By Elizabeth A. Ford,Deborah C. C. Mitchell

Few lives supply as a lot background or drama as these of monarchs. Filmmakers from the silent period to onward have displayed a deep fascination with the lives of royalty and with queens particularly. nonetheless, the query continues to be: what do those movies relatively let us know concerning the girls underneath the crowns?

Drawing on motion pictures from the Thirties to these of this present day, Royal pictures in Hollywood: Filming the Lives of Queens investigates the ways that those motion pictures reproduce historical past and symbolize ladies. notwithstanding rarely revolutionary in nature, many early motion pictures provided a suitable, nonthreatening technique to current robust lady characters in an monetary and social panorama run virtually solely by means of males. Authors Elizabeth Ford and Deborah Mitchell music the evolution of queens on movie, noting how depictions of widespread girls have replaced over the last numerous many years and calling recognition to the ways that movies either mirror and dictate the social norms in their eras.

By evaluating old files of monarchs similar to Queen Christina of Sweden, Catherine the nice, Cleopatra, and Elizabeth I with their onscreen personas, and studying the biographical info of the actresses who portrayed those girls, Ford and Mitchell current a desirable inquiry into problems with historic accuracy and gender politics in film.

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