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The Prime Minister (1941)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, History | 3 May 1941 (UK)
The biopic of the legendary Benjamin Disraeli, his rise from a foppish young novelist to a prime minister of England and confidante of Queen Victoria.

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The biopic of the legendary Benjamin Disraeli, his rise from a foppish young novelist to a prime minister of England and confidante of Queen Victoria.

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Plans to film a separate version of the film for American audiences were cancelled when Warner Bros. were so pleased with the film made for British audiences. It was simply edited for the USA release. See more »

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In the scene where the news of the Russian invasion reaches the House of Commons, the members pass the news down the rows, one by one. However, several of the members start sharing the news before they could possibly have heard it from anyone next to them. The scene looks good, but doesn't hold up to scrutiny. See more »

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Benjamin 'Dizzy' Disraeli, aka Lord Beaconsfield- Disraeli: In an autocracy, the leader is the people. Europe is at the mercy of the most ruthless band of autocrats the world has yet seen. I know these dictators, these men of blood and iron, they have one weakness; they are always in a hurry. Their god is power, and its kingdom is on this Earth. They are men without humility and without hearts. The virtues we hold dear they call weaknesses, and what we love they despise. They hold themselves a race apart, divinely ordained to rule the world to the ...
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Frühlingsstimmen (Voices of Spring) op. 410
(1882) (uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
Arranged by Jack Beaver
Played by the orchestra for dancing at Count D'Orsay's party
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Dismal Disraeli
6 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Obviously, this film was designed to bolster the morale of the Brits at the time of the Blitz, but couldn't Warner Brothers have been more careful with the flow of the picture? It begins, as many biopics do, by reducing a great person's life to a flimsy love story. Only later, when his wife leaves the picture, does this truly become a political film. John Gielgud, looking wispy and vaguely Disraelite, turns in one of his least believable performances, especially in the scenes where he plays the elderly Disraeli. The poor make-up job, and his ridiculously stereotyped "old man" facial features make some of those scenes almost unwatchable.

This is the second film from this era that I have recently seen (the other being "The Life of Emile Zola") where a studio can make a picture about a Jewish person without ever mentioning the "J" word. When a person's Jewishness is so central to the plot, pussyfooting around it is unforgivable.

From a historical perspective, my favorite parts of this film were the Disraeli harangues in which he is obviously rubbing salt in Chamberlain-the-appeaser's wounds. I'm sure Churchill would have loved watching those scenes.


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