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
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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
You see that the King did not write his own speech, Mr. Pitt.
The King will do as he's told, Mr. Fox.
Then why not be rid of him? If a few ramshackle colonists in America can send him packing, why can't we?
Referenced in Ken Adam: Designing Bond
Zadok the Priest
Music by George Frideric Handel
(as G. F. Handel) See more