last Friday), I've decided today to write about truly a magnificent film that many people (in America at least) probably haven't seen. It stars one of my idols and is something not to miss. Today I introduce to you "Mrs. Brown."
You might remember me mentioning something of this film previously, when I was raving about Dame Judi Dench. Sometimes referred to as "Her Majesty, Mrs. Brown" and released in 1997, it tells the story of England's Queen Victoria (Dench) the years after the death of her husband Prince Albert, where she made an odd friendship with a rough, Scottish servant named John Brown (played by Billy Connolly). Dench won the BAFTA for Best Actress, the Scottish BAFTA for Best Actress, and the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama for her beautiful, heart-wrenching performance as Queen Victoria, but, sadly, was robbed of the Oscar (her first ever Oscar nomination), which was awarded to Helen Hunt instead for "As Good as it Gets." However, the very next year she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her 8-minute performance as England's other great monarch Queen Elizabeth I in "Shakespeare in Love" (which many feel was to make up for her loss the year before).
Henry V" (1989), "84 Charing Cross Road" (1987) or "Jack & Sarah" (1995). She also had a couple of hit television shows in the UK - "A Fine Romance" (1981-1984) with her late husband Michael Williams and "As Time Goes By" (1992-2002) with fellow "Mrs. Brown" costar Geoffrey Palmer. Yet, she thanked Harvey Weinstein, head of Miramax at the time, for catapulting her film career in her own special way...by telling him she had his name tattooed on her bum. (She really didn't, but she had a makeup friend of hers do up a fake tattoo to show him. He got a big kick out of it.)
So this week, rent "Mrs. Brown" and watch one of the best acting talents to ever grace the screen with Dame Judi Dench. It was out of print for awhile, but it's finally back on DVD. Or, if you can wait that long, it will air on TCM Jan. 8 at 1:30am EST (Jan. 7 at 10:30pm PST). Have a wonderful week, everyone!!
(Post-tidbit: "Mrs. Brown" is Gerald Butler's film debut. During a break in filming, he took his mother on a picnic, and while there, heard someone calling for help. A young boy swimming in a river nearby was drowning, so Butler jumped in and saved him. He received a Certificate of Bravery from the Royal Humane Society for the act.)