“The Queen” ( English The Queen ) - a biographical film of 2006 directed by Stephen Frears , filmed jointly by France , Great Britain and Italy . The events of the picture describe the life of the British royal family in the first few days after the tragic death of Princess Diana . The role of Queen Elizabeth II in the film was played by Helen Mirren .
|Producer||Andy harris |
|In the main|
|Helen Mirren |
|Film company||Pathé pictures |
|Budget||15 million $|
|A country|| France |
The pre-premiere screening of the picture took place on September 2, 2006 at the Venice Film Festival and only on September 15 the film was released on wide screens of Italy. October 10, 2006 the premiere in the United States . The film was released on Russian screens on March 1, 2007. 15 million dollars were spent on the production of the painting, and worldwide fees amounted to about 123 million dollars.
The film is a BAFTA Award Winner in the Best Film category. Actress Helen Mirren, who starred in the film, won the Oscars , Golden Globes , BAFTA, and the Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival for Best Actress. In addition, the film was nominated for an Academy Award as "Best Film of the Year."
- “Our Leaders. Ourselves. "
- “Tradition Prepared Her. Change Will Define Her. "
At the very beginning of the film on the screen appears an epigraph taken from the play of William Shakespeare " Henry IV, Part 2 ":
|A heavy burden on the one whose head is crowned with a crown.|
The film begins with the fact that the artist paints a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain . Between them, a conversation begins about the ongoing election of the country's prime minister and about the candidate for this position, Tony Blair .
May 2, 1997. In the morning the queen wakes up in her chambers. At the same time, a maid enters the room, who opens the curtains with the permission of Elizabeth. The queen asks about the forecasts, and the maid, realizing what is at stake, answers: "Mr. Blair." Meanwhile, Tony Blair and his wife drive up to the palace in a car. Robin Dzhenvrin, the assistant to the queen, warns her that the prime minister has arrived. But Elizabeth stops her courtier and asks to talk about him, so far only as a “future prime minister,” since she has not yet approved Blair. The conversation gradually dwells on the past of the Prime Minister. Tony Blair with his wife Chery get out of the car and, worried, go into the palace. On the way to the queen, the butler teaches them manners. Knocking on the large doors, Tony Blair passes to Elizabeth, but the butler and Cherie are left to wait outside. When talking with the Queen, the Prime Minister is a little embarrassed in her presence. After some time, Elizabeth asks the butler to enter with Blair’s wife. But their joint conversation is short-lived: Robin tells the queen something and their meeting ends.
August 30, 1997. It takes several months. It becomes known about the life of Princess Diana after a divorce from her husband, Prince Charles . In Paris, a large number of paparazzi are waiting for the princess to leave the building. Some of them rush after her. Then what is known to everyone: at the entrance to the tunnel, a car accident occurs, and Diana dies .
On the same night, a telephone rings in Robin’s room, to which he answers and learns about what happened. At this time, the entire royal family was in the castle of Balmoral - a residence in Scotland . Robin runs after the maid to wake the queen and inform her that Diana was in an accident. Meanwhile, Tony Blair also finds out by phone what happened. The queen, her husband, Prince Philip, and her mother watch the news on television. After some time, Robin comes in and says that bad news came from Paris. Prince Charles tries to calm his children and asks his mother for permission to take a plane to go to Paris. But she refuses him and demands to remove the TV and radio from the children's room. Going to her room, Elizabeth begins to write her diary, and her husband brings her pills. Tony Blair is also awake and worried about tomorrow's speech.
Sunday. People around the world learn and grieve about what happened. Tony Blair, preparing for a speech, decides to call the queen, who at this time has breakfast with the rest of the family. The Prime Minister expresses condolences to Elizabeth and learns from her that there will be no official statement, and the funeral will be held in a closed atmosphere, as Diana’s family wants. Disagreeing with the Queen, Tony Blair later appears in public and makes a statement about the death of the princess on her behalf. A coffin with the body of a princess is delivered from Paris to the UK by plane. At the airport, Prince Charles and Tony Blair are waiting for him, who agree among themselves to organize a public funeral. By evening, the coffin is delivered to the Queen's residence.
