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Movies Reviews: Sissi, The Trilogy

When I was a little girl, the trilogy about Sissi, the unfortunate Austrian empress, was shown pretty much every Christmas season. I would always watch it. I remember my fascination with the beautiful Romy Schneider, and the glitz and glamour of the imperial court. Everything looked like a fairytale. I may not have felt like

Movie Review: Lost In Austen

WARNING: THE REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS I am a stickler for accuracy. That’s especially true when it comes to movies taken from or inspired by my favourite books, such as Pride & Prejudice. That’s why it took me a long, long time to sit down and watch Lost In Austen, an insane movie (originally a TV

Movie Review: Northanger Abbey (1986)

I always thought that, out of all Jane Austen’s works, Northanger Abbey was the easiest to adapt in a movie. It is the most faced-paced, light-hearted, and features a Gothic element that works really well on screen. Yet, the 1986 film adaptation of this work falls short on so many levels. Where to start? The

Movie Review: The Lion In Winter (1968)

My life, when it is written, will read better than it lived. Henry Fitz-Empress, first Plantagenet, a king at twenty-one, the ablest soldier of an able time. He led men well, he cared for justice when he could and ruled, for thirty years, a state as great as Charlemagne’s. He married out of love, a

Movie Review: Gypsy (1962)

Many people consider Gypsy the best musical ever made. I’m not sure about that, but it is definitely one of the most tragic. Loosely based upon the life of burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee and her aggressive stage mother, Mama Rose, the story shows how, under the glitz and glamour of showbiz, lies a seedy

Movie Review: Anne Of The Thousand Days

For six years, this year, and this, and this, and this, I did not love him. And then I did. Then I was his. I can count the days I was his in hundreds. The days we bedded. Married. Were Happy. Bore Elizabeth. Hated. Lusted. Bore a dead child… which condemned me… to death. In

Movie Review: Mayerling

On 30 January 1889, the dead bodies of Crown Prince Rudolph of Austria and his lover, Baroness Maria Vetsera, were discovered in the Imperial hunting lodge at Mayerling. The official version is that Rudolf killed Maria in a suicide pact before taking his own life. But, another, more sinister theory suggests that the two lovers

Movie Review: Moulin Rouge (1952)

Baz Luhrmann’s dazzling musical extravaganza, Moulin Rouge, is one of my all-time favourite movies. But I recently discovered another film of the same name, shot ion 1952, that brings the Moulin Rouge to life in a much more realistic way. This Moulin Rouge tells the story of Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec, the scion of an ancient

Movie Review: The Madness Of King George

King George III is remembered for two things: losing the American colonies and going mad. It’s his first bout of madness that is the subject of “The Madness of King George”. Although described as a comedy (and it does have lots of funny and witty scenes in it that will make you laugh out loud),

Movie Review: Bright Star

Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art–Not in lone splendour hung aloft the nightAnd watching, with eternal lids apart,Like nature’s patient, sleepless Eremite,The moving waters at their priestlike taskOf pure ablution round earth’s human shores,Or gazing on the new soft-fallen maskOf snow upon the mountains and the moors–No–yet still stedfast, still unchangeable,Pillow’d upon