The Abdication

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Time Out says

Cold Scandinavian obsession drives Queen Christina to relinquish her throne, convert to Catholicism and seek the warmer climate of Rome, where she pours out her heart to Cardinal Peter Finch ('It seems strange to call somebody father'). As an exploration of private spaces in the lives of public people (who, through circumstance or choice, are committed to celibacy), psychological insight is too often sacrificed for the sake of verbal swordplay. It ends up skirting perilously close to superior cliché ('Are we not the world's strangest couple?'). At least Garbo, playing the same role in Mamoulian's Queen Christina, conspired with her audience against the rest of the film. One wishes for something like that here: it all seems so remote.
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Release details

UK release:

1974

Duration:

103 mins

Cast and crew

Cast:

Michael Dunn, Peter Finch, Graham Crowden, Kathleen Byron, Liv Ullmann, Cyril Cusack, Paul Rogers

Screenwriter:

Ruth Wolff

Director:

Anthony Harvey

Editor:

John Bloom

Cinematography:

Geoffrey Unsworth

Production Designer:

Terence Marsh

Producer:

James Cresson, Robert Fryer

Music:

Nino Rota

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