Sunday, November 05, 2006

The Queen

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Saw The Queen today. It fascinated me. I would totally recommend it. I think the movie was far more compelling to me as I watched the cast play status. It is almost entirely a film about status--all the more interesting with the realization that it's not Helen Mirren playing Queen, but the rest of the cast giving her status. Watch also for the moment that Mirren gives status to Sylvia Syms' Queen Mum. She is at once transformed in those moments from a charming old woman who tends to murmur to herself to one worthy of her title.
Nice, nice stuff and just another example of how Shakespeare Camp has ruined me for the rest of the world.