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England, My England (1995)

| Biography, Drama, History
In 1960s, a British playwright attempts to reconstruct the life of real life 17th century English composer Henry Purcell even though little is known about him. Purcell's life is reenacted and his music performed.

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Tony Palmer
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Simon Callow ... Charles II
Michael Ball ... Henry Purcell
Rebecca Front ... Mary II
Lucy Speed ... Nell Gwyn
Letitia Dean Letitia Dean ... Barbara Palmer (Lady Castlemaine)
Nina Young ... Frances Purcell
John Shrapnel ... Samuel Pepys
Robert Stephens ... John Dryden
Terence Rigby ... Captain Henry Cooke
Bill Kenwright Bill Kenwright ... Bill
Murray Melvin ... Anthony Ashley Cooper, Earl of Shaftesbury
Corin Redgrave ... William of Orange
John Fortune ... Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon
Guy Henry ... James II
Peter Woodthorpe ... Kiffen
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In 1960s, a British playwright attempts to reconstruct the life of real life 17th century English composer Henry Purcell even though little is known about him. Purcell's life is reenacted and his music performed.

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At a height of six feet and two inches, Charles II was considered enormously tall by seventeenth-century standards. He is played by Simon Callow who is 5'7". See more »

Goofs

At 1:15:23, one of King Charles's chemical experiments causes the shed he's conducting it in to explode, but it's obvious when it collapses that no-one is actually inside it. Then, in the following shot, the royal family stumble out, although the shed they stumble out of still has three walls standing and we have already seen all four fall down. See more »

Quotes

Charles II: I do believe the devil shits Dutchmen.
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Alternate Versions

A version shown on BRAVO Television is 60+ minutes shorter with serious damage to plot and character. See more »


Soundtracks

King Arthur: Fairest Isle
Music by Henry Purcell
Performed by Lynne Dawson with English Baroque Soloists
Conducted by John Eliot Gardiner
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Simply the best produced film on a Baroque composer
30 January 2001 | by joe-1See all my reviews

Being a bit of a Purcell fanatic, it was only happenstance that I encountered this film. Channel surfing the local cable net, I noticed a listing for the film, which I recorded.

This film brilliantly captures the essence of the man and his music (as well as the tenor of the times). The acting, a bit downplayed, works well to give the story a positive spin, despite the various tragedies in Purcell's life.

I understand that the original version has some contemporary thread running through it. The version which was run on the BRAVO network in the US eliminated this component (for some reason which goes unexplained).

Overall, this film is an overlooked masterpiece....


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UK

Language:

English

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