Elizabeth: The Golden Age

Elizabeth: The Golden Age

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Director: Shekhar Kapur

Cast: Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Clive Owen

     
 

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Actress Cate Blanchett returns to her Oscar-nominated role and director Shekhar Kapur steps back into the director's chair for this belated sequel to the critically acclaimed 1998 biopic Elizabeth that explores the 16th century romance between the "Virgin Queen" and noted adventurer Sir Walter Raleigh (Clive Owen). Michael Hirst teams with William Nicholson toSee more details below

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Actress Cate Blanchett returns to her Oscar-nominated role and director Shekhar Kapur steps back into the director's chair for this belated sequel to the critically acclaimed 1998 biopic Elizabeth that explores the 16th century romance between the "Virgin Queen" and noted adventurer Sir Walter Raleigh (Clive Owen). Michael Hirst teams with William Nicholson to pen the screenplay, and actor Geoffrey Rush returns to the role of Sir Francis Walsingham.

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As it stands on its own, Elizabeth: The Golden Age is a delightfully bombastic period melodrama, full of sex and war and beautiful dresses. Unfortunately, as a sequel to 1998's Elizabeth (which dealt with earlier events in the 16th century monarch's reign) it's a pale imitator to the throne. The original Elizabeth grandly showcased the epic nature of a historical turning point, while simultaneously succeeding as both a political thriller and a passionately doomed romance. Add to that themes about God, power, and the manifestations of masculinity and femininity, and you had something so incredible that simply calling it a "period film" would be like calling The Godfather just another gangster movie. This gave The Golden Age a lot to live up to as a sequel, and unfortunately, it would appear that director Shekhar Kapur just didn't attempt to do so on all fronts. That's not to say that Elizabeth: The Golden Age isn't a great film. While it may lack the power and subtext we're looking for, it still offers its share of stunning rises and falls in a somewhat historically accurate story, not to mention some fascinating glimpses into the inner lives of its characters. This comes thanks in no small part to lead actor Cate Blanchett, who handles the nuance of her larger-than-life title character with impossible ease. Rather than simply portraying a woman with alternate moments of fire and vulnerability, Blanchett creates a fully realized person, capable of being both stalwart and afraid, both powerful and unsure. A particularly impressive appearance is made by Samantha Morton, who, in a small role as Mary, Queen of Scots, evokes the intangibility of royalty perhaps best of all, with a hauntingly ephemeral performance. Failing in her bid to overthrow the English throne, she embodies the ghostly contradiction inherent in the life of a would-be monarch: she believes the crown is hers by Divine Right, and yet she is imprisoned by the lock and key of mortal men. This storytelling in The Golden Age differs greatly from its predecessor in that rather than grandly rising to each epic crescendo, it instead flows like water from one event to another -- be it the English defeat of the Spanish Armada or the forbidden love between a chambermaid and a privateer. This is indeed an odd choice for a movie built around such thunderous and high-flown happenings. Still, between its subject matter and its performances, The Golden Age can't help but be interesting -- or at least nice to look at when it lags.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/27/2010
UPC:
0025192046858
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Universal Studios
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:00:00
Sales rank:
13,096

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cate Blanchett Queen Elizabeth I
Geoffrey Rush Sir Francis Walsingham
Clive Owen Sir Walter Raleigh
Rhys Ifans Robert Reston
Jordi Mollà King Philip II of Spain
Abbie Cornish Bess Throckmorton
Samantha Morton Mary Stuart
Tom Hollander Sir Amyas Paulet
Antony Carrick Spanish Archbishop
David Threlfall Dr. John Dee
Eddie Redmayne Thomas Babington
John Shrapnel Lord Howard
Laurence Fox Sir Christopher Hatton
Adrian Scarborough Calley
Steven Robertson Francis Throckmorton
Tim Preece Actor
Sam Spruell Actor

Technical Credits
Shekhar Kapur Director
Remi Adefarasin Cinematographer
Nick Angel Musical Direction/Supervision
Craig Armstrong Score Composer
Tim Bevan Producer
Jill Bilcock Editor
Alexandra Byrne Costumes/Costume Designer
Jonathan Cavendish Producer
Liza Chasin Executive Producer
Guy H. Dyas Production Designer
Eric Fellner Producer
Debra Hayward Executive Producer
Michael Hirst Executive Producer,Screenwriter
William Nicholson Screenwriter
A.R. Rahman Score Composer
Mary Richards Co-producer
Jenny Shircore Makeup
Fiona Weir Casting

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Scene Index

Deleted Scenes; The Reign Continues: Making Elizabeth: The Golden Age; Cate Blanchett, Clive Owen and Geoffrey Rush join Director Shekhar Kapur in this exclusive look at how the next chapter in the monarch's life came to the big screen; ; Inside Elizabeth's World; Discover the Secrets behind the film's elaborate Production Design; ; Commanding The Winds: Creating the Armada; An Insider's look at how the film's massive ships and dramatic battles were created; ; Towers, Courts and Cathedrals; Explore the Historic and Sacred Locations that provided the glorious settings for the film; ; Feature Commentary with Director Shekhar Kapur; ; D-Box Motion Enabled

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