Mary Queen of Scots

Mary Queen of Scots

Marie Reine D'Écosse

DVD - 2019
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Queen of France at sixteen, widowed at eighteen, Mary Stuart defies pressure to remarry and instead returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. By birth, she also has a rival claim to the throne of Elizabeth I, who rules as the Queen of England. Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth's sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both Queens, driving them apart, as each woman experiences the bitter cost of power.
Publisher: Willowdale, Ont. :, Universal Studio Canada,, [2019]
Edition: EnglishFrench version
Description: 1 videodisc (124 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Copyright Date: ©2019
Branch Call Number: DVD Mary

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kwylie04
Feb 18, 2020

Came for the relationship between these two fascinating women, and didn't come away disappointed. I know that the film's been criticized for historical inaccuracies - namely the scene where Elizabeth and Mary actually met, when they never did so in real life. But to be honest, this is a film of historical fiction, so of course they're going to meet, if only for entertainment's sake! And this is hardly the first time such a thing has been done. Look at any of the films or miniseries or whatever that have been made about these two - quite a few of them have a scene where these two queens meet, usually in circumstances that are very secret and thus few people know that it happened. And the acting in this scene was freaking *amazing*! Historians and fiction writers alike have speculated for centuries about what Mary and Elizabeth might have said to one another if they had had a chance to come face to face, and this one was written and portrayed spectacularly!

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gnomenut
Feb 06, 2020

This film turned out to be a lightweight among historical dramas. If she'd been played as a woman of grand vision, or unshakable resolve, or political savvy, the story might have had something interesting to tell. Rather, she comes across as a hapless, distracted, and naive poser, who stumbles from one betrayal to the next. Beheading seemed inevitable. The fact she kept her head so long, in this story, seems a bit of a stretch.

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sol1765
Feb 03, 2020

Not a bad drama; some of the casting choices were historically inaccurate though by design.

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tammygfarmgirl
Jan 29, 2020

So politically correct and NOT historically accurate I couldn't watch it. Awful.

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ROBERTFREDALLEN
Jan 02, 2020

I really disliked history in school (I'm from Cockney, London, England, and it went on forever) In one senior school exam I believe I got two out of one hundred (but I did better than other's, some even got a MINUS!!) I did not do much better in English so this may not read too well. It was all power struggles, with the church, religions, Lords and Monarchy. and BARBARIC!! if visiting London, go to the Tower of London. (A Castle) and see all the torture equipment used. And certain parts of this world are still like it today some 500 years later.

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INVS
Dec 19, 2019

I'm glad I didn't spend the price of the big screen. During the past 80 years there have been countless books & numerous films on this part of history, leaving me to believe there's so little we are certain about. The cinematography didn't do justice to Scotland. Something that always irks me...men are dressed in heavy clothing for the weather, women in filmy clothes, totally unrealistic for a film that's supposed to portray history (or reality.) The female leads were very good depicting these strong women so overpowered, dominated and conspired against. Is there any role Saoirse Ronan cannot bring to life? The minute John Knox spoke I knew who played the part, David Tennant cannot disguise his voice, certainly played to the hilt, at least true to the character, he is a Scot. I'd not sit through this again.

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Ba_kuPlanet
Dec 17, 2019

A mix of history + barbaric mating rituals + battle of the sexes + power struggle movie.

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swyckl
Dec 06, 2019

I liked this DVD biography. It is too violent for kids to watch. Queen of France at sixteen, widowed at eighteen, Mary Stuart defies pressure to remarry and instead returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. By birth, she also has a rival claim to the throne of Elizabeth I, who rules as the Queen of England. Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth's sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both Queens, driving them apart, as each woman experiences the bitter cost of power.

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MichelleinBallard
Nov 29, 2019

The fine acting and cinematography cannot rescue this film from the choppy pacing, narrative gaps, and excessive ahistoricity.

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ThomasJWhiting
Nov 23, 2019

GOOD 2018 film centered on Mary Stuart when she returns to Scotland in 1561 from France following the death of her husband, Francis II of France. She is a Catholic and there was conflict with Scots Protestants as to whether Mary or her Protestant cousin Elizabeth, Queen of England, should become Queen of Scotland. The ability of the Italian Pope to control Catholics worldwide was a big concern.
The film is very well made, with fine acting and filmography. etc., but apparently it has been criticized as having quite a bit of historical inaccuracy.

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kwylie04
Feb 18, 2020

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jimg2000
Jul 11, 2019

On screen text at the film's beginning:

Mary Queen of Scots was born a Catholic. As Protestants fight to control Scotland, the infant Mary is sent to Catholic France. At 15, she marries the heir to the French throne.

At 18, Mary is widowed and returns home. Scotland is now dominated by Protestants, and governed by her half-brother.

Elizabeth is England's Protestant Queen. By birth, Mary has a strong claim to England's throne. Her very existence threatens Elizabeth's power.
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I was jealous. Your beauty. Your bravery. Your motherhood. You seem to surpass me in every way. But now I see there is no cause for envy. Your gifts... are your downfall.
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I wish I could speak these words to you directly, but they exist only in my mind, as both a prayer and a penance. I hope that God will hear them. Believe me when I tell you how it ages me to bear such a burden...

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