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The Heart of a Queen (1940)
"Das Herz der Königin" (original title)

 |  Biography, Drama  |  1948 (USA)
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While awaiting her unjust execution at the hands of the treacherous Queen Elizabeth I, the tragic Mary Stuart reflects at the series of cruel political machinations that set up her path to the scaffold.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Willy Birgel ...
Maria Koppenhöfer ...
Lotte Koch ...
Axel von Ambesser ...
Friedrich Benfer ...
Ernst Stahl-Nachbaur ...
Walther Süssenguth ...
Lord Jacob Stuart
Odo Krohmann ...
Herbert Hübner ...
Lord Arran
Emil Heß ...
Lord Douglas (as Emil Hess)
Karl Haubenreißer ...
Lord Balfour
General Ruthven
Anneliese von Eschstruth ...
Eine der vier Marys
Ruth Buchardt ...
Eine der vier Marys


As the title "The Queen's Heart" suggests, this early German black and white version of Mary Queen of Scott's eventful reign and death focuses on her emotional perception rather lyrically, with some songs, mainly by her. Starting in the Tower, awaiting and receiving her sentence to the ax from the English court, where Elisabeth I chose to remain absent in person, we flash back to Mary's arrival after a long exile at the sophisticated, splendidly hedonistic French royal court, where she was raised as a Catholic, in her people's eyes effeminate or even depraved, elegant pleasure-accustomed lady, at utter odds with the stern Scottish protestantism of John Knox as well as England's Anglicanism. No less rugged and troublesome, even turning bloody, are Mary's affairs with Lord Henry Darnley, a Scottish-born dandy favorite Elisabeth sent her, who becomes Mary's unfaithful king-consort to give Scotland a male heir, James Stewart, and with true stern Scottish Lord Bothwell, who by any means -... Written by KGF Vissers

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Finnish censorship visa # 023650. See more »


Version of Pulitzer Prize Playhouse: Mary of Scotland (1951) See more »


Wo ist dein Herz?
Music by Theo Mackeben
Lyrics by Harald Braun
Sung by Zarah Leander
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Quite a fine film!
29 August 2001 | by (Paris, France) – See all my reviews

A beautiful and moving film with some sequences of song and dumb-show leaving the spectator spellbound...a mix of the German sense of poetry and doom and of something almost like Bergman's Seventh Seal. Fine black and white photography, proper attention paid to every detail. Minor parts are all remarkable and even Birgel's swagger and Lotte Koch's half-dazed performance are intriguing. Zarah Leander at her best!

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