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Elizabeth: A Portrait in Parts

Roger Michell | 2022 | 89 MINS
UK
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From the director of The Duke, Roger Michell, comes this nostalgic yet fresh chronicle of the extraordinary reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

In Detail

This fascinating documentary is a wide-ranging and affectionate without being entirely uncritical. There are passing mentions of Diana’s death, Prince Andrew’s car crash BBC interview, the fire at Windsor Castle, a tearful farewell to Royal yacht Britannia, the transition from Empire to Commonwealth, the many misjudgements and setbacks.

Elizabeth is also a portrait of a lost Britain marked by street parties and unquestioning deference. The whole country stops as a mark of respect for King George VI’s funeral and the Silver Jubilee is a cause for community celebrations and bonfires across the land.

The lasting impression is of a woman who has weathered storms, remaining a figure of stability as Prime Ministers have come and gone and the world has changed beyond recognition.

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