Portrait of the Queen

original title:

Portrait of the Queen

italian title:

Ritratto di regina

directed by:

cast:

Charles Dance, Isabella Rossellini, Susan Sarandon, Pierpaolo Piccioli, David Montgomery, Brian Aris, Chris Levine, John Swannell, Jason Bell, Julian Calder

screenplay:

from the book "Elisabetta II: Ritratto di Regina" by Paola Calvetti

country:

Italy

year:

2022

film run:

90'

format:

colour

status:

Ready (01/05/2022)

festivals & awards:

A documentary about the image of the single most iconic Woman of our times.
This will be her story spanning through seven decades, seen through the lenses of the world’s greatest photographers as they created an iconographic image that remains unique, while everything around her, culture, society and politics, changes at the speed of light. It is based on Paola Calvetti’s book “Elisabetta II: Ritratto di Regina” (Elizabeth II: Portrait of the Queen). The documentary is directed by one of the world’s most sought-after photographers, Fabrizio Ferri. Among the others, contributions of: David Montgomery, Brian Aris, Chris Levine, John Swannell, Jason Bell, Julian Calder.
I preferred to shoot their ‘portraits’ in the studio, with a pictorial light, in a black “box”, portraying them dressed in black. Their stories, their emotions in recalling them, their experiences with the Queen which they shared with me – Fabrizio Ferri.
“Charles Dance will embody the great legends of photography like Cecil Beaton, Bryan Adams, Lord Snowdon, Jousuf Karsh, also through their own words, written in diaries like Cecil Beaton’s memoires” – Paola Calvetti
“It’s not just a narrative voice, but a real presence that forms the backbone of the film” – Fabrizio Ferri.

DIRECTOR’S NOTES:
I preferred to shoot their ‘portraits’ in the studio, with a pictorial light, in a black "box", portraying them dressed in black. Their stories, their emotions in recalling them, their experiences with the Queen which they shared with me.
Charles Dance will embody the great legends of photography like Cecil Beaton, Bryan Adams, Lord Snowdon, Jousuf Karsch, also through their own words, written in diaries like Cecil Beaton’s memoires. It’s not just a narrative voice, but a real presence that forms the backbone of the film.