Tristan and Isolde 2006

Before there was Romeo and Juliet, there was Tristan and Isolde.

One of the great stories of doomed love is given a new screen interpretation in this historical drama. After the collapse of the Roman Empire, King Donnchadh (David O’Hara) of Ireland has become the de facto ruler of England, but one of his underlings, Lord Marke (Rufus Sewell), dreams of uniting Tristen and Isolde insertBritish forces with an eye toward self-rule. One of Marke’s most valuable allies is Tristan (James Franco), Marke’s protégé, who has become a brave warrior since he was rescued by the lord after his parents were murdered by Irish forces during a battle. While Marke and Tristan dream of banishing Ireland’s presence in England, Tristan has a secret he’s been hiding from Marke — after suffering serious wounds during a hard-fought battle, he was rescued and nursed back to health by Isolde (Sophia Myles), King Donnchadh’s daughter, and the two fell deeply in love. But the couple were separated after Tristan returned to England, and when Donnchadh attempts to quell the British uprising by staging a tournament among the nation’s greatest warriors, an extreme and rather personal surprise is in store for Tristan. Tristan & Isolde was directed by Kevin Reynolds and produced in part by Ridley Scott.

Admin note:  There is a fight scene between James Franco and Mark Strong, without stuntmen, in this film. Although, James Franco broke something in his knee and was out for 3 months, I think it’s the best choreographed fight scene ever!!





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Tristan and Isolde 2006 poster





The Young Victoria 2009


 The Young Victoria  2009
[polldaddy rating=’8036248′]
 Victorian  1837
 Biography, Romantic Drama, Royalty
 Eighteen-year-old British royal Victoria ascends to the throne and is romanced by future husband Prince Albert in this lush period film that chronicles the early years of the British monarch’s larger-than-life reign.


Marc Vallée
Writer / Screenplay:
 Julian Fellows
Major Cast:
    Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson, Jim Broadbent, Thomas Kretschmann, Mark Strong, Jesper Christensen, Harriet Walter, Jeanette Hain, Julian Glover
Film Locations:
  • Arundel Castle, Arundel, West Sussex, England, UK
  • Balls Park, Hertford, Hertfordshire, England, UK
  • Belvoir Castle, Belvoir, Leicestershire, England, UK
    (interior: Windsor Castle)
  • Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England, UK
  • Brighton, East Sussex, England, UK
  • Ditchley Park, Enstone, Oxfordshire, England, UK
    (interior – Windsor Castle & exteriors)
  • Ham House, Richmond, Surrey, England, UK
    (Kensington Palace)
  • Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, England, UK
  • Lancaster House, The Mall, St. James’s, London, England, UK
    (Doubling for the Buckingham Palace coronation ball)
  • Lincoln Cathedral, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England, UK
  • Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London, England, UK
  • Osterley Park House, Isleworth, Middlesex, England, UK
  • Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
  • Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Surrey, England, UK
  • St. James’s Park, St. James’s, London, England, UK
  • Westminster Abbey, Westminster, London, England, UK
  • Wilton House, Wilton, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK
    (Rosenau Castle/Prince Albert’s Coburg/Buckingham Palace)
  • Wiltshire, England, UK
Rupert Friend as Prince Albert in The Young Victoria 2005



Emily Blunt Victoria 2005



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