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Screening Victoria
Steven Fielding

: University of Chicago Press, 2008 ), pp. 87–177; Andrew Campbell, Unlikely Allies. Britain, America and the Victorian Origins of the Special Relationship (London: Hambledon Continuum, 2007 ), p. 240. 36 The Times (17 October 1937). 37 Jeffery Richards

in The British monarchy on screen
Ian Mackillop and Neil Sinyard

. What home audiences might have been responding to in these films was a proud but restrained Englishness that made a welcome contrast to American brashness. (There is a separate book to be written about the depiction of Americans in British films of that time: some way from a special relationship.) In any case, is it not an oversimplifiation to recall the service portrayal of, say, Jack Hawkins, Richard Todd and Kenneth More

in British cinema of the 1950s
A lost epic of the reign of Victoria
Jude Cowan Montague

the Deansgate Picture House and café, was built for the Alliance Cinematographic Company. 49 Samuelson used his special relationship with Sixty Years a Queen to introduce a new form of distribution that had been successful for the high-investment film in the USA, but which had not yet been seen in Britain – the road show. Adolph Zukor had toured Queen Elizabeth ( Les Amours de la Reine Elisabeth

in The British monarchy on screen
Mandy Merck

The Special Relationship (directed by Richard Loncraine, 2009) on Blair’s dealings with US presidents Clinton and Bush. In many ways The Queen follows the formula of The Deal as closely as its two-syllable title. Both were directed by Stephen Frears and both focus on real-life political contests in which a frontrunner is defeated by a rival. Real-life Labour spin doctors (Peter Mandelson, played by

in The British monarchy on screen
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An allegory of imperial rapport
Deirdre Gilfedder

monarchy demands thus a critical cultural studies approach to the kind of representations the industry is circulating. While The Queen is about the special relationship in the United Kingdom between the sovereign and the Prime Minister, The King’s Speech raises a postcolonial problematic of the peculiar status of a Commonwealth realm. In both films, the codes are both ancient and modern: the loyal

in The British monarchy on screen