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though_RB
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elizabeth_NP
._.
._.
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filmmaker_NN
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1554_CD
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catholicism_NN
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dying_JJ
._.
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heretical_JJ
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a_DT
husband_NN
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spain_NP
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equation_NN
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problem_NN
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perhaps_RB
aside_RB
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elizabeth_NP
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well_RB
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blanchett_NP
)_)
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the_DT
marvelous_JJ
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advisor_NN
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sir_NN
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and_CC
attenborough_NP
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a_DT
well-meaning_JJ
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old-fashioned_JJ
lead_NN
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why_WRB
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you_PP
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be_BE
asking_VBG
,_,
do_DO
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recommend_VB
elizabeth_NP
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simply_RB
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the_DT
result_NN
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perfect_JJ
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director_NN
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cinematographer_NN
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kapur_NP
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cinematographer_NN
remi_???
adefarasin_NN
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neither_RB
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whom_WP
i_PP
have_HV
heard_VBN
)_)
create_VB
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cellars_NNS
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16th_CD
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color_NN
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windows_NNS
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decade_NN
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ranking_NN
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kundun_???
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braveheart_NP
._.
watch_NN
also_RB
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the_DT
incredibly_RB
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godfather-esque_JJ
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mass_NN
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scene_NN
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me_PP
think_VB
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retrospect_NN
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similarities_NNS
between_IN
the_DT
two_CD
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._.