Monday. In the morning, his assistant Alistair, who writes speeches for him, brings fresh newspapers to Blair’s office. They decide that a princess’s public funeral will be the best solution. The Queen, who has to put up with this, learns about this from Robin. They decide not to pick up the flowers in front of the Buckinqemg Palace and organize a condolence book at the funeral in order to keep the crowd busy. Meanwhile, Blair, at the request of Charles, is called by his secretary, who reports that the prince fully supports the prime minister in decisions. At lunch, the queen goes hunting with her son. On the way between them, a conversation begins about Diana, which leads to their disagreement. The queen stops the car and sets off on foot. In the evening, Elizabeth watches the recording of an interview with her sister-in-law on television. Philip, who can no longer watch this, goes to bed in another room.
Tuesday. In the morning, Blair and his assistants watch TV, where they condemn the fact that the royal standard was not lowered over Buckingham Palace. The Queen and her family again go on a hunt, during which a conversation with her son enters on lowering the standard. Elizabeth believes that this should not be done, since this tradition has never been practiced at the British royal court: in case of mourning, only the state flag is lowered , but not the royal standard. Charles later instructs his secretary to address this issue.
Wednesday. In the palace, newspapers learn about the opinion of society on raising the flag. This is what Tony Blair asks, who called the queen when she signed the documents. After some time, Elizabeth alone goes on a hunt, but she has to call in a hunting lodge and ask for directions. When crossing the river, the front axle breaks near her car, so the queen calls Thomas in a hunting lodge and asks to come after her. In anticipation, she sits down on the ground and begins to cry, but when she sees a deer, she stops.
Thursday. During the Queen’s walk, Robin comes up to her and reports that the Prime Minister is calling and insisting on a conversation. Tony Blair tells Elizabeth about the people's discontent with her actions. Therefore, he advises the queen to raise the flag, come to London, personally express condolences and make a statement to the whole world. Later, Elizabeth talks about this with her mother. The queen decides to follow the advice of Tony Blair, because of which her husband is very dissatisfied, unlike Prince Charles, who was delighted with the decision of his mother. Toward evening, the entire royal family goes to the flowers that people brought and stacked at the gate.
Friday. The queen finds out that a deer was shot dead during a hunt. She sets off to look at the dead deer. After some time, while flying on a plane to London, Robin brings the queen a prepared speech. Tony Blair also receives copies of Elizabeth's prepared words. His assistant slightly corrects them. Meanwhile, the queen arrives at Buckingham Palace and passes by people standing in a dense crowd around. One of the girls gives her flowers. After that, Robin brings a modified speech to the Queen, which she makes live in front of many cameras.
Saturday. The whole royal family and many celebrities invited to the funeral gather in the church. After making a speech, the crowd around the church begins to applaud. They are also joined by those inside the building except for the queen herself and her entourage.
Two months later. Tony Blair arrives at the Queen. He is greeted by Robin, after which the butler escorts the Prime Minister to the reception room for Elizabeth. In the beginning, Tony Blair talks with her about politics, but gradually their conversation turns to events two months ago and the Queen invites the Prime Minister to take a walk in the garden.
|- ( Artist ) Yes, but sometimes you forget what you choose. You do not need to vote.|
- ( Queen ) No need.
- ( Artist ) But still you will not get any pity from me, ma'am. You may not be able to vote, but it's still your government. It is yours.
- ( Queen ) Yes. Maybe. This is at least some comfort.
|The Queen's conversation with the artist.|
- Director: Stephen Frears
- Screenwriter: Peter Morgan
- Producers: Andy Harris , Christine Langan , Traci Seaward
- Executive Producers: Francois Ivernel , Cameron McCracken , Scott Rudin
- Composer: Alexander Despla
- Operator: Affonso Beato
- Installation: Lucia Zucchetti
- Casting: Leo Davis
- Artist: Alan MacDonald
- Artists: Matthew Broderick , Frank Schwartz
- Decorator: Tina Jones
- Costume Designer: Consolata Boyle
The pre-premiere screening of the film took place on September 2, 2006 at the Venice Film Festival and only on September 15 the picture was released on wide screens in Italy and Great Britain . October 10, 2006, the premiere took place in the United States , and October 18 - in France . The film was released on Russian screens on March 1, 2007. The last country where the film premiered was Venezuela - October 19, 2007.
