A Royal affair

A Royal affair

DVD - 2012 | Danish
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The passionate and forbidden romance between the insane Danish King, the royal physician, and the young but strong-willed Queen leads to a revolution that changes an entire nation.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Magnolia Home Entertainment, c2012
Branch Call Number: ROY
Characteristics: 1 dvd (137 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 cm
Alternative Title: Kongelig affr̆e. [dvd]

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trotter73
Mar 11, 2017

based on a true story. I don't know the history well enough to say how accurate they tell the story, but the cast put in great performances.

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Schoolgurl95
Jul 21, 2016

Perfect casting. Mads Mikkelsen in particular was amazing. Very good acting all around

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Monolith
Feb 09, 2016

A standout, poignant period piece brilliantly presented. An excellent cast led by the exquisite Alicia Vikander and the distinctive Mads Mikkelsen. Brilliant. FIVE STARS.

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SandraLH
Jan 05, 2016

Very well acted and moving, but sad story. One wouldn't want to watch if you are already depressed. My second time watching since I enjoy Scandanavian film.

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tj_is_cool
Nov 05, 2015

Very boring ...

nycounsel Sep 29, 2015

a well-acted historical drama.

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GypzyMizzP
Aug 22, 2015

Interesting movie.... good acting....

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cjoanie
Aug 17, 2015

Superb film. Mads excellent as usual. Can't imagine why you would avoid subtitled films, a serious loss for you! That this is a true story makes it even more interesting. What a time in history that was. Excellent.

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wongsokguan
Jan 16, 2015

Sad boring story.

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Nursebob
Dec 31, 2014

It’s 1766 and British Princess Caroline Mathilde is involved in a loveless marriage to King Christian VII, the mentally unhinged monarch of Denmark. While the Age of Enlightenment is dawning across Europe, Denmark is still clinging to the last remnants of the Dark Ages thanks to the combined efforts of a corrupt nobility and their church lackeys. Everything changes however when Christian hires a private physician, the progressive thinker Dr. Struensee, himself an ardent supporter of social reform. Gaining the confidence of the disturbed king (and ready access to the queen’s bedchamber) Struensee becomes highly instrumental in bringing Denmark’s outdated political system into the 18th century much to the delight of the common folk. But in so doing he also creates a cadre of powerful enemies as the ruling gentry see their powers diminished, military commanders see their budgets slashed, and the dowager queen sees her own son’s claim to the throne slipping away. As Struensee and the Royal Couple continue to push for greater change the opposition decides to strike back any way they can... Nikolaj Arcel’s opulent costume drama is a genuine treat for the eye with its sweeping scenes of candlelit soirees, gilded extravagances, and shadowy court intrigues. His cast of veteran actors breathe life into an intelligent and literary script while his deft direction holds us firmly in our seats. An intense yet low-key historical epic with romance and tragedy to spare.

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Schoolgurl95
Jul 21, 2016

Caroline Mathilde: I'm trying to remember him. Johann. I have to tell you about him. About us. Why we did the things we did. My beloved children, you do not know me, but I am your mother. Perhaps you have never forgiven me. Perhaps you hate me. I hope not. I now know that I will never see you again, so I am writing to tell you the truth, before it's too late.

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Schoolgurl95
Jul 21, 2016

Johann Friedrich Struensee: Your majesty.

Caroline Mathilde: You recognized me.

Johann Friedrich Struensee: I would recognize you blindfolded.

Caroline Mathilde: But your costume is not very imaginative.

Johann Friedrich Struensee: I'm afraid I'm not very good at the masquerade.

Caroline Mathilde: I believe this is the one night when everyone can be themselves. *pauses* But you never remove your mask. Do you?

M_ALCOTT Sep 30, 2015

Queen Caroline Mathilda: [reading from a book by Rousseau] "Man is born free, and everywhere he is in shackles."

M_ALCOTT Sep 30, 2015

[From a bird's eye view atop a balcony after the play, Brandt and Struensee are seen discussing Rantzau's new wife, Sophie.]

Dr. Struensee: [referring to Rantzau] "As long as he's happy."

Brandt: "Yes, men have an odd ability to ignore reason when it comes to beautiful young women. [Pauses] 'Le Morte d'Arthur.' Have you read it? Thomas Malory."

Dr. Struensee: "I've heard of it."

Brandt: "King Arthur's knight, Sir Lancelot, has an affair with Queen Guinevere. The king finds out, orders both killed, and the kingdom falls apart. [Turns to face Struensee] You're a fool. I like you a lot. I don't want to mourn by your severed head."

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Schoolgurl95
Jul 21, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: intense scenes

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Schoolgurl95
Jul 21, 2016

Sexual Content: sexual content

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Schoolgurl95
Jul 21, 2016

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jimg2000
Jun 26, 2013

An excellent write up on the Queen Caroline Mathilde as presented in this film: http://www.historytoday.com/stella-tillyard/heads-and-tales-royal-affair

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