- I started this blog as I entered my 40th year, and now firmly in my 40s, I continue to learn so much about life. I'm learning that life rarely goes according to plan and that there's something new to learn every single day, be it a subtle nudge or a smack in the face.... This is my blog about muddling through my 40s-working hard, writing a book, being an ammateur photographer, trying to exercise and eat well, endeavouring to be the world's best aunt, as well as having fun and laughing out loud every single day.
Saturday, April 5, 2014
E Dear Rocky - Elizabeth
Queen Elizabeth I - The Virgin Queen - played immaculately in this film by Australia's own Cate Blanchett.
The relationship I'm most interested in here, is perhaps the fact that there is no relationship.
Elizabeth ended her relationship with Robert Dudley, after deciding that such a relationship could provide a man with too much power over her. Instead, Elizabeth was "married to England" and asserted this until her death.
She had an interesting family history. Father, Henry VIII, mother Anne Boleyn who was beheaded when Elizabeth was only two. This makes me shudder when thinking about attachment theories. Later raised by a step-mother, Elizabeth went on to become highly educated - fluent in six languages.
What I wouldn't give to have been able to meet her and analyse her core beliefs about the world, how it worked and how she fitted into it.
I can't help but wonder if her decision to not take a husband had a lot to do with losing her mother at age two and having Henry VIII as a father.....
Cate's performance in this film was flawless and introduced her to an international stage - aren't you glad it did world?
I give this film an 8.5/10 only because I found it hard in places to follow what was happening historically. I'd give everything about Cate a 10/10 though!
Your thoughts, Rock?
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