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An empress trapped in a gilded cage
Thursday, September 22nd, 2022

In Corsage, the film that she presented yesterday in Perlak, the Austrian director, Marie Kreutze, presented a much more realistic vision of empress Elisabeth of Bavaria that rebelled against the myth created by the trilogy of films from the 1950s starring Romy Schneider. Corsage won various awards at Cannes in the Un certain regard section, including the award for best actress for Vicky Krieps and the star of films like Phantom Thread and Bergman Island accompanied the director throughout her visit to San Sebastián. Kreutze said that she hadn’t attempted to correct the vision of the empress provided by other films; what she was interested in was to provide a personal viewpoint about her, that she gradually developed while she was reading her biography. Although she wasn’t a monarchist, she did think that certain figures like Elizabeth or Elisabeth the 2nd transcended the institution that they represented. They lived in a gilded cage that in a certain way they tried to escape from, which revealed a free-spirited, restless nature.


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