The Crown

The Crown

The Complete First Season

DVD - 2017
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The British Empire is in decline, the political world is in disarray, and a young woman takes the throne ... a new era is dawning. Queen Elizabeth II is a 25-year-old newlywed faced with the daunting prospect of leading the world's most famous monarchy while forging a relationship with legendary Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill.


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Learning history through books, movies, and TV series is a favorite pastime of many people. One of the best shows currently is The Crown, which tells the story of Queen Elizabeth II, how she became queen of the United Kingdom, and how she adapted herself and her family to the work of the sovereign. Elizabeth ascended the throne in 1953 and has reigned more than 65 years, so we will have many… (more)

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The British Empire is in decline, the political world is in disarray, and a young woman takes the throne ... a new era is dawning. Queen Elizabeth II is a 25-year-old newlywed faced with the daunting prospect of leading the world's most famous monarchy while forging a relationship with legendary ... Read More »

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Dec 22, 2019

Excellent series. John Lithgow is wonderful as Churchill. What a difficult time that was and how things have changed!

shokolit Dec 11, 2019

An excellent production, with a superb casting. I've enjoyed watching it very much.

Sep 04, 2019

Interesting to watch but remember this kind of presentation of history isn't necessarily completely factual and can really bias your perception of personalities and historical events. For example the London smog event was real but from what I can tell the secretary was made up and added to dramatize the episode. Several years later multiple clean air acts were passed, but it wasn't a national political crisis as portrayed, particularly not for Churchill.

Aug 28, 2019

The material is interesting but the presentation is horrible. The scenes, regardless of location, are always presented in a hazy atmosphere.

Aug 14, 2019

I just could not get into this, I have seen other films that are way better. Acelebration of a bunch of boring people who oppress others to get their wealth just didn't do it for me. Boring!

Apr 08, 2019

High-quality production of Queen Elizabeth's acension to the throne at the young age of 25. Does a very good job of showing her intimate relationships--including her husband's difficult adjustment to his role as consort, not independent Navy commander. I especially like the warm relationship between King George (unwillingly forced into his role by his brother's abdiction) and his daughters, and the poignant story of his death from lung cancer. This is enjoyable as escapist fare but also has a message about female leaders and the mixed price they pay.

Dec 19, 2018

I love Netflix’s historical drama The Crown starring actors Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II and Matt Smith as Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. It is very educational and the acting was excellent. In the first episode of season one, we meet the 25 year old Princess Elizabeth and we see her marriage to Prince Philip. The series explores how Elizabeth tackles her responsibility with the throne. The series also covers her marriage to Prince Phillip and her relationship with Prime Minister Winston Churchill. The first episode of The Crown was a bit slow, but little did I know it would get better and better. My favourite episode was called Act of God (Season 1, Episode 4). I knew nothing of the Great Smog of 1952 and thanks to the Crown it inspired me to learn more about English history. There are many other storylines in the season like the episode Smoke and Mirrors (Season 1, Episode 5) that also stands out because it features Princess Elizabeth’s coronation and it was captivating, as we see Queen Elizabeth II anointed with holy oil, and a few real live footage scenes. I really look forward to watching the next season. 5/5 Stars. @janmarrow1225 of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Oct 25, 2018

I'm not a Royalist & generally keep my personal opinions to myself, especially while in the UK. That said - despite my lack of any great interest, other than historical significance, I was drawn into this story. IMO the acting was excellent with many characters to love, dislike or find indifferent. I wasn't 'crazy' with the portrayal of P.Phillip, but what do I know of the real person? The continual pose with head down, coy looking upward with eyes, got so tiresome. V. Kirby as P. Margret was enticing; J. Harris was excellent despite as the King even though his appearance didn't resemble for me; Alex Jennings is always brilliant in any role. I didn't care for J Lithgow as Winston, even though he did a remarkable performance in bringing the brilliance & mercurial nature of the PM.

Having spent considerable time in the far north, seen the Q's Mothers domain I didn't know the historical background. The scenery almost made me weep at the beauty. The enormous cost of taxpayers money spent on the opulence for The R's is staggering. Tradition.

Dianne Cox
Oct 17, 2018

Really enjoyed all 9? episodes. Was fortunate to borrow it 3 times from the Express Shelf at the library.

Aug 05, 2018

Its amazing to see the past brought to life. A beautiful and thrilling series. The companion book is excellent too with more details and great photos - both from the series and the actual historical events. Enjoy!

