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"Historical" Movies

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"Historical" Movies

Postby Rowan » Mon September 8th, 2008, 3:11 pm

I put the quotations there because we all know how Hollywood loves to take liberties with their version of history. So, aside from the Tudors mini-series, I thought I'd start a thread about other "historical" movies.

I got Mrs Brown from NetFlix today via a friend. Has anyone seen this? Opinions?

I like Dame Judi Dench as an actress so I will probably watch it irrespective of the historical accuracy of the film. Still, I'd like to know whether it is or isn't accurate.
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Postby MLE (Emily Cotton) » Mon September 8th, 2008, 4:39 pm

It seems that historical movies are coming back into vogue, although I cringed when I heard of the plot for 'Kingdom of Heaven' and looked up the real figures on whom it was based. The upshot was that I did not go see it, altho I will probably see it on DVD sooner or later.
During the 50s and 60s historical epics were quite popular. They probably weren't any more accurate, but back then I didn't have google to check them out!
One of my favorites was a Charlton Heston film set in Sudan, I can't remember the name, where some Islamic jihadist tried to take over a city. (why can't I remember the name? It was the same as the city, I think.)
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Postby SonjaMarie » Mon September 8th, 2008, 4:48 pm

Love IMDB:
Khartoum (1966)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060588/

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Postby MLE (Emily Cotton) » Mon September 8th, 2008, 5:00 pm

That's it! Thanks. And Heston played General Gordon, who really did engage in this conflict. Set in Victorian times.
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Postby annis » Mon September 8th, 2008, 5:54 pm

My favorite is 1958 movie "The Vikings" starring Tony Curtis and Kirk Douglas, and with Ernest Borgnine as the wild-eyed King Ragnar. A high-action barbarian epic classic.
It was based on a book called "The Viking" by Edison Marshall, who wrote several books around that time in the historical high adventure style.

Highly recommended as a read about the vintage historical epic movies is George MacDonald Fraser's NF "The Hollywood History of the World"

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Postby donroc » Mon September 8th, 2008, 6:04 pm

"MLE" wrote:That's it! Thanks. And Heston played General Gordon, who really did engage in this conflict. Set in Victorian times.


But Gordon never had a face-to face with the Madhi. Good drama though, the same as with the fanciful meetings between Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart.
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Bodo the Apostate, a novel set during the reign of Louis the Pious and end of the Carolingian Empire.

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Postby princess garnet » Mon September 8th, 2008, 11:45 pm

"Rowan" wrote:
I got Mrs Brown from NetFlix today via a friend. Has anyone seen this? Opinions?


I saw this movie on PBS as part of the "Masterpiece Theater" season and enjoyed it.

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Postby Leyland » Tue September 9th, 2008, 12:12 am

I've seen Mrs Brown a couple times and loved it. It was all about the Highland scene locations ... and Gerard Butler and Billy Connolly, for me though. Ah, those Scotsmen!
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Postby Telynor » Tue September 9th, 2008, 2:38 am

"Leyland" wrote:I've seen Mrs Brown a couple times and loved it. It was all about the Highland scene locations ... and Gerard Butler and Billy Connolly, for me though. Ah, those Scotsmen!


I've watched this one several times and enjoyed it immensely. The costuming is wonderful. Before this one, I had only seen Billy Connoly as a comedian (his standup is riotous, to say the least), and it really helped to flesh him out as an actor.

Here's the link to the review about the film that I put up:
http://www.epinions.com/review/mvie_mu-1079401/content_58481217156
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Postby Rowan » Tue September 9th, 2008, 1:41 pm

Thanks for your input Telynor!!! I read your review entirely and look forward to viewing it tonight. :)


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