Our review of Elizabeth, singular gaze(s): siren of England

CRITICISM – This documentary rewinds the seventy years of reign, which the English celebrate this Thursday, of the sovereign. This is the latest project from Roger Michell, the late director of Love at first sight in Notting Hill and of The Duke.

“She is so heavyexplains the queen about her crown, that it is impossible for me to lower my head.” The phrase can be understood figuratively. The whirlwind of imagesElizabeth: Singular gaze(s) recalls, the sovereign has maintained the course of royalty without weakening for seven decades. The English celebrate this anniversary this Thursday, during the platinum jubilee. The late Roger Michell, who died in September 2021 at the age of 65, pays tribute to him in his own way in this film nourished by a large number of archives.

There is no voiceover, excerpts from skilfully edited reports or documentaries are enough. “Documents came from different continents, mastering some old film proved to be quite difficult”, remembers Kevin Loader, historical producer of Michell. The director of Love at first sight in Notting Hill and more recently comedy The Duke had had the idea for this project which did not require filming during one of the confinements of 2020.

In February…

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