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
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Originally, the cast & crew were signed on to film a biopic on Catherine the Great of Russia, with star Zarah Leander
in the title role, but once war broke out between Germany and the Soviet Union, Joseph Goebbels
ordered the film scrapped and the production team was told to make a film about Mary Stuart instead. See more
The arms of Scotland over the entry of the queen's castle was featuring a standing lion surrounded by fleur-de-lis. However the recreation of the arms in the movie shows a bear in the same position, without the fleur-de-lis. See more
Queen Elizabeth I. of England
He who lets himself helped by England, he dies.
Einst kommt zu Dir ein fremder Gast
Music by Theo Mackeben
Lyrics by Harald Braun
Sung by Zarah Leander
and Friedrich Benfer See more