A Dance to the Music of Time

Friday 14th July. 2.00 PM – ‘A’ Stage, Shepperton Studios. Another dance today but in a very different vein from Raleigh and Bess’ volta. Today it is the Queen who dances with Raleigh in one of the most powerful scenes in the movie.


As there was no dialogue in this morning’s work it’s perhaps an odd choice of scene to write about but it is one of those moments where the choreography of the dance, the lighting, the movement of the camera and the performance of the actors come together to say more than words.
Here is Elizabeth momentarily forgetting the loneliness of power, forgetting the pain and danger of the present, forgetting the long years that have passed. Although she was no younger a young woman by the time she met Raleigh, in this dance we see the girl still trapped inside and in her face we witness the memory of a dance that should have happened years before. If it had then it might have changed everything.
Justin

5 Responses to “A Dance to the Music of Time”

  1. Cinda says:

    Dance to the Music
    Dance today
    in one of the most powerful scenes
    as there was no dialogue
    in this work
    Perhaps an odd choice of scene
    It is one of those moments
    where the dance
    say more than words
    Momentarily forgetting
    the loneliness
    the pain and danger
    ~forgetting
    In this dance
    we see inside
    and witness
    the memory
    the memory of a dance
    that should have happened years before
    If it had then
    it might have changed
    …everything

  2. Sir Walter Rallay says:

    Hey justin,
    I have mentioned before, the lack of historical evidence that relates to Raleigh and dance. How could a dance scene be the most powerful scene of this movie with all that has happened so far, Mary’s head that came off, Spanish Armada, the cloak, secrets and the New World. Why Justin do you feel the dance scene with Raleigh and Elizabeth to be so powerful?
    and Cindy how come there is no poetry of my words or others? lol
    WR

  3. North says:

    Awesome, Justin!! I like the way you describe Elizabeth’s discernment…
    Sir Walter, perhaps this dance-element of Elizabeth’s crown-imprisoned life; shows her soft side? In that, love gives a powerful message…? yes? maybe? : )

  4. Cinda says:

    Dear Sir,
    It is beyond “me” …purely compellation.
    Please note, not all of Justin’s writings have a decoded poem.
    It’s a mystery to me too! Ahahahahahaaaa
    Indeed, I very well ask myself your same question:)
    Cinda

  5. Bill says:

    North,
    I think you are on to something when pointing out Elizabeth’s “discernment.” Her elder sister, Mary, sought out the consolation of “The Blessed Virgin” (in “Elizabeth”). In a previous scene, Elizabeth was reading “The Consolation of Philosophy” by Boethius (which she actually translated, by the way). And in this scene we see the lost consolation of love?
    Yesterday, I watched “Elizabeth” with Shekhar’s comments enabled and that word “consolation” stuck out in an odd way. I also think Shekhar’s comments on the voltas in “Elizabeth” certainly shed light here on this scene.
    Hence, your assignment for Cinema 101 is to re-watch “Elizabeth” with Shekhar’s comments enabled. There may be a pop quiz . . .
    Bill

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