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The Young Victoria has just been released on DVD in the UK – and a DVD club I belong to, Lovefilm (UK equivalent to Netflix) has just put a short interview with Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend on its website. Thought I’d share the link with fellow costume drama fans. I’m quite amused that Emily Blunt says Julian Fellowes doesn’t let anyone get a word in edgeways – but then she herself doesn’t let Rupert get much of a word in either!

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I expected – or at any rate hoped for – a lot from Chéri, another of the costume dramas I’ve seen in the last few weeks, when it appeared all too briefly at a local cinema.  It’s something of a Dangerous Liaisons reunion, with the same director, Stephen Frears, screenwriter, Christopher Hampton, and star, Michelle Pfeiffer.

Michelle Pfeiffer as Lea

Michelle Pfeiffer as Lea

 
Although I’d seen some bad reviews, I remembered that historical dramas often seem to get a bad press, and still hoped for the best. As a costume drama fan, I did quite enjoy it, but I was disappointed all the same. To me, this film  is nowhere near the standard of Dangerous Liaisons – the costumes are sumptuous, the settings breathtaking, but the script is just not in the same league.
 
This movie is based on two novels by Colette,  Chéri and The Last of Chéri .(I’ve read that the second novel is summed up in the last couple of lines of voiceover.)  I haven’t read either of the books, so can’t say how close it is to them, but, as a drama in its own right, it feels rather thin.
 
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The first thing that struck me about The Young Victoria was just how beautiful the whole film looks. The sunlit palaces, sweeping green lawns and, above all, the sumptuous costumes all work together to cast a spell – one I was delighted to fall under. The costumes are currently on display at Blenheim Palace – sadly, I don’t think I’m going to get a chance to see them before the event finishes at the  end of the month, but I’m putting in a link to an article about the exhibition.

Emily Blunt as Victoria

Emily Blunt as Victoria

I’d expected a lot from this film ever since I heard it was being made. It has a fine cast, headed by Emily Blunt in the title role, with other top names including Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson, Jim Broadbent, Harriet Walter and Julian Glover. There’s also an interesting  up-and-coming director, Jean Marc Vallée – and a top scriptwriter, Julian Fellowes, who won an Oscar for his script for Gosford Park.  The name of Martin Scorsese as a producer was an added attraction, as if I needed one.

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Thought I’d pass on a link to a long article about forthcoming movie The Young Victoria, starring Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend, in The Daily Telegraph. I’ve got to say that my hopes for this film are getting higher all the time – I can’t wait to see it!

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I saw a trailer for the forthcoming movie The Young Victoria today, and can’t wait to see the whole thing – it’s released here in the UK on March 6, no date yet for the US as far as I know. I see that the official website  is now up although there isn’t all that much content as yet. With Julian Fellowes of Gosford Park fame as the scriptwriter, and a cast including Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Jim Broadbent, Paul Bettany, Harriet Walter and other top actors, I have high hopes for this film. I have seen C.R.A.Z.Y., a previous film made by the director, French Canadian Jean-Marc Vallée, which was a powerful drama set in the glam-rock era – not a costume drama, but still very good. Oh yes, and Martin Scorsese is a producer!

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