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Ihre Majestät Mrs. Brown
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Queen Victoria hat keine Freude mehr am Leben, seit ihr geliebter Mann Albert gestorben ist. Da taucht der schottische Diener und Pferdeknecht John Brown auf. Victoria ist gefesselt von seinem rauhen Charme und seiner Aufrichtigkeit. Das Leben ist ihr plötzlich wichtiger als die Krone. Es dauert nicht lange bis die Öffentlichkeit einen Skandal wittert. Die Gerüchteküche über eine nicht standesgemäße Liaison beginnt zu brodeln. Hat ihre Liebe eine Zukunft oder muß sie den Staatsgeschäften weichen?
Nach dem Tod ihres Gatten stürzt Königin Victoria in tiefe Depressionen. Doch der bodenständige Schotte John Brown, bringt die Königin bei langen Ausritten zum Lachen und zu neuem Lebensmut.Unbekanntes Kapitel der britischen Königinnen-Geschichte als opulentes Drama der Beziehung Victorias zu ihrem Diener.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Four years after the death of Prince Albert, to whom Victoria was completely devoted, and for whom she mourned in quite public and dramatic fashion, against the protests of her children and her ministers, John Brown, a favourite ghillie of the royal couple, was brought back into service of the Queen household.
Victoria's favouritism toward him, coupled with his own brash and blunt behaviour, caused him to be envied and disliked by members of her family, her household service, her ministers, and largely by the public. There were parodies of John Brown's activities, done up in the form of mock Court Circulars (the official listing of royal engagements), which appeared in the press on both sides of the Atlantic.
It is unknown if Brown actually kept a diary (the movie speculates such, but also states that no diary was ever found). There was a large black trunk of correspondence found after Victoria's death, between the Queen and her doctor at the time, Profeit, regarding John Brown. This came into the possession of her new doctor, Reid, who recorded 'most compromising' secrets into his green memorandum book. Alas, this book was burned by Reid's son, and the trunk was not found. Did it refer to a secret marriage between Victoria and John Brown, as was often speculated?
This is, in truth, unlikely -- Victoria's devotion to Albert never waned in her life, and there was a certain innocence, lack of pretense and guile in Victoria that the more political and suspicious (particularly in the press) would not have known. Both Brown and Victoria were outraged at the rumours. Brown was a servant who put no stock in class divisions and the artificiality of social conventions -- his familiarity with the Queen (in fact no different from his direct and familiar manner of relating to everyone) was simply his manner.
But then, everyone likes a good, juicy scandal, don't they? So much more interesting than decades of mourning, which makes for rather boring news leaders.
The film takes up the story with Brown's arrival at the royal residence on the Isle of Wight (an inaccuracy, as he was presented at Windsor first). The story is romantic yet reserved, and the cinematography is stunning. From the cloud-cast home on the Isle of Wight to the stately and foreboding Windsor scenes, to the unspoiled Highlands around Balmoral, this film has had great care infused in the details of costume, setting, and atmosphere.
Judi Dench gives perhaps the greatest performance of her life as the Queen, showing real emotion through the Victorian reserve in an admirable fashion (for which she was nominated for the Academy Award, and won the Golden Globe, as best actress). In a really surprising casting, Billy Connolly, best known as a comic, turns in a first class performance as John Brown, the brash Scotsman who becomes completely devoted to his Queen. Geoffrey Palmer, a solid actor known in many BBC productions, plays the Queen's private secretary, Sir Henry Ponsonby, who is continually amazed at the liberties taken by Brown (Ponsonby, in reality, saw Brown as a first class servant, and remarked so frequently in correspondence with others). This film was first proposed as a BBC television production, but ended up being so well performed and executed that it was transferred to become a cinematic release.
Given the high profile scandals of the royal family today, this story seems almost timid. But, history does repeat itself, so one can never be entirely sure, until such time as the royal archives are opened to scholars, perhaps a few centuries from now, and the truth may be known to posterity.
The film takes us into the 1860s, as Victoria was inconsolable after the death of her beloved husband, ahs retired from the world. She sends for her late husband favourite gillie, Mr. Brown who mange to bring her back to the world of the living. These unusual platonic friendship between the mighty Queen of the British Empire and a mere Scottish servant shows us that Queen Victoria was a woman who needed to be taken care of, needed a man at her side she could entirely trust and a shoulder to lean on. The movie shows us that she was an emotional fragile person and at the same time a female monarch who in a male dominated society manage to hold everybody in awe. By taking a Scottish gillie as her trusted friend, she defied all conventions...in the Victorian area which seems to me all convention... Maybe Queen Victoria was perhaps less conventional than public perception makes her out? The story is very touching and one understands more about this side of the "old Queen" as through any biography.
The actors are superb - Dame Judi Dench should have earned Oscar for her spot-on portrayal of the troubled Queen Victoria. She got it only two years later for her repeat, but not as impressive royal performances as Queen Elizabeth in two 1999 films.
I am sure that you will enjoy this film!! Not one single moment of boredom, a well told story and excellent acting.
Im Zweifelsfall greife ich immer gerne nach einem Englischen Film, da ist der Enttäuschungsfaktor geringer.
Dieser hier ist meiner unmaßgeblichen Meinung nach ein Juwel was Ausstattung, Schauspieler Kamera und Regie betrifft. Ich war bezaubert von dieser schönen Liebesgeschichte. Meiner Meinung nach hat sie....!
Mein Mann sieht sich solche Filme natürlich nicht an! Macht nix!
Wenn ich es sage! Mir erschien der Film viel zu kurz! Seufz!!!
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