Mary, Queen of Scots (1971)


“[to Mary] Madam, you cast an evil spell on all you meet… except me.” – William Cecil

Number of Times Seen – 1 (13 Nov 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Biopic about the rivalry between Mary, Queen of Scots and her cousin Elizabeth I, the Queen of England.

My Take on it – This is actually a film that I’ve been interested in seeing for a while yet haven’t had the opportunity to do so.

Since it came up on my list of films to watch during my quest to watch all films that have had Oscar acting nominations, I finally decided to see what it was all about.

This is great depiction of the rivalry between these two powerful monarchs who vied for the throne of England.

The story is accentuated by the amazing performances by Vanessa Redgrave and Glenda Jackson as Mary, Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I respectively.

Redgrave is slightly better and was quite deserving of her Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her work here.

The pacing is done quite well and we get to see all of the political intrigued that was involved in this conflict between these two rulers.

The dialogue is really interesting to listen to as it helps allow us to get an even clearer picture of the way that the events depicted here move along to a final confrontation.

Bottom Line – Great biopic that works so much better due to the great performances by Redgrave and Jackson as the two powerful monarchs. The story moves among at a great pace and allows us to see how much political intrigue there was between these women as they vied to rule England. The dialogue is great and allows us to get a very clear picture of how the events depicted end up moving forward. Redgrave was deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her work here and was spectacular in this role. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – It took all day to set up the hunting scene, with Glenda Jackson in costume the entire time, as dog handlers and hawk handlers rehearsed their cues. The cameras finally rolled late in the afternoon, with the light beginning to fade and drizzle falling. The shot was perfect; everyone moved on cue. Unfortunately, one dog handler in a bright green shiny plastic raincoat released her hound, but forgot to stop where she was. She ran into the shot, ruining the take and wasting the entire day’s shooting. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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One thought on “Mary, Queen of Scots (1971)

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