The main movie premieres are listed below. See the full list at IMDb.com .
- - September 2, 2006 (at the Venice Film Festival )
- - September 15, 2006
- - September 29, 2006 (at the International Film Festival in New York )
- - September 30, 2006 ( New York only )
- - October 5, 2006 (at the British Film Festival in Dinard )
- - October 6, 2006 (limited rental in the USA)
- - October 10, 2006
- - October 18, 2006
- - March 1, 2007
- - October 19, 2007
Box office fees
- In the USA: $ 56,441,711 (45.9% of the total fees in the world, 1,850 - the maximum number of cinemas)
- In the rest of the world: $ 66,344,576 (54.1% of the total fees in the world)
- In total (USA + rest of the world): $ 122,786,287
- In Russia: $ 522,800
Premiere on DVD and TV
The world premiere of the film on DVD took place in the UK on March 12, 2007. Additional materials were included in the publication, including audio commentary directed by Stephen Frears , screenwriter Peter Morgan and Robert Lackey , biographer of Queen Elizabeth II . In the USA, the film was released on April 24, 2007, not only on DVD, but also in Blu-ray format. By June 3, 2007, 6 weeks after the release, DVD movie sales totaled more than $ 26 million , and currently slightly exceed $ 29 million  .
Awards and nominations
During the Oscar season, the movie The Queen won 59 awards and 49 more nominations  that were left without victories. In 2007, the film won the BAFTA Award for Best Film. In the same category, he was nominated for an Oscar . The film is a laureate of the Spanish Goya Award for Best European Film. Actress Helen Mirren , who played the main role in the film, won the Academy Award, Golden Globe , Sputnik , BAFTA , and the Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival for Best Actress.
Listed below are major awards and nominations. See the full list at IMDb.com .
|Date of issue||September 26, 2006|
The disc with the soundtrack for the movie “Queen” was released on September 26, 2006. The compositions were written by composer Alexander Despl . In early 2007, the album was nominated for an Academy Award in the category "Best Soundtrack". In addition, Alexander Despla received a BAFTA nomination for his achievements in creating music for the film, but lost to Gustavo Santaollier , the author of compositions in the film Babylon .
|No.||Song Title||Authors / Performers||Time|
|one||"The Queen"||Alexander Despla||2:09|
|2||"Hills of Scotland"||2:25|
|3||Peoples Princess I||4:08|
|four||"A New Prime Minister"||1:55|
|eight||Elizabeth & Tony||2:04|
|9||"River of Sorrow"||1:59|
|ten||"The Flowers of Buckingham"||2:28|
|eleven||"The Queen Drives"||1:48|
|12||"Night in Balmoral"||1:09|
|13||Tony & Elizabeth||2:04|
|14||Peoples Princess II||4:08|
|15||Queen of Hearts||3:33|
|sixteen||"Libera Me"||Bbc singers / lynne dawson||6:28 a.m.|
- The Queen. The-numbers.com
- Awards for The Queen (2006) IMDb.com
- Official movie site (English) ( USA )
- Official Movie Website ( UK ) ( UK )
- The film in various databases and movie portals:
- Movie Reviews :
- Collection of movie reviews on the Metacritic website
- Roger Ebert Review
- Julia Semenyuk ( www.kinokadr.ru )
- Ekaterina Rusanova ( www.kinopoisk.ru )
- Larisa Yusipova ( www.vremya.ru )
- Larisa Malyukova ( www.novayagazeta.ru )
- Stanislav Nikulin ( www.kinomania.ru )
- Katya Tarkhanova ( www.interkino.ru )
- Evgeny Nefyodov ( www.world-art.ru )