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Title: A Royal Affair Director: Nikolaj Arcel Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Alicia Vikander, Mikkel Boe Folsgaard The official Danish Best Foreign Language Film Oscar entry, “A Royal Affair” charts the story of a passionate and forbidden love triangle that has consequences for an entire nation. Gorgeously photographed if familiarly constructed, the film is more or less catnip for urban foreign film aficionados and the NPR set, breathing life into period piece lust and intrigue, and in the process destabilizing stuffy notions of what monarchial drama entails. Based on a novel by Bodil Steensen-Leth, the film unfolds in the 1760s, telling the story of Queen Caroline Mathilda (the lovely Alicia Vikander, of the forthcoming “Anna Karenina”), a young [ Read More ]
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Director: Nickolaj Arcel
Running Time: 130 minutes
Let’s get this out of the way: A Royal Affair is film-making of the highest quality. From top-to-toe it drips with class and demands your attention. According to director Nickolaj Arcel the film is worryingly close to the true story of the Danish royal family in the late 1700: A Royal Affair focuses on Queen Caroline (Vikander), who is moved from England to take the throne next to King Christian VII (Folsgaard) an eccentric monarch she has never met. Meeting his newly appointed physician Johann Struensee (Mikkelsen) Caroline begins an affair that would change Danish history forever.
- Sam Carey
The team behind the original Danish version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo reunite for period drama A Royal Affair. It is the age of enlightenment in Europe, but in Denmark the nobility rule by oppression, supported by strong religious forces. Caroline Mathilde (Alicia Vikander) is married off to King Christian VII of Denmark (Mikkel Boe Folsgaard) before she even meets him. Having never left England before, Caroline is excited by the prospect of a “new life” and new language but disappointed to discover Christian has little interest in her.
When they first meet, the King is hiding behind a tree and initial interactions are believably awkward. It soon becomes clear, Christian is more than just disinterested when he orders her to “Move [her] fat little thighs and have a seat”. Described as “sick and tormented”, Christian certainly does enough to try anyone's patience – unashamedly sleeping with prostitutes, loudly reciting »
Paolo and Vittorio Taviani's Caesar Must Die Paolo Taviani, 80, and Vittorio Taviani, 82, were the big winners at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival. The Taviani brothers' documentary Cesare deve morire / Caesar Must Die, about a staging of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar in Rome's maximum-security prison Rebibbia — with the actual inmates playing the various roles, was the surprise winner of the Golden Bear at the 62nd Berlinale. (Caesar Must Die photo: © Umberto Montiroli.) “I hope that someone, going home, after seeing Caesar Must Die will think that even an inmate, on whose head is a terrible punishment, is, and remains, a man. And this thanks to the sublime words of Shakespeare,” Vittorio Taviani remarked. Through a translator, Paolo Taviani explained that "we chose Julius Caesar for one clear reason. We were working in a prison. That meant it was easy to get the message across with this play where actors are talking about freedom, »
- Andre Soares
4 items from 2012
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