A veteran high school teacher befriends a younger art teacher, who is having an affair with one of her 15-year-old students. However, her intentions with this new "friend" also go well beyond platonic friendship.
This film details the ascension to the throne and the early reign of Queen Elizabeth the First, as played by Cate Blanchett. The main focus is the endless attempts by her council to marry her off, the Catholic hatred of her and her romance with Lord Robert Dudley.Written by
The scene where Sir Francis of Walsingham (Geoffrey Rush) is dining with Mary of Guise (Fanny Ardant) and the spurned Duc d'Anjou (Vincent Cassel), and the Duc tells Walsingham that he cannot marry Queen Elizabeth I (Cate Blanchett) because she is really a man, was in fact a nod to the legend of the Bisley Boy. In said legend, the child Elizabeth was sent away to a village called Bisley to avoid the plague, but she died, and was replaced by a pretty boy child, who then went on to become Queen Elizabeth I, thus suggesting that Elizabeth is actually male. See more »
Walsingham never went to Scotland during the period the film covers and never killed Mary de Guise. She died of dropsy. In fact Walsingham later went to Scotland to ensure James VI's succession of Elizabeth to the English throne. Walsingham is also portrayed as older than Elizabeth in the movie, but they were about the same age. See more »
Sir William Cecil, Lord Burghley:
Forgive me, Madam, but you are only a woman...
[cuts him off firmly]
I may be a woman, Sir William, but if I choose I have the heart of a man! I am my father's daughter. I am not afraid of anything.
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During the opening credits the camera hovers high above three people being burned at the stake, what an angle, as the fire consumes them in a maelstrom. The cineamatography was so incredibly creative, very Hitchcockian. One need not possess any knowledge of history to make sense of the plot and story. Like a good mystery there were subtle nuances. Glances between characters that foreshadowed events and interactions to come, such as the woman that betrays Norfolk, and the child that inadvertently reveals his father's hiding place. The story wasn't exactly historically accurate, but it got my 15-year-old interested in Elizabethen England. Call it artistic license. The movie was so lush, so complex that I easily saw it twice without becoming bored. Terrific acting, fabulous costumes, great staging.
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