Katharina Schüttler, Johann von Bülow, Christian Friedel and Oliver Hirschbiegel - 65th Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale) - '13 Minutes' (Elser) - Premiere - Berlin, Germany - Thursday 12th February 2015
Oliver Hirschbiegel compared the failure of his Princess Diana movie to that of his Nazi movie.
In the wake of some truly scathing reviews towards his latest movie, Diana director Oliver Hirschbiegel has spoken out against a tidal wave of bad press that slated his movie, his actors, his directing and sent his royal biopic plummeting down the box office charts in the UK.
Naomi Watts Has Now Been Saddled With The Unfortunate Movie.
Faced with British critics who heaved in revulsion at the "cheap and cheerless" attempt to finally turn the life of the late Diana Princess Of Wales into a palatable movie, Hirschbiegel has spoken out to calm the storm or at least save his reputation. Whilst the Telegraph labelled the film as "a special class of awful," The Guardian elaborated saying Diana is "an excruciatingly well-intentioned, reverential and sentimental biopic about her troubled final years, laced with bizarre cardboard dialogue."
The much-maligned director has his say.
It’s pretty fair to say that Diana – the film – was an unmitigated disaster. It would actually be quite unfair to say anything else. But while the critics were bashing away at their keyboard, submitting their negative reviews and sitting back, watching the slew of other derogatory reviews hit the net, spare a thought for poor Oliver Hirschbiegel, who had to read them all.
Naomi Watts might be regretting her decision to get on board as Diana
He said the negative press surrounding the film was "devastating, but when you make a film you don't think about the reactions" (BBC)
Only a few days after its premiere, 'Diana' has been almost universally panned.
Some old questions are raised again this week with the release of Diana, starring Naomi Watts. The film - directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel - focuses of the final years of Diana’s life, her relationships with London heart surgeon Hasnat Khan and later, Dodi Fayed. Because of the movie’s somewhat controversial subject matter, Naomi Watts has already tried to distance herself from any possible offence that it might cause, particularly to Diana’s sons, princes William and Harry.
Naomi Watts as Diana.
"Hopefully if they get to see the film, they will feel that we have done it in a respectful and sensitive way," she told BBC TV. "We try to honor the depiction of her character in the best possible way."
What can we read from Naomi Watts' radio interview walkout?
It's probably not unfair to suggest there hasn't been fevered anticipation to Oliver Hirschbiegel's new movie Diana, starring Naomi Watts as the late Princess. Sure, we were all vaguely intrigued when the first stills rolled out online, and the trailer was worth a watch, but this wasn't Helen Mirren as The Queen.
Naomi Watts as Princess Diana in 'Diana'
Suggestions that the film may not be in the best taste - or worse still, may not be any good - were lent credence this week when Watts walked out of an interview with the film critic Mark Kermode and broadcaster Simon Mayo for BBC5 Live.
Princess Diana was most definitely one of the most famous and inspirational women in the world, known to all as the People's Princess. Never seduced by the lure of wealth, fame and royalty, she lived her life for others, but struggled deeply from her own personal troubles; her failed marriage to Prince Charles embroiled in affair scandals and subsequent divorce, the constant hounding of the press and her later romances. When she met heart surgeon Dr. Hasnat Khan, she fell deeply in love, feeling for the first time in years, like a real woman. But it was a relationship doomed to failure with further media attention forcing a rift between them. She could never escape the scrutiny of the media, even while she put all her efforts into her hands-on charity work.
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A new Princess Diana biopic, starring Naomi Watts, will depict the last two years of the Peoples' Princess's life on the 16th anniversary of her death.
The famously coiffed Princess, born Diana Francis Spencer, was born into aristocracy but came under the attention of the world's media when she married the heir to the British throne, Prince Charles.
She gave birth to two sons - William and Harry - but she and Charles divorced, under the Queen's advice, after his affair with now current-wife, Camilla Parker-Bowles.
Continue reading: Diana: New Film Brings 'The Peoples' Princess' Back To Life [Trailer]
Princess Diana was most definitely one of the most famous and inspirational women in the...
Princess Diana was known across the world as the 'People's Princess'. Her beauty, dignity and...