Queen Victoria is deeply depressed after the death of her husband, disappearing from public. Her servant Brown, who adores her, through caress and admiration brings her back to life, but ...
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When Sarah Hopson realizes her successful high-rise New York lifestyle is devoid of meaning, she packs her bags and heads for her home town in the Scottish Borders to look for Sam, her ... See full summary »
Queen Victoria is deeply depressed after the death of her husband, disappearing from public. Her servant Brown, who adores her, through caress and admiration brings her back to life, but that relationship creates scandalous situation and is likely to lead to monarchy crisis. Written by
Though already in her early sixties, Judi Dench cites this film as the one that really launched her career as a film actress insofar as Hollywood was concerned. See more »
Benjamin Disraeli is shown being British Prime Minister in 1866. Disraeli did not become Prime Minister until February 27, 1868. Similarly, Sir Henry Ponsonby is shown as being the Queen's Private Secretary before 1866. Ponsonby did not become Queen Victoria's Private Secretary until after the death of Sir Charles Grey, the preceding Private Secretary to the Sovereign, on March 31, 1870. See more »
A film which carries extra appeal because of personal resonance.
Undoubtedly this film appeals to so very many because of the fine acting, the tenderness of a story about how a man comforts a great human being in her grief, the wit, and the careful re-creation of a period of history. For me personally, however, there was another appealing element - the highlighting of the differences between English and Scottish culture. This seems so often to be brought out very wittily by Sher's Disraeli - in his references to his suffering because of the weather and Scottish food, to this land of Calvin and Knox, and in his barbed comments to English churchmen that Her Majesty is actually becoming interested in Low Church Presbyterianism. It is because I can identify with such traits of character and belief from an Ulster Scot ancestry and because I often see others' failure to understand or appreciate those traits that the film has a degree of personal resonance.
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