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A Queen Is Crowned (1953)

A lavish documentary film of Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation in 1953.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Narrator (voice)
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Herself
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Himself - Duke of Edinburgh
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Herself - The Queen Mother
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Himself
Duke of Gloucester ...
Himself
Louis Mountbatten ...
Himself (as Admiral the Earl Mountbatten of Burma)
Edward Windsor ...
Himself (as Duke of Kent)
Bernard Fitzalan-Howard 16th Duke of Norfolk ...
Himself (as The Earl Marshal of England)
Basil Brooke 1st Viscount Brookeborough ...
Himself (as The Prime Minister of Northern Ireland)
Godfrey Huggins ...
Himself (as The Prime Minister of Southern Rhodesia)
Dudley Shelton Senanayake ...
Himself (as The Prime Minister of Ceylon)
Muhammad Ali Bogra ...
Himself (as The Prime Minister of Pakistan)
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Himself (as The Prime Minister of India)
Daniel François Malan ...
Himself (as The Prime Minister of South Africa)
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A lavish documentary film of Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation in 1953.

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The only full length Technicolor film of the coronation


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1953 (Austria)  »

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Eine Königin wird gekrönt  »

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(Gaumont Kalee Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Sir Laurence Olivier prerecorded the narration in May 1953 since the coronation rituals were known prior to the actual event. This allowed the footage of the coronation to be released almost immediately after it was shot on 2 June 1953. See more »


Soundtracks

All People That On Earth Do Dwell
(uncredited)
Traditional (The Old 100th)
Words attributed to William Kethe
Arranged by Ralph Vaughan Williams
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A spectacular and moving event..
27 May 2012 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

With Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee almost upon us the film of her coronation in 1953 has been restored and given a limited cinema release.

I had the opportunity to see "A Queen is Crowned" in a cinema.

It jaw dropping. The brilliance of the ceremony at Westminster Abbey is shown in its full glory.

Never have I seen such extraordinary images on screen.

The sheer power of Great Britain's history is on show. But the star must be Technicolor at the very end of the Technicolor era.

The beauty of the young Queen, the deep reds, gold, blues and greens that only Technicolor can offer are contrasted with grey exterior shots of a cold and wet London warmed by huge crowds and a massive military parade, perhaps the last flickering of an imperial Britian.

This not a film for everyone and as others have noted the slightly over the top commentary is jarring to modern ears but nothing can take away from the immense power of the event.

This is a film to be seen on a huge screen. The colour and detail is simply not visible on DVD even on a large television.


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