CRITICAL – Chilean director Pablo Larrain stages the Princess of Wales’ last Christmas in the royal family. An exercise in brilliant style but devoid of emotion.
Special envoy to Venice
Diana is here again. The Princess of Wales never ceases to inspire writers and directors. Almost twenty-five years after her death (August 31, 1997), she remains a popular figure and an inexhaustible character. Those who are passionate about her or who have simply seen the last season of The Crown already know almost everything about the tragic fate of the pretty princess, unloved by her husband, hunted by the paparazzi, suffocated by her royal step-family. She did not appreciate (understatement) the Netflix series. Neither should she jump for joy at the sight of Spencer, the film by Pablo Larrain in competition in Venice, bought by Amazon France, therefore deprived of theatrical release.
The Chilean director reinterprets the fate of the beautiful aristocrat much the same way he did with Jackie Kennedy. In Jackie, with Natalie Portman, he showed the assassination of JFK seen from the First Lady. Sitting next to him in the car in Dallas, she was entertaining
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