|Language and/or Subtitles:||English|
|Availability:||Available at 39 Libraries 40 of 42 copies|
The British prime minister and the Royal Family find themselves quietly at odds in the wake of a national tragedy in this drama from director Stephen Frears. On August 31, 1997, Diana, Princess of Wales died in an auto accident in Paris; despite the controversial breakup of her marriage to Prince Charles, she was still one of the most famous and best-loved women in the world, and the public outpouring of emotion over her passing was immediate and intense. However, given the messy circumstances of Diana's breakup with Charles, official spokespeople for the Royal Family were uncertain about how to publicly address her passing. It didn't take long for the media to pick up on the hesitation of Buckingham Palace to pay homage to Diana, and many saw this as a sign of the cool emotional distance so often attributed to the royals, which in this case was widely seen as an insult against Diana and the many people who loved her. Prime Minister Tony Blair (played by Michael Sheen) saw a potential public-relations disaster in the making, and took it upon himself to persuade Queen Elizabeth II (played by Helen Mirren) to make a statement in tribute to the fallen Diana -- an action that went against the taciturn queen's usual nature. The Queen was released the same year that Helen Mirren played Queen Elizabeth I in an acclaimed miniseries for British television; The Queen also gave Michael Sheen his second opportunity to play Tony Blair after portraying the prime minister in the television film The Deal. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
-- Queen of Great Britain,
Blair, Tony, -- 1953- -- Drama.
Diana, -- Princess of Wales, -- 1961-1997 -- Drama.
Mourning customs -- England -- Drama.
Public relations and politics -- England -- Drama.
Funeral rites and ceremonies -- England -- Drama.
Great Britain -- History -- Elizabeth II, 1952- -- Drama.
England -- Drama.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
|Publisher|| Burbank, CA :Miramax Home Entertainment,2007
Jennings, Alex, 1969-
Syms, Sylvia, 1934-
France 3 cinéma (Firm)
Miramax Home Entertainment (Firm)
Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, James Cromwell, Helen McCrory, Alex Jennings, Roger Allam, Sylvia Syms.
Director of photography, Affonso Beato ; editor, Lucia Zucchetti ; music, Alexandre Desplat ; costume designer, Consolata Boyle ; production designer, Alan MacDonald ; hair and make-up designer, Daniel Phillips.
Rated PG-13; for brief strong language.
Includes English and Spanish language tracks, with optional Spanish subtitles; English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing; closed-captioned.
Title from container.
DVD release of the 2006 motion picture.
Special features: The making of 'The Queen'; audio commentary with director Stephen Frears and writer Peter Morgan; audio commentary with British historican and royal expert Robert Lacey.
DVD; Dolby digital; Region 1.
Golden Globes, 2007: Best Actress (Helen Mirren) ; Best Screenplay.
1 videodisc (ca.103 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.