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The Heart of a Queen (1940)

Das Herz der Königin (original title)
| Biography, Drama | 1948 (USA)
While awaiting her unjust execution at the hands of the treacherous Queen Elizabeth I, the tragic Mary Stuart reflects at the series of cruel political machinations that set up her path to the scaffold.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mary Queen of Scots
... Lord Bothwell
Maria Koppenhöfer ... Queen Elizabeth I. of England
... Lady Johanna Gordon
... Prinz Henry Darnley
Friedrich Benfer ... David Riccio
Ernst Stahl-Nachbaur ... Jon Knox
Walther Süssenguth ... Lord Jacob Stuart
Odo Krohmann ... Lord Morton
Herbert Hübner ... Lord Arran
Emil Heß ... Lord Douglas (as Emil Hess)
Karl Haubenreißer ... Lord Balfour
... General Ruthven
... Eine der vier Marys
... Eine der vier Marys
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As the title "The Queen's Heart" suggests, this early German black and white version of Mary Queen of Scott's eventful reign and death focuses on her emotional perception rather lyrically, with some songs, mainly by her. Starting in the Tower, awaiting and receiving her sentence to the ax from the English court, where Elisabeth I chose to remain absent in person, we flash back to Mary's arrival after a long exile at the sophisticated, splendidly hedonistic French royal court, where she was raised as a Catholic, in her people's eyes effeminate or even depraved, elegant pleasure-accustomed lady, at utter odds with the stern Scottish protestantism of John Knox as well as England's Anglicanism. No less rugged and troublesome, even turning bloody, are Mary's affairs with Lord Henry Darnley, a Scottish-born dandy favorite Elisabeth sent her, who becomes Mary's unfaithful king-consort to give Scotland a male heir, James Stewart, and with true stern Scottish Lord Bothwell, who by any means -... Written by KGF Vissers

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Originally, the cast & crew were signed on to film a biopic on Catherine the Great of Russia, with star Zarah Leander in the title role, but once war broke out between Germany and the Soviet Union, Joseph Goebbels ordered the film scrapped and the production team was told to make a film about Mary Stuart instead. See more »

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Mary announced as a possible husband the Russian Czar, the Spanish infante, the king of Sweden and the German emperor. However the actual regents who asked to marry Mary were, beside the king of Sweden and King Don Carlos of Spain, also the king of Denmark, France, the arch duke Karl of Austria, the princes of Ferrana, Namur and Anjou as well as the Earl of Arran and the Earl of Leicester. See more »

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Mary Queen of Scots: They can take my crown. But not my right.
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Featured in Legenden: Zarah Leander (2001) See more »

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Nur nicht dran denken, nichts soll uns kränken
Music by Theo Mackeben
Lyrics by Harald Braun
Sung by Erich Ponto
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Quite a fine film!
29 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

A beautiful and moving film with some sequences of song and dumb-show leaving the spectator spellbound...a mix of the German sense of poetry and doom and of something almost like Bergman's Seventh Seal. Fine black and white photography, proper attention paid to every detail. Minor parts are all remarkable and even Birgel's swagger and Lotte Koch's half-dazed performance are intriguing. Zarah Leander at her best!


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