A Royal Weekend
A Royal Weekend is an elegant and ironic comedy sourranded by a fairytale atmosphere,
with flower-filled fields, well-decorated interiors, perfect costumes, as the legendary full
pastel colors and millinery hats of Queen Elizabeth II, with a photography and sets
that are based perfectly to the historical period of the ’30s.
The director, Roger Michell, leads us in the rooms of that weekend, when, in June
1939, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor host the King and
Queen of England for a weekend at their home in Hyde Park on Hudson.
The first visit by a British monarch in America will be the occasion for a special
relationship between the two countries, but also for a deeper understanding of
the mysteries of love and friendship. Events proceed in the form of re-enactment
of Daisy, the fifth degree cousin of Roosevelt, reluctantly involved in one of the most
curious in the history of the thirty-second President of the United States of America.
From the story of Daisy emerges especially the relationship between the Old World
and the New one, between the real bearers of the banner of tradition and good
manners, and the presidential couple, modern, liberal and far from being
concerned about the formalities.
The highlight of the film is the frank and joyful tone with which Roger Michell
choose to present the figure of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, retrieving the size
and fragility of human fallibility, with ironic dialogues supported by the strong
performance of Bill Murray.
In cinemas from 10 January 2013.