Mary Queen of Scots

Showed at Images 1/11/2019–1/17/2019

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Margo Robbie, David Tennant, Guy Pearce, Jack Lowden

Dr. Anthony Daly, Professor of History, Political Science and Public Policy at MCLA, will introduce the 7pm screening on Sunday, Jan. 13.

Mary Queen of Scots explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I. Each young Queen beholds her “sister” in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones – and change the course of history.

  • Director: Josie Rourke
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 2 hours 4 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

“Despite its ruff collars and Elizabethan English, Mary Queen of Scots is no staid, stuffy period drama, as restrained as the breathing of corseted women. Instead, this a vital film, whose lace-trimmed bosom heaves with life.”

– The Playlist