year-old monarch in her long life managed not only to catch the heyday of mass culture, but also to become part of it. The coronation ceremony of Elizabeth II, which took place in 1953, was broadcast on British television. It is believed that this event played a huge role in the popularization of television broadcasting.

Many films have been made about Elizabeth II, both documentaries and feature films. They help to understand what the life of a monarch is like, and also tell about the personality of the most famous queen of our time.

1. London vacation

A Royal Night Out

  • UK, 2015.
  • Drama, comedy.
  • Duration: 97 minutes.
  • IMDb: 6.5.

1945 Europe celebrates victory over Germany. In honor of the significant event, the sisters Margaret and Elizabeth are allowed to leave Buckingham Palace for the night. So they find themselves in the center of London, joyful, but not at all royal.

The director of the film was Julian Jarrold, known for the films Jane Austen, Crime and Punishment and the TV series The Crown. The film shows the human nature of the royal family . The sisters have the same feelings and desires as ordinary Englishmen. But they can only be real for one night. After Margaret and Elizabeth are required to return to their royal status.

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2. Crown

The Crown

  • UK, 2016.
  • Drama, history, biography.
  • Duration: 4 seasons.
  • IMDb: 8.7.

The series begins with the wedding of Elizabeth and Philip and tells about the decades of the reign of the monarch. Elizabeth tries not to lose her power and influence, learns to find a common language with the changing prime ministers and solves family problems along the way. It turns out that the life of the queen is not only participation in magnificent events, but also loneliness.

Both the audience, who give high marks, and the critics, who have already given the project seven Golden Globe awards, are delighted with the series. The fifth season of the series will be released in autumn. The sixth was in the process of filming, but they were suspended due to mourning.

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3. Queen

The Queen

  • UK, USA, France, Italy, 2006.
  • Drama, biography.
  • Duration: 103 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.3.

Queen Elizabeth II is trying to recover from the tragic death of Princess Diana. The monarch locks herself in Balmoral Castle with her family and announces to the courtiers that there will be no public funeral . But the young Prime Minister Tony Blair insists on them, because he believes that this will help unite the country, as well as maintain the loyalty of the population to the royal dynasty.

The film was directed by Stephen Frears, who directed Dangerous Liaisons and Night Falls. The role of the queen was played by Helen Mirren, who received an Oscar for her performance. The picture demonstrates how difficult it is to combine personal life, royal duties and political decisions. No wonder the film begins with Shakespeare’s quote “There is no rest for the head in the crown.”

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4 Elizabeth: The Invisible Queen

Elizabeth: The Unseen Queen

  • UK, 2022.
  • Documentary.
  • Duration: 76 minutes.
  • IMDb: 7.3.
Frame from the film “Elizabeth: The Invisible Queen”

A fresh documentary in which Elizabeth shares stories from her life. Among other things, she tells about her first foreign tour and engagement – only decades later, the queen revealed the secrets of some of the events of her biography. The film also uses personal video footage of the ruling family. Elizabeth: The Invisible Queen gives you a behind-the-scenes look at what the life of today’s monarchs looks like from the inside.

5. Elizabeth I and II: Golden queens

Elizabeth I and II: The Golden Queens

  • UK, 2021.
  • Documentary.
  • Duration: 89 minutes.
Frame from the film “Elizabeth I and II: Golden Queens”

In 1558, 25-year-old Elizabeth I ascended the throne. She was in power until 1603, her reign is commonly called the “golden age of England” – Shakespeare , Marlowe, Bacon worked under her, the East India Company opened, the Spanish fleet was defeated. In 1952, a 25-year-old girl again became queen – this time Elizabeth II.

The documentary compares two queens whose fates were in many ways similar. Women had to fight for influence with their family members and listen to reproaches due to their young age, but they both managed to withstand the test. Both led the country for a long time, and during their reign the world has changed a lot. Over the course of two series, experts find other details that unite the two Elizabeths.

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