“Elizabeth,” a 1998 British film directed by Shekhar Kapur, will be screened Friday, March 21, as part of the International Film Series.
The series is co-sponsored by the United Nations Association of Davis and International House. Doors at I-House, 10 College Park, open at 7:30 p.m. and the film begins promptly at 8 p.m.
There is no charge, but donations are accepted with gratitude to help cover the cost of DVD rental, facilities use and refreshments.
This historical drama deals with the troubling circumstances surrounding the ascent to the throne of Elizabeth I at age 25 in 1558. Cate Blanchett portrays the queen, starting as a naïve young girl and gradually becoming a smart, willful strategist who picked her advisors (Geoffrey Rush as Sir Francis Walsingham, Richard Attenborough as Sir William Cecil) carefully while ignoring their urgent advice for her to marry. She rejects suitors from France (Vincent Cassel as the Duke of Anjou) and Spain, and finally declares there will be one mistress and no master.
Christopher Eccleston as the Duke of Norfolk and Joseph Fiennes as the Earl of Leicester provide intrigue with shifting loyalties. The colors and textures of the costumes and sets are wonderful, but there are factual inaccuracies for the sake of a good story.