"A fig for Rizzio
!" cried she, tossing her head with all its curls, as she moved to the piano.
Barrington Nguyen 3, Bischoff 2, Cerkleski, Keck, Rizzio
, Farkas, Tarpey.
'We spit on Bonnie Prince Charlie and Flora MacDonald, on Rizzio
's blood and Mary Queen of Scots and the Flowers o' the Forest and Archibald Bell-the-Cat.' 'The end or an aula sang?' 'We spit on great greeny-yellow gobs on the end of an auld sang.' (47) In this irruption 'The Flowers of the Forest' again resonates with the 'old song' of the title.
And for the homoerotic rendition of David Rizzio
(Mary's Italian secretary, Ismael Cruz Cordova) and her second husband Lord Darnley (Jack Lowden).
The subplot involving David Rizzio
(Ismael Cruz Cordova) takes so many historical liberties that the overall agenda comes into clear focus and is totally disruptive.
It was in the supper room that the Queen's second husband, Lord Darnley, accused her private secretary, David Rizzio
, of an affair with his wife.
The other characters in this political drama, circa 16th century, include the Earl of Moray (James McArdle), John Knox (David Tennant), Sir William Cecil (Guy Pearce), Robert Dudley (Joe Alwyn), Lord Alwyn (Jack Lowden), Bess of Hardwick (Gemma Chan), Rizzio
(Ismael Cruz Cordova) and English Nobleman (Philip Gascoyne).
He stabbed her beloved private secretary Rizzio
in front of her."
I remember, as a child, visiting Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh and standing over the (presumably re-touched) bloodstain where David Rizzio
was murdered by Lord Darnley, and being forcibly struck by the reality of standing on the same spot - the very same boards - where the killing had taken place.
CREDITS: A Lionsgate release of a Lionsgate, Palmstar Media Capital, Kevin Frakes presentation, PRODUCED BY Anthony Bregman, Kevin Frakes, Raj Brinder Singh, David Alpert, Britton Rizzio
. DIRECTED BY Nima Nourizadeh.