The Royal Diaries: Isabel - Jewel of Castilla
2000, regia di William Fruet
Scheda: Nazione: Canada-USA - Produzione: Scholastic Productions - Distribuzione: Scholastic Productions - Soggetto: dal libro Isabel: Jewel of Castilla di Carolyn Meyer - Sceneggiatura: Ann Bradshaw, Barbara O'Kelly - Scenografia: Ian Brock - Formato: Color, film tv, corto - Durata: 27'.
Cast: Lisa Jakub, Arturo Fresolone, Cara Pifko, Christopher Ralph.
Plot Summary, Synopsis, Review: IMDb - allmovie.com - filmaffinity.com - rottentomatoes.com - whosdatedwho.com - amazon.com - dvdtown.com: Based on the book by Carolyn Meyer, this film stars Lisa Jakub (Mrs. Doubtfire, Independence Day) as Isabel, a devout Catholic who clearly seems burdened by her royal status and is frequently chided for sneaking off. Whereas Cleopatra had to be invited to go to the marketplace to see for herself how her father was poorly regarded, Isabel would rather spend her time with her friend Catalina (Cara Pifko) away from the castle. The politics here are even more complicated than the first story, and that might get in the way of some viewers' enjoyment. One of her brothers rules Castilla, while another is King of another, and the bad brother is eager to marry her off. "Might I know their names?" she inquires, and is told "England, France, and Portugal." The emphasis here is on Isabel's wish to somehow negotiate the civil war that has broken out between her brothers and to marry on her own terms, with the Archbishop (Arturo Fresolone) her closest advisor. No violence is shown, no battles, just homefront chatting as with the first installment. Everything unsavory is kept off-camera, as when, in the postscript, we're informed that "not everything she did was good" as a queen, and told that she was responsible for the Inquisition that tortured and put-to-death thousands of innocent people as she tried to purify the church. As with the Cleopatra segment, the costumes are gorgeous, and the actors who are meant to be children and teenagers are actually that age. It makes everything seem all the more real. Though Isabel's character arc and this plot arc isn't as long as Cleopatra's, it's still effective as a slice of 15th-century life».
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