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In the film, when Elizabeth arrives at St. Paul's Cathedral, construction is going on. In real life, St. Paul's actually needed repair work. Director Shekhar Kapur decided to improvise, and gave the workers costumes and period tools to cut real stone that was being installed in the cathedral. The workers in the scene are real-life stonemasons and construction workers.
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Director Shekhar Kapur felt that color should reveal a character's internal life. Costume designer Alexandra Byrne did not want to use blue on Elizabeth because it was not a period color. Shekhar felt that blue was the color of yearning and aspiring, and he wanted to portray Elizabeth as yearning to be divine and immortal. Likewise, he conveyed Elizabeth's close relationship with Bess by showing them in similar colors and gown styles. As their relationship deteriorates, their colors contrast or clash.
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To save money, only one ship replica was built. It was Raleigh's English vessel on one side and a Spanish galleon on the other. When filming wide shots of the deck, smoke was used to cover up any separation in design.
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Mary, Queen of Scots, was not originally part of the Babington Conspiracy. Sir Francis Walsingham, who wanted an excuse to have her convicted of a capital crime, got one of the conspirators to act as a double agent and entrap her.
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Although not depicted, Robert Dudley was overall commander of the British forces during the Armada invasion.
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Director Shekhar Kapur filmed Elizabeth's personal time (ex. bathing) in circular sets to reflect the infinite questioning of her mind, aspiring to a different kind of freedom and exploration. He filmed Elizabeth's professional moments (ex. throne room) in rectangular rooms that enclosed her with straight walls and corners.
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The scene where Bess learns to dance the Volta required Abbie Cornish to be lifted in the air every six beats. Numerous retakes left Cornish sore, with trouble walking, the next day.
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El Escorial, the Spanish King's palace, is really London's Westminster Cathedral. Since it's a functioning church, the production team had to wait until the last evening confession was done, strip the interior of everything recognizably modern, shoot every scene during the night, then put everything back in place by morning mass.
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The scene of Raleigh leaving English shores to go into battle was originally filmed as his arrival to England from the New World. It was much earlier in the film, with completely different dialog.
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Eddie Redmayne played different roles in competing Elizabeth movies. In Elizabeth I (2005), he played the traitor Southampton. In this film he played another traitor, Thomas Babington.
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Cate Blanchett was the presenter who awarded Eddie Redmayne the 2015 Oscar for Best Actor, for his portrayal of Dr. Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything (2015).
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When Elizabeth is shown her suitors, Christopher Hatton stands next to a table with a model of William Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on it.
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Though not acknowledged in the credits, the cathedral interiors shown just after the marriage of Sir Walter and Bess are in Wells Cathedral. The camera stops just short of the cathedral's famous "scissor arches."
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Elizabeth's jewelery was made by Erickson Beamon of Belgravia. Her plumed hats were designed by Stephen Jones, Christian Dior's milliner.
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With her Oscar nomination for Best Actress, Cate Blanchett became the first female to receive Academy Award nominations for playing the same character.
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When Elizabeth is conferring with her advisors about the impending arrival of the Spanish Armada in the large room whose floor is a map (@1:21) on the floor is the Burghley Nef (a partly-gilt salt cellar resembling a late medieval ship sitting atop the back of mermaid who rests on a hexagonal base of rippling waves with six ball-and-claw feet). The Burghley Nef was made in Paris in 1527-28 and rediscovered in Burghley House (home of Lord William Cecil) in 1956.
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Clive Owen jumped at the chance of appearing in the film as he was a huge fan of the first movie.
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Mary Stuart, played by Samantha Morton, was the daughter of Mary of Guise, who was played in Elizabeth (1998) by Fanny Ardant.
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Cate Blanchett had traveled to India in the early 2000s and had been enamored with everything about the country. It was she who persuaded director Shekhar Kapur to hire A.R. Rahman for the soundtrack.
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The color palette for this film is much brighter than the first movie. That's because Elizabeth is a lot surer of herself, whereas in the previous film she was racked by self-doubts.
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Elizabeth speaks German to Charles II, Archduke of Austria. There is in fact no historical evidence of Elizabeth having learned German. It is more like that, if they did not converse in English, they would have done so in Spanish, which Elizabeth was known to have learned, and Charles certainly would have, since one branch of the Hapsburg family was Spanish.
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Angharad Rees designed some of the jewelry worn by Queen Elizabeth and her ladies in waiting. Pieces from Rees' Qing Dynasty Collection appear throughout the film.
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Release prints were delivered to theaters with the fake title 'Minelli'.
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Never mentioned, but the Duke of Norfolk and Queen Elizabeth are 2nd cousins.
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All through the story Elizabeth wears wigs. In the pre-battle scene at 1h 28m she is seen to be wearing the hair of a peasant or lower class woman, a World away from the hair of a monarch. The fine suit of armour however, gives the whole game away. Only the much higher classes could afford such.
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The words Mary, Queen of Scots, mouths before being executed are "I forgive you with all my heart." They are rumored to be her last words, spoken to the executioner when he asked her forgiveness.
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