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Dec 30, 2017

Remember? What Papa called us.
- Yes.
Elizabeth is my pride and Margaret is my joy. But Margaret is my joy. I'm sorry. I have to claim the few victories I'm left with. And we're not disputing it, surely?
- What?
That I was Papa's favourite. There's a cruel truth to it, isn't there? When there are two sisters so close in age, the more one becomes one thing, the more the other necessarily becomes the opposite and vice versa. It's the way of things. If one is the Queen, must be the source of honour and all that is good, the other necessarily becomes the focus of the most creative malice. Evil sister.
- No one says you're evil.
Next to you, I will always be evil. Feckless lost lesser thing. And yet you spend so much time telling me that I'm a lesser thing.
-Only to give myself a moment's peace.
Would you consider doing it for me? Just from time to time.
- What?
Putting a foot wrong. The occasional mistake. Let the side down. So I might not be so conspicuous a failure by comparison.

Dec 30, 2017

Not many quotes in IMDb or wikiquote. Here is a few among many I found memorable:

Dearest Lilibet, I know how you loved your papa, my son. And I know you will be as devastated as I am by this loss. But you must put those sentiments to one side now, for duty calls. The grief for your father's death will be felt far and wide. Your people will need your strength and leadership. I have seen three great monarchies brought down through their failure to separate personal indulgences from duty. You must not allow yourself to make similar mistakes. And while you mourn your father, you must also mourn someone else. Elizabeth Mountbatten. For she has now been replaced by another person, Elizabeth Regina. The two Elizabeths will frequently be in conflict with one another. The fact is, the Crown must win. Must always win.

Dec 30, 2017

"There are two elements of the Constitution:" wrote Walter Bagehot in 1867. "The efficient and the dignified. Which is the monarch? Your Royal Highness?
- The dignified?
Very good. The efficient has the power to make and execute policy and is answerable to the electorate. What touches all should be approved by all.
The dignified gives significance and legitimacy to the efficient and is answerable only?
- To God.
Precisely. Two institutions, Crown and government, dignified and the efficient, only work when they support each other. When they trust one another. You can underline that.
- Do you teach this to your other pupils?
No, just you. This is what I teach them. These are exam papers.
- Shouldn't I know all of this, too?
No, Ma'am. All very undignified.

Dec 30, 2017

Does the name Donora mean anything to you?
-Donora? Oh, of course I remember Donora. It was a scandal. A small mill town in America, outside Philadelphia?
-They had a smog brought on by a freak anti-cyclone which trapped the emissions from the local copper work
- ... in the fog. In a few days a number of people died.
Twenty. And several thousand became seriously ill from the poisonous fog.
After the incident a cross-party delegation was sent to Donora on an urgent fact-finding mission. They recommended that clean air zones be set up all round London, as a precautionary measure.
- I never saw the report.
With good reason. Our Prime Minister threw it away, claiming it wasn't a priority.
The choking, eye-watering fog which has already caused two days of chaos across the capital has worsened overnight. The great coal-burning electricity stations in Battersea and Fulham, have attempted to reduce emissions of poisonous sulphur dioxide from their chimneys.

Dec 30, 2017

I accepted this commission because I admired you and I came through the experience admiring you even more.
-You make monsters of everyone you admire? It's not vindictive.
It's art. It's not personal.
-Well, you are a lost soul. A narcissist without direction or certainty.
Please, sir. Don't overreact. Give it time. I showed those sketches to your wife throughout. She remarked on how accurate they were.
-That is the whole point. It is not a reasonably truthful image of me!
It is, sir.
- It is not! It is cruel!
Age is cruel! If you see decay, it's because there's decay. If you see frailty, it's because there's frailty. I can't be blamed for what is. And I refuse to hide and disguise what I see. If you're engaged in a fight with something, then it's not with me. It's with your own blindness.

Dec 30, 2017

Not many quotes in IMDb or wikiquote. Here is a few among many I found memorable:
Well, in the name of the people that live with you and love you, might I suggest not being Head of the Church for a minute. Or Head of State, or Head of the Commonwealth of Nations, or the Army, or the Navy, or the overnment, or the Fount of Justice, or the whole damn circus, frankly.
- And be what?
A living, breathing thing, a woman. A sister. A daughter. A wife.
Your uncle has let us all down. He put love before family. Now I want you to promise me one thing that you will never put anyone or anything before one another. You are sisters above all else. And must never let one another down. Understood?


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