And you thought modern day politics were dirty! Indian director Kapur takes a look at the turbulent life of Queen Elizabeth I of England (a brilliant Blanchett) from her uncertain days as a beseiged Protestant Princess to her ascension to the throne and the machinations surrounding her early reign. Elizabeth indeed proves to be her father's daughter as she must keep her head (literally) while dealing with religion, war, assassination, and the vexing question of a political marriage. Rush is notable as spidery spymaster Walsingham and Eccleston's hissably evil as the arrogant Catholic Duke of Norfolk. Wonderful shadowy cinematography by Adefarasin adds to the atmosphere but it does help to know some history in order to keep the plots and plotters straight.
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Running time 124 minutes.
Originally from British.
Oscars 1998: Makeup; British Acad. 1998: Actress (Blanchett), Cinematog., Film, Score; Golden Globes 1999: Actress--Drama (Blanchett); Natl. Bd. of Review 1998: Director (Kapur); Broadcast Film Critics 1998: Actress (Blanchett).
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