My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

Lady Jane (1986)

TREVOR NUNN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5United Kingdom, 1986Capital Equipment Leasing, Paramount Pictures.  Story by , Screenplay by .  Cinematography by , .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  

Cary Elwes and Helena Bonham Carter in Lady Jane.

An impressive performance by a young Helena Bonham Carter, is one of the highlights of this solid period film. She plays Lady Jane Grey, the retiring young woman who was used as a political pawn by her ambitious father to take over the throne of England. Following the death of Henry VIII’s son Edward, the seat of power, which should have gone to Henry’s staunch Catholic daughter Mary Tudor, is instead bequeathed to Jane in an effort to keep a Protestant on the throne. Her reign, at the age of 16, lasts nine days before Mary finally storms in to take over and have Jane executed as a traitor. Within this short lifetime, Jane manages to awaken to knowledge and passion, thanks to what she learns as a new queen and her forced marriage to a man () she eventually grows to love. Tragic and melancholy, the film is given intelligent direction by Trevor Nunn and a lush, authentic recreation of the period.

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