King Charles III

King Charles III

DVD - 2017
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Adapted from the Tony-nominated stage play, this is an examination of contemporary Britain, part political thriller, part family drama. After the Queen's death, Prince Charles finds himself wrestling his conscience over a bill to signed into law, resulting in a constitutional and political crisis.
Publisher: [Arlington, Virginia] : PBS Distribution, [2017]
Edition: Widescreen version.
ISBN: 9781531701857
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1
widescreen
1 videodisc (approximately 88 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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nickarrizza
Feb 11, 2018

At a time when the monarchy is essentially irrelevant this film attempts to incredulously aggrandise Charles (as King) by enacting a self absorbed fantasy framing him in a pseudo-Shakespearian drama ( pompous language and all) where he is ironically cast into the role of championing freedom of the press by resisting a corrupt law while at the same time subtly emotionally manipulating viewers into seeing him as the next 'great' monarch. Totally transparent and not worth your time! I give it negative 10 stars!

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TREVOR E TAYLOR
Jan 07, 2018

This is laughable and very unrealistic. I wonder how it ever made it on Broadway or for that matter on Masterpiece Theatre. I gave 1/2 a star to bring the higher ratings down to reflect my rating, but would have rather given no stars. This reviewer pretty much sums up my thoughts on this DVD. http://katemiddletonreview.com/2017/05/19/thoughts-on-king-charles-iii-on-pbs/

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miriamdS12345
Nov 15, 2017

A gut wrenching thoroughly engaging drama. Well acted by all actors. It could be renamed "Diana's Revenge". Though it seems very unlikely that the people would rebel if the King refused to sign a bill that limits the power of the press. After all, his not signing was truly a moral position as it is mostly in his own interest to limit the press and its mostly in the people's interest to have a press unfettered by the whims of the government. The movie did a brilliant job sparingly but effectively using Shakespearean language and themes while keeping the story understandable and contemporary. This movie with its chilling soundtrack was so effective that it will take me a while to shake off my sympathy for the real life Charles, and even Camilla and my distain for the real life Kate, William and Harry. I kept hoping Charles could have ordered "off with his head" in various situations. My only problem is that the end was far too abrupt. Lets hope the tale will have no bearing in reality.

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MiRiAmS1234
Nov 14, 2017

A gut wrenching thoroughly engaging drama. Well acted by all actors. It could be renamed "Diana's Revenge". Though it seems very unlikely that the people would rebel if the King refused to sign a bill that limits the power of the press. After all, his not signing was truly a moral position as it is mostly in his own interest to limit the press and its mostly in the people's interest to have a press unfettered by the whims of the government. The movie did a brilliant job sparingly but effectively using Shakespearean language and themes while keeping the story understandable and contemporary. This movie with its chilling soundtrack was so effective that it will take me a while to shake off my sympathy for the real life Charles, and even Camilla and my distain for the real life Kate, William and Harry. I kept hoping Charles could have ordered "off with his head" in various situations. My only problem is that the end was far too abrupt. Lets hope the tale will have no bearing in reality.

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dennismmiller
Oct 02, 2017

Early on in "King Charles III", there is a scene where the title character rebukes his prime minister for daring to imagine that he understood the relationship between the new monarch and his late ex-wife. The film seems, uncomfortably, to cross that line, as well, presuming to know the inner lives of the real royal family, although this is lessened slightly by the fact that the actors do not particularly resemble their real-life counterparts and make virtually no effort at imitating their mannerisms. With that put aside, despite a few rough patches (mostly involving Harry's subplot), the film succeeds as a remarkably thoughtful - and appropriately ambiguous - tragedy of monarchy, power, arrogance, authority, tradition, and modernity.

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Ky68RasK
Sep 22, 2017

Riveting. Wonderful use of blank verse. Splendid acting. What a pity that Piggott-Smith is no longer with us!

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KatherineHere
Aug 20, 2017

My favorite scene: Charles, in full regalia, pounding with his scepter on the enormous door...boom, boom, boom...bickering stops, heads turn, and he rushes past them down the aisle and dissolves Parliament!

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poetdeluxe
Aug 13, 2017

Wow. Really enjoyed this television adaptation of the play "Charles III". Great visualization of a theater piece's family drama and political upmanship. Loved the verse and other devices used in the dialogue. Terrific performances. Fascinating.

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kpelish
Aug 07, 2017

Surprisingly bad production and wooden acting.

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memoral
Jul 07, 2017

Enjoyed this DVD. Acting was first class by all involved and the plot is believable and intelligent. Undertones of Shakespeare are present throughout. Could the events portrayed happen? Maybe, and that's what makes this entertaining. 88 minutes long which pass all too quickly.

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