Bertie and Elizabeth

Bertie and Elizabeth

DVD - 2011
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An affectionate portrait of a Royal marriage. An enchanting feature-length portrayal of the life of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, focusing on her courtship by the shy, future George VI (known as Bertie), the love story that followed and the birth of their daughters, Elizabeth and Margaret. This fascinating adaptation also covers the abdication crisis of Edward VIII, the Coronation of George VI as British King, the strong relationship forged between them and Churchill during the War and Bertie's early death.
Publisher: Distributed by Shock Entertainment, [2011]
Direct Holdings/Time Life, [Australia] : [2011]
Edition: Widescreen
Branch Call Number: DVD BERT
Characteristics: 1 DVD (circa 98 min.) : sound, color ; 12 cm

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rp3276
Nov 24, 2016

Well done. It would have been better as a mini series to cover the long time period though.

Froster Jan 12, 2014

This had to be made with either the tacit or explicit approval of the Royal Family…it is surely a Valentine to them. Consequently, no one exhibits anything resembling an actual personality. This is a shame, when the cast includes actors as faceted as Eileen Atkins and Alan Bates. (Both wasted). “Bertie & Elizabeth” seems simply a series of historical incidents strung together with the same dull characters occupying the center of it all. Perhaps this is the perfect metaphor for contemporary royalty, but at least “The King’s Speech” managed to take these geezers and run with them. Those events are dispatched with relative haste in this version, and truly the only sparks this wan little biopic strikes are in the portrayal of the Duke of Windsor and his Duchess. They come across as monstrously shallow, and extremely selfish from the get-go. They are the villains….but unfortunately there’s no real drama here in which they could take a proper place.

theorbys Sep 10, 2013

Expertly done Masterpiece Theater with, as ever, a wonderful period look and feel.

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Mar 18, 2012

Masterpiece theatre (Television program)
James Wilby, Juliet Aubrey, Alan Bates, Eileen Atkins.
a co-production of Carlton Productions/Whitehall Films and WGBH/Boston

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