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Victorian Day at the British Embassy

n the 3rd of December, the British Embassy welcomed cinephiles and journalists to a private showing of the film: Young Victoria. The showing was intended to promote the British history and attracted both Russian and British visitors. Various celebrities gathered to watch the film, like Zhanna Aguzarova (Russian singer), Arkady Novikov (restaurant entrepreneur) and others. Guests sipped wines cocktails and snacks in anticipation. The evening was hosted by the British ambassador to Russia Mrs. Anne Pringle. Ambassador Pringle introduced CEOs of ‘World Fashion Channel’ and ‘Top Film Company’ which supported the event.

Film maker Martin Scorcese was also involved as a producer in this film and his participation played a great role in the promotion of Young Victoria. The movie traces the first years of Queen Victoria’s reign and her love story with German Prince Albert. The acting is authentic and the costumes are incredibly lavish without being gaudy. Like all historical movies, the movie has some factual errors. Prince Albert, for example, was not injured in the attack on the Queen, as is depicted in the film. In her opening speech to the Privy Council, the new Queen Victoria refers to herself with ‘I’ and ‘me’. This would never have happened in the day - monarchs always referred to themselves with the royal plural “we”. Anyway, the film is rich with historical details, characters and traditions and can be rated as an educational program for anyone who is fond of English history.

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