The cinematic afterlife of an early modern political diva
Elisabeth Bronfen and Barbara Straumann
queen, and hear her cheering subjects,
although the crowd remains invisible. The camera focuses exclusively on
her, zooming into a close-up of her face, as the actress holds her pose.
Then an overlapping dissolve superimposes an image of the crown onto her
face. (The release of the film coincided with the coronation of
Elizabeth II, thought by many to usher in a so-called new Elizabethanera.) Like