“The Princess”: Diana’s drama with new pictures

“A princess”
Diana drama with new pictures

The life of Princess Diana is depicted uncensored in the cinematic documentary The Princess using contemporary audio-visual material.


In the documentary “The Princess”, Ed Perkins tells the story of Princess Diana in surprising and unknown images.

In fact, the tragic life, love and family history of Princess Diana (1961-1997) is widely known. However, a documentary will come to the cinema that tells the great drama with mostly unknown and sometimes completely surprising images. British director Ed Perkins (“Black Sheep”), who has already been nominated for an Academy Award, directed this masterpiece. Together with his team, he meticulously read archive materials and private recordings for “ten hours a day for six months”. The film team got the latter “through social media and calls in the papers,” the beloved director told the audience at a screening at City-Kino Tuesday night as part of the Munich Film Festival.

goosebumps moments

The film’s unusual narrative style – not interviewing experts, eyewitnesses, or people who knew or met Diana – created something entirely new. Even the entry shows where the flight is headed. You can watch a private video of unnamed Paris tourists who happened to be driving near the Ritz late in the evening of August 30, 1997, and recorded a storm of flash cameras in front of the entrance and talked about the fact that a very special celebrity must have been there. at present. Diana must have, as she is known, will not survive the night.

Perkins also put a similar rattling moment to the end by showing a group of lucky paddle-card players who learn of the princess’s car accident while the TV is on. Knowing today, that is, for the cinema audience, is an absolute foreign moment of shame. But then suddenly the news of Diana’s death flashed across the screen in the men’s group …

Scene from the engagement meeting of Prince Charles, now 73, and Mrs. Diana Spencer, 19, in February 1981. The close-up shows how he caresses her hand softly and almost lovingly. Then she said with a smile, “With Charles by my side, nothing can go wrong.” “I look forward to being a good wife,” she later said.

All the famous interviews and quotes of Diana and Charles about private lives (“Tambun” for Camilla) and the subsequent War of the Roses (“There were three of us in our marriage, so it was a bit crowded.”) play a role in the documentary. Also surprising is an interview that Duchess Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson, 62, Diana’s sister-in-law, had with talking queen Oprah Winfrey, 68, in which they talked about the special crises of the heir to the throne.

The role of the media and the public

He also talks about the role of the media in the life of probably the most photographed woman in the world, about the siege of the amazing paparazzi and the demand of the public, readers and viewers always to know more about her. “Yes, the movie is about Diana. But it’s also a movie about us and our relationship to the property,” Perkins says. A particularly silly scene: an advertisement in the supermarket announcing Diana’s first pregnancy. In two other points of the film, it is no coincidence that the horrific royal hunting scenes intersect.

The director clarifies one aspect of Diana’s drama: “On the one hand, we want the royals to be like us, and on the other we want the fairy tale – but the two do not go together.” He insists, “The film is not intended to be a critique of Diana’s interest, but of the way we consume such stories as entertainment.” For twenty years, Perkins said, this story has been “more like a national television series or comedy.” What happened was not only the fault of the media or the royal family.

Do minors know documentation?

The film team informed the minors that they were making this film. However, members of the royal family have not participated and there has been no reaction so far, Perkins says. But he clearly does not fear them either, as he “treated the royal family with respect and sensitivity”, as he does in all documentaries. “I always take my responsibility to my heroes very seriously.”

As evidence, he sums up again at the end of the question-and-answer session: “It’s a very complex and difficult story for the British royal family, for many fans it is a very personal story, but for Prince Harry and Prince William, it is the story of their lives Diana is their mother.”

A theatrical performance the day before Diana’s birthday

The documentary “The Princess,” which Ed Perkins has worked on for two years, celebrated its world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. In Germany, the film will open in cinemas on June 30 – a day before the deceased royal icon’s birthday (July 1, 1961).


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