movies: the young victoria

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“Women are made to feel defensive of their decisions, particularly when it comes to family life, and I don’t think that’s right. Whether you can ‘keep a man’, I hate that phrase, or whether you breastfeed, whether you don’t, whether you want to have children, whether you don’t, whether you can have children… I could go on and on. This film captures that element of women pitted against each other, who ultimately unite. I think the mistake is to say that these women are victims when, actually, this is an empowering film for women.”

get to know me meme: 3/10 actors and actresses ~ emily blunt

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The Young Victoria (Queen Victoria & Prince Albert)

“Victoria and Albert were a very real, lively young couple and he had a lot of ambition. Had he not married Victoria, he would have been king of his country, and I think that his drive coupled with her ambition and forcefulness inevitably would lead to a clash. What was extraordinary about it is that every time they did have arguments – and they argued a hell of a lot – they did make up, and I think it made them stronger. They didn’t give up, and I was inspired by that. I didn’t realize that theirs was a genuine love story; that they were a team, they ruled together. They had a family together. It wasn’t a cold, ‘You father my children and then go sit in the study’. They did everything together. They were never apart for a day and I hadn’t realized quite why she was still wearing black at 80. It was just that. She’d had half of her soul ripped away from her when he died.” Rupert Friend

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Costume Porn + Weddings/Wedding Dresses x

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Coronations of English Queens vs. Their Onscreen Depictions:

Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I in her coronations robes (c. 1600-1610, copy of a lost original c. 1559) vs. Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth (1998).

Coronation portrait of Queen Victoria by George Hayter (1838) vs. Emily Blunt in The Young Victoria (2009).

Photograph of Queen Elizabeth II at her coronation (1953) vs. Claire Foy in The Crown (2016).

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“He is not only a clever statesman and an honest man but a good and kindhearted man whose aim is to do his duty for his country, and not for a party,” Victoria declared of Lord Melbourne. “He is of the greatest use to me, both politically and privately.”