Princes in the Tower
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The mystery surrounding the disappearance of 12 year-old King Edward V and his brother Richard, Duke of York has been the cause of speculation and fascination for over five centuries. In 1491, eight years after the Princes in the Tower were presumed murdered, a young man told an astonished world that he was Richard, back to claim the throne of England.
Was this man Richard, Duke of York, or was he Perkin Warbeck, a brilliant imposter? There are many versions of what might have happened during his final interrogation in the Tower of London. This riveting drama presents one of them.
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Most of the story unfolds as a re-enactment of a supposed interrogation of Richard IV by the Tudors, specifically Margaret Beaufort and company.
This DVD would be more interesting to people very well versed in the War of the Roses and Henry VII's reign. If you aren't familiar with Henry VII's reign and the Perkins Warbeck affair, you might not enjoy it that much.
Besides having endless droning narration and, more offensively, employing 'moving cow' camera work (where the camera never stays still, in an attempt to demonstrate a kind of realism), this film has no script. Able actors, yes - but nothing else.
Look. If a producer won't spend the money, or even worse not notice that money wasn't spent to make his lead actor's hairpiece look realistic, and not like a wig bought at a Walmart's After Halloween sale, it's unlikely they will pay any more attention to their overall production, which in this case is abysmal.
Tantalizing history. Find it elsewhere.
I thought it was well done and well acted and will keep it in my collection to watch again.
Most of the film focuses on Warbeck.'s interrogation. And on his relationship with Queen Elizabeth of York, who if his claim is true would be the sister who sung him to sleep. The first half drags in parts. But is enlivened by the intelligent conversation of Dr. John Argentine (John Castle) and Bishop De Cambrai (Roger Hammond) .
The second part picks up pace and races to a spine chilling conclusion.
The main arch-villain of the piece is not Richard Third, the Duke of Buckingham or Henry Tudor, but Henry's mother Maragret Beufort presented as more evil than Lady Macbeth.
And whose role in the mystery would if I reveled it her be a major spoiler
But expect a major shock near the end.