I couldn’t bear this movie, although Ms. Blanchett looks enough like old paintings of Good Queen Bess (of preventive beheading fame). It’s full of all the old cliches of cardboard historical movies, but they haven’t been the same since ‘A Man for All Seasons’. I didn’t like anything in this stupid movie except Fanny Ardant, who just walks into a room and makes it throb.
Comment by jonquille de camembert — 14 May 2008 @ 8:17 am
History was not the movie’s strong suit, and the actors seemed like carriers of contemporary sensibilities dressed up in period costumes rather than ACTING. The costumes, make-up, mise-en-scene etc. were spectacular though — the movie was like walking through an elaborate animated museum. I thought these three screen grabs in sequence looked like a comic strip in need of captions. I too loved Fanny — so arch in her erotic aggression. And I liked this French guy playing the ultracampy Duc d’Anjou.