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The Princess

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United Kingdom · 2022
1h 44m
Director Ed Perkins
Starring Princess Diana of Wales, Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, Prince William
Genre Documentary

This documentary reexamines Princess Diana's life in the public eye -- and all the intense adoration and scrutiny that came with it -- like no other film has. Made up entirely of archival footage from interviews and newscasts, the film tells her story in a uniquely candid way, focusing on the tumultuous relationship between the People's Princess and the media.

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Slashfilm by Chris Evangelista

It's a handsomely constructed, often addictive documentary – but it's also repeating the same story we've been told again and again.


Screen Daily by Fionnuala Halligan

A palpably well-made documentary if an uber-voyeuristic one, The Princess attempts an immersive approach into the life of Diana, while examining the attitude of the public to her – and the royal family – during that time.


The Film Stage by John Fink

Perkins’ approach, however, could be read more as an exercise in media study than biopic of Diana. It adds to the canon but not the lure of the mythical “People’s Princess.”


IndieWire by Kate Erbland

Without the influx of talking heads and other bits of opinion and information, the audience is forced to confront their own judgements. ... The effect is ingenious and chilling.


Variety by Owen Gleiberman

A perfectly timed, compulsively watchable once-over-lightly documentary. ... After all [the recent] dramatic treatments, it’s galvanizing to see the real story laid out exactly as it happened — or, more precisely, as it happened and as it was presented to the public, those being, quite often, two very different things.

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