An assortment of comments on Elizabeth: the Golden Age. As we said, the movie contains a lot of historical innacuracies, which you can consult here, as well as almost parodic presentations of Philip II and even Mary Queen of Scots. The movie seems to focus on the mythical character of the Queen -an aspect which was really part of the perception that many of her subjects had of her.

Despite all of this, the film contains some wonderful perfomances, an impeccable recreation of the times, and some extraordinary scenes. There are three in particular which are worth revisiting.

In the first, Elizabeth consults an astrologer. This is a true story. His name was John Dee, who was also a mathematician and an astronomer. The blurred frontier between science and disciplines such as alchemy and astrology continued in fact for a long time, even up to Sir Isaac Newton.

In the second, in the banquet given in honour of one of his royal petitioners of marriage, we are offered a vivid and colourful glimpse of the masquerades and imaginative blends of theatre, symbol and music which were characteristic of Elizabethan times and which can now be recovered at the Globe Theatre in London.

In the third, Sir Walter Raleigh (who, by the way, was really sent to the Tower by the Queen, and then beheaded -his head is kept at the Church of St Margaret, near Westminster; a place I like to show students in our trips to London) conveys to the Queen his experience of adventure at sea, with deeply poetic words which almost become symbolic of the very experience of living. Even if only for this scene, the film would be worth watching. This is the magic of the English language.