Monarchs in Film

The Private Life of Henry VIII - Lavish historical spectacle lustily portraying the life and lovers of notorious British Monarch, King Henry VIII. Starring Charles Laughton. (DVD 14102)

The Queen - The film takes place during the week following the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. Adroit use of newsreel and other contemporary footage reminds viewers of the deep sadness that surrounded that event. It is also about the divergent ways the monarch and Prime Minister Tony Blair responded to the resulting torrent of national grief. (DVD 10258)

Elizabeth - Queen Elizabeth I must learn to weigh her counsel carefully and ignore her private yearnings if she is to keep her crown--and her head. Starring Cate Blanchett. (DVD 4964)

The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex - This period drama sets the tumultuous on-again, off-again affair between Queen Elizabeth I and the second Earl of Essex against Essex's powerful ambition to assume the throne of England. (DVD 4300)

Excalibur - The classic saga of King Arthur and those around him in the Court-- the knights, his Queen, and the wizard Merlin. Focuses on the rise of Christian civilization out of the Dark Ages. (DVD 1494)

Cleopatra - Story of the life of Cleopatra, queen of ancient Egypt from her ascension to the throne through her struggle for power and her loves and entanglements with Julius Caesar and Marc Anthony. (DVD 17395)

The Madness of King George - Based on the life of King George III, this is the story of royal intrigue, sexual indiscretions, backstairs plotting and a battle for power between Parliament and the throne, all occuring while the king is being treated for an unknown illness. (DVD 14588)

The Taking of Power by Louis XIV - Cardinal Mazarin dies in 1661. The young Louis asserts his intention to govern as well as rule. Mazarin's fiscal advisor, Colbert, warns against Fouquet, who wants to be prime minister and is looting the treasury. Fouquet believes Louis will soon tire of exercizing power and overplays his hand. (DVD 12793)

The Young Victoria - Chronicles the life and times of Queen Victoria from her childhood to her early rise to power and the first turbulent years of her rule. Her romantic relationship and eventual marriage to Prince Albert culminates in a royal power struggle which ultimately is the key to her happiness. (DVD 16385)

Queen Margot - Thrown into a political marriage of convenience by her ruthlessly power-hungry family, the beautiful Margot soon finds herself hopelessly drawn into their murderous affairs. It's then she realizes her only hope of escape lies somewhere between the heroic soldier who loves her and the enemy husband who could save her. (DVD 7310)

The King and I - An English schoolteacher finds herself at odds with the King of Siam when she is the teacher at the royal court in the 1860s. This musical stars Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr. (DVD 1023)

Ludwig - A portrait of Ludwig II, the 19th century mad king of Bavaria. Tormented by his unrequited love for his cousin, Empress Elisabeth of Austria, coupled with his obsession for the music of Wagner, Ludwig retreats into a fantasy world. He builds fairytale castles and ultimately loses his already-fragile grip on his sanity. (DVD 13036)

The Lion in Winter - Historical drama of the conflict between King Henry II of England and his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine over Henry's successor to the British throne. (DVD 11387)

Anne of a Thousand Days -  Follows King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn in one of history's most famous tragic love affairs in the Academy Award winning materpiece starring Richard Burton and Genevieve Bujold. (DVD 11097)

Henry V - Young King Henry of England asserts a hereditary claim to the throne of France, gathering an army and embarking on a course that will lead to one of England's greatest battlefield triumphs and forever change the face of Europe. Starring Kenneth Branagh. (DVD 4882)

Camelot - A musical interpretation of the legend of King Arthur starring Richard Harris and Vanessa Redgrave with music and lyrics by Lerner and Lowe. (DVD 18)