Friday, March 06, 2009

Beau Brummel more sympathetic than The Madness of King George

The film, "The Madness of King George", compared to"Beau Brummel" portrays characters of the Regency Crisis that are much less sympathetic.

Besides the King's personal struggle with mental illness, the film also depicts the relative powerlessness of the British monarch in a time when Parliament has become supreme. The scene where the King is told what to do by a doctor for the first time (in breach of established protocol) and is restrained in a seat shows the King finally accepting his diminished role despite his protestations that he is the "King of England" and can do as he pleases. After his recovery, he is seen at the end of the film explaining to the Prince of Wales that the role of the royal family is to be seen to be happy, to wave to the crowd, and to be a model to the people of how to behave and conduct oneself. Thus the film also documents the shift in the British government from a monarchy with limited political power to a purely symbolic monarchy.

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