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?
This movie is based on a play by Alan Bennett
called "The Madness of George III". An urban legend formed that the title was changed to prevent non-British audiences from mistaking it for a sequel to two other movies about "The Madness of George". Nicholas Hytner
clarified, that in the UK it would be obvious that "George III" was a King, but elsewhere this might not be so clear, hence the name change. (This does not rule out the sequel theory, as the numeral III was not mentioned by Hytner.) See more
In the very first shot, the door of the antechamber that Greville knocks on has the date 1862 carved into it (on the left-hand side). See more
I have You in my eye, sir. And I shall KEEP You in my eye until You learn to behave and do as You're told.
I am the King. I tell, I am not TOLD. I am the VERB, sir, not the OBJECT.
Played by the bell-ringers See more