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Mary Queen of Scots

"Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie command the screen in this delicious anti costume drama .... a sly, smart feminist parable that resonates for us today" - Associated Press

“Is there room for two queens on a single island? The answer, according to Mary Queen of Scots, is “not quite.” The monarchs in question are Mary, played by Saoirse Ronan, and her cousin Elizabeth I, played by Margot Robbie. The history books cast them as bitter rivals, but the film imagines them as long-distance frenemies.

“Director, Josie Rourke, and the screenwriter, Beau Willimon, conjure parallel courts in which the monarchs are sometimes pawns of entrenched male power. Mary alights from France as an avatar of worldliness and modernity in a rugged, clannish country. Meanwhile, in England, Elizabeth dwells in a prison of pageantry and high pomp. Her clothes, hair and makeup are more lavish than Mary’s and her freedom of action more severely constrained.

“The question that drives the plot has to do with the coexistence of two countries with overlapping royal lines. An heir to Mary’s throne might also claim Elizabeth’s, and Mary herself is seen as a threat to her cousin’s position. History has generally treated Mary as a villain, and Mary Queen of Scots seeks both to revise this judgment and to examine its sources in misogyny, nationalism and bigotry.” - NY Times

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