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(Apr 10, 2012)
An intriguing short film from award-winning director John Jackman that speculates on the private conversations behind closed doors prior to the unprecedented 1936 abdication of King Edward VIII. Based in part on secret papers recently released by the FBI, Windsor Knot unravels the story of the hopeless romantic who gave up the throne for love . . . and finds instead a darker and more ominous tale of intrigue, betrayal, and the fate of nations.
Extras include an interview with the director, revealing the historical fact behind the fiction, including the scandalous affairs in the background, but also the more ominous picture of Edward's support for Hitler and the Nazis.
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The 'film' consists of Home Secretary John Simom and Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin forcing Edward VIII's hand by threatening to reveal Wallis Simpson's affairs (one with the Nazi vonRibbentrop, and passing military information to the Nazis. Edward storms from the room, Stanley and Baldwin wonder if they've done the right thing, roll credits.
The acting is so melodramatic that making it longer could only have made it worse. It's isn't worth $1.99 to buy, much less rent.
I continued to be a bit irritated and bemused as I watched the interview with the filmmaker, who was apparently just now stumbling onto the fact that the Duke and Duchess of Windsor were huge Nazi supporters and that the British government, in the runup to war, was absolutely desperate to get rid of them. Despite this rather stunning naivety, the interview has some interesting bits and is far and away the best part of this video. The actual movie-part? That gets one star. I gave the guy another star for earnestness and the fact that somebody was able to hold the camera steady.
The unprofessional grafics during the opening should have given me some warning. However it was the appearance of an American license plate on an automobile that set my Spidey-Senses tingling.
But then came the "acting." Of all the ugly insults thrust upon King Edward, the amateur portrayal of him in this short film is possibly the worst.
If you really want to waste 22 minutes and $1.99, have at -and if you get past 5 minutes, I commend your fortitude.