A meditation on power and the metaphor of the body of state, based on the real episode of dementia experienced by George III [now suspected a victim of porphyria, a blood disorder]. As he loses his senses, he becomes both more alive and more politically marginalized; neither effect desirable to his lieutenants, who jimmy the rules to avoid a challenge to regal authority, raising the question of who is really in charge. Written by
Dan Hartung <email@example.com>
His Majesty was all powerful and all knowing. But he wasn't quite all there.
Did You Know?
For this film, Nigel Hawthorne
became the first openly gay actor nominated for an Academy Award. (Other actors who later admitted or were later confirmed to have been gay had been previously nominated, but he was the first actor who was already "out" at the time.) He then became frustrated that this was all the American interviewers wanted to discuss, rather than the film or the nomination itself. See more
Early in the film, as King George rides his horse, lawnmower tire tracks are visible on the field. See more
[shown the King's discoloured urine, evidence of his porphyria
Medicine, young man, is a *science*! It consists of *observation*! Whether a man's water is blue is neither here nor there.
Zadok the Priest
Music by George Frideric Handel
(as G H Handel) See more