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Wild liberties take the shine off Elizabeth: The Golden Age

29 September 2011 6:40 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Yes, the costumes are amazing. But too little actual history in Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth: part 2 lets ridiculousness reign

Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)

Director: Shekhar Kapur

Entertainment grade: C

History grade: E

In 1588, the Spanish Armada headed for England's shores.


The film begins in 1585, with Walter Raleigh (Clive Owen) flinging his new cloak over a puddle so Queen Elizabeth (Cate Blanchett) need not step in it. Later, he introduces her to tobacco, a potato and two Native Americans brought back from his transatlantic expedition. All this is more or less true, but it's hard to notice the history because the queen is wearing a giant chrysanthemum on her head. While the first Elizabeth movie faithfully reproduced Elizabeth's outfits from courtly portraits, The Golden Age kits her out in iridescent lace collars, foot-high plumes of exotic feathers, electric violet and lime-green satin, and marquee-sized gauze cloaks suspended from architectural hoops. »

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Frost/Nixon voted greatest on-air grilling | Media Monkey

27 September 2011 1:38 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

And the greatest broadcast interview ever is ... David Frost's interrogation of Richard Nixon in 1977. It wasn't a bad film either. This is according to visitors to the Radio Times website, which held a poll to coincide with the BBC College of Journalism's art of the interview season. A change of pace at number two – as far as I remember Nixon wasn't asked to choose his favourite tunes – with Morrissey's appearance on Desert Island Discs in 2009, and Victoria Derbyshire's recent quizzing of Ken Clarke about rape on BBC Radio 5 Live in third place. What else makes the list? Well, there's the Paxo and Michael Howard show from Newsnight from 1997, which comes fourth, Dennnis Potter's 1994 interview with Melvyn Bragg at number six, and at number 11, er... Michael Parkinson's infamous encounter with Rod Hull and Emu from 1976.

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