Monday, December 04, 2006

Lifetime movies presents: The Queen

My little cabbage night nip....pillow talk with Scotch

Awoken in the middle of the night, Queen Elizabeth II probably thought to herself, what reckless act has Diana found herself in! The news of her death must have come as a shock. We would never know the truth...a decade from now perhaps, King willing.

The Queen is an attempt to document a dramatic portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, using conjecture to surmise what may have taken placed during soon after the death of Princess Dianna, and the subsequent reaction by the world and more importantly the British public. The film in not a documentary, but a dramatization portraying Elizabeth II as an ordinary woman faced with a private yet public situation, and her decisions thrust to her by public opinion, and by a zealous Prime Minster. Yet she is obligated to the crown, as we see in the very first frame, the quote of her distant ancestor, Henry IV, "Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown"

Representing a historic event through hearsay...

The Queen is a fictional screenplay that actually compiles footage from News reports, and from Dianna Spencer's televised funeral. This is to stir the pot with truth and a bit of fiction to present a middle ground with some sort of collective accuracy.

1 comment:

redtown said...

"Awoken in the middle of the night, Queen Elizabeth II probably thought to herself, what reckless act had Diana found herself in!"

The one character not developed in the film was Diana herself.  The "people's princess" remains the icon of superficial popular culture.  But the Royal family knew a very different Diana -- the one behind the facades of glamour and pseudo-compassion.

Both Diana and her brother, Charles Spencer, suffered from Borderline Personality Disorder caused by their mother's abandoning them as young children.  A google search reveals that Diana is considered a case study in BPD by mental health professionals.

For Charles Spencer, BPD meant insatiable sexual promiscuity (his wife was divorcing him at the time of Diana's death). For Diana, BPD meant intense insecurity and insatiable need for attention and affection which even the best husband could never fulfill. 

Clinically, it's clear that the Royal family did not cause her "problems". Rather, she brought her multiple issues into the marriage, and the Royal family was hapless to deal with them.

Her illness, untreated, sowed the seeds of her fast and unstable lifestyle, and sadly, her tragic fate.


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