Royal Weddings and British Royalty in Film

For those wanting to delve even further back in time there are several good choices: The Madness of King George; The Lion in Winter; two versions of Henry V; and the BBC series Henry VIII.

Not everyone in the media is obsessed with Friday's event, some of the commentators on MSNBC even denouncing the vast coverage by the media. And a poll in the New York Times showed that only 6 percent of the American public is closely following news of the wedding. So, I have the perfect film for those bothered by the media obsession. It's the wonderful musical 1776. Despite its being based on a Broadway musical, the film is a good reminder of why we rejected the rule of the British monarchy and of the wheeling and dealing required by our founding fathers (and mother, Abigail Adams being well portrayed in the film) to produce the stirring document that declared us "free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown." Hats off to ole John and Abigail Adams, Tom Jefferson, and their colleagues at Philadelphia—that's the city, not London, that should stir the hearts of Americans.

4/25/2011 4:00:00 AM
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