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The Heart of a Queen (1940)

Das Herz der Königin (original title)
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.

Director:

Carl Froelich

Writers:

Harald Braun (novel), Harald Braun (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zarah Leander ... Mary Queen of Scots
Willy Birgel ... Lord Bothwell
Maria Koppenhöfer Maria Koppenhöfer ... Queen Elizabeth I. of England
Lotte Koch ... Lady Johanna Gordon
Axel von Ambesser ... Prinz Henry Darnley
Friedrich Benfer Friedrich Benfer ... David Riccio
Ernst Stahl-Nachbaur Ernst Stahl-Nachbaur ... Jon Knox
Walther Süssenguth Walther Süssenguth ... Lord Jacob Stuart
Odo Krohmann Odo Krohmann ... Lord Morton
Herbert Hübner ... Lord Arran
Emil Heß Emil Heß ... Lord Douglas (as Emil Hess)
Karl Haubenreißer Karl Haubenreißer ... Lord Balfour
Rudolf Klein-Rogge ... General Ruthven
Anneliese von Eschstruth ... Eine der vier Marys
Ruth Buchardt ... Eine der vier Marys
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Storyline

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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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

1948 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of the few dramatizations of Mary Stuart's story to correctly show Mary and Elizabeth never meeting with each other. See more »

Goofs

The court is showing letters written by Mary to prove her guilt. However in the later centuries it was said that these letters are fake as the actual letters were destroyed in 1584 and the copies didn't recreate the original content. Also it is not proven if the letters actually show her guilt on the murder if her husband Lord Henry Darnley. See more »

Quotes

Queen Elizabeth I. of England: He who lets himself helped by England, he dies.
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Connections

Version of Pulitzer Prize Playhouse: Mary of Scotland (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

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 platerSee 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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