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Our challenge this week is thus: Is it possible for a director to make a historical film and not have it wind up either: A) totally boring like “The Sun,” Aleksandr Sokurov’s film about Emperor Hirohito, or B) completely over-the-top and ludicrous like “300”?

Our contestant this week is Shekhar Kapur, a quite capable director who has met this challenge before in 1988, with “Elizabeth.” That film fashioned a great thriller out of the courtroom intrigue and sectarian struggles of 16th-century England and featured an astounding performance by a then barely-known Cate Blanchett as the “virgin queen,” Elizabeth I.

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