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Period Piece Film Recommendations

I love period piece films, particularly ones based on classic novels (I try to read the novel before watching). I have seen several, but there are always hidden gems.

Please drop your period film recommendations. Bonus points if explain why you love said film!

by Anonymousreply 134April 3, 2024 1:16 AM

The Remains of the Day (1993).

Merchant-Ivory Productions teamed up with Mike Nichols to make a nearly flawless film based on Kazuo Ishiguro's Nobel Prize winning novel about an emotionally unavailable butler during the rise of Hitler.

The acting is impeccable- Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson have off the charts chemistry. James Fox, Hugh Grant, Michael Lonsdale, Peter Vaughan, and Christopher Reeve round out the unassailable cast in most of their finest film performances.

And to top it off, the film features the music of Franz Schubert.

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by Anonymousreply 1March 31, 2024 12:09 AM

They ARE Period Piece Film Recommendations!

by Anonymousreply 2March 31, 2024 12:11 AM

Angel directed by Francois Ozon, based on the novel by (not that) Elizabeth Taylor, starring Romola Garai, Michael Fassbender, Sam Neill and Charlotte Rampling.

People tend to hate it but it’s great, as is the book.

by Anonymousreply 3March 31, 2024 12:15 AM

Jill Learns About Periods is my favorite period piece film.

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by Anonymousreply 4March 31, 2024 12:17 AM

NIGHT AND DAYS (1975) aka "the Polish Gone With the Wind". The complete TV version runs for over 10 hours but the Oscar-nominated, 3-hour long film version is perfectly fine too. The actress playing the lead character gives an amazing, larger-than-life performance, portraying her character over the span of 50+ years (from 1863 to WWI). I'm not sure if the novel (published in the 30s) was ever translated into English.

The music is great too. This waltz, composed for the film, is just fabulous.

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by Anonymousreply 5March 31, 2024 12:18 AM

The Age of Innocence

Love, love, love Michelle Pfeiffer.

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by Anonymousreply 6March 31, 2024 12:33 AM

Sorry, OP.

There just aren't that many "period" pieces available, outside of menstrual fetish porn.

by Anonymousreply 7March 31, 2024 12:37 AM

Fanny and Alexander

by Anonymousreply 8March 31, 2024 12:49 AM

r8 you took the words right out of my mouth.

by Anonymousreply 9March 31, 2024 12:51 AM

"Stage Beauty" (2004). The trailer explains everything. I just wish they'd used Fenton's music, and not a temp track.

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by Anonymousreply 10March 31, 2024 1:27 AM

I enjoyed Fellini Satyricon, but your mileage may vary.

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by Anonymousreply 11March 31, 2024 1:31 AM

Angels and Insects (1995)

Spicy Victorian drama with young Mark Rylance. I haven't read the novel...

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by Anonymousreply 12March 31, 2024 1:37 AM

Little Voice

by Anonymousreply 13March 31, 2024 1:37 AM

Anything by Merchant/Ivory.

by Anonymousreply 14March 31, 2024 1:38 AM

"Barry Lyndon" is superb.

by Anonymousreply 15March 31, 2024 1:41 AM

"They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" is a powerful Depression era drama set among the down and outs in a dance marathon. The novel by Horace McCoy is even better.

by Anonymousreply 16March 31, 2024 1:43 AM

"The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" is a weird but fun one. Its fantasy elements might disqualify it for some.

by Anonymousreply 17March 31, 2024 1:44 AM

The Cotton Club entranced me when I saw it in the movie theater at age 15. Fabulous movie.

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by Anonymousreply 18March 31, 2024 1:55 AM

r16 They Shoot Horses, Don't They? might be THE most depressing novel I have ever read.

by Anonymousreply 19March 31, 2024 1:57 AM

Let's not forget what is possibly the finest period picture of all time: The Gorgeous Hussy, starring our very own Joan!

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by Anonymousreply 20March 31, 2024 2:01 AM

The Heiress, with DL faves Olivia and Monty--

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by Anonymousreply 21March 31, 2024 2:04 AM

Is Jane Campion's "The Portrait of a Lady" worth watching?

by Anonymousreply 22March 31, 2024 2:07 AM

Little Women-- the 90s version with Wynona Ryder and Kirsten Dunst was beautifully acted and very authentic in its depiction of period details.

by Anonymousreply 23March 31, 2024 2:07 AM

I just saw Tess and enjoyed it a lot.

by Anonymousreply 24March 31, 2024 2:09 AM

Impromptu. Mandy Patinkin, Judy Davis, Bernadette Peters, Julian Sands, Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant. Don't need many more reasons than those.

by Anonymousreply 25March 31, 2024 2:10 AM

All This & Heaven, too, starring Bette Davis & Charles Boyer, a tale of love, scandal & murder set in 1840's France, based (loosely) on a true story. Soapy, but, enjoyable.

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by Anonymousreply 26March 31, 2024 2:19 AM

The Piano (1993)

Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Anna Paquin, and Sam Neill

Directed by Jane Campion

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by Anonymousreply 28March 31, 2024 2:47 AM

[quote] I just saw Tess and enjoyed it a lot.

Speaking of which, Polanski’s Macbeth is excellent. The opening scene is one of the best in film history.

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by Anonymousreply 29March 31, 2024 2:52 AM

I can't believe I'm going to be the one who mentions Dangerous Liaisons.

What, are all the distinguished movie aficionados out at the clubs tonight?

And while I'm thinking about it, what about Anne of the Thousand Days?

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by Anonymousreply 30March 31, 2024 2:57 AM

[quote]Fanny and Alexander

Also, "Cries and Whispers."

by Anonymousreply 31March 31, 2024 3:01 AM

Geneviève Bujold when she was young and beautiful.

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by Anonymousreply 32March 31, 2024 3:06 AM

Valmont by Milos Forman!

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by Anonymousreply 33March 31, 2024 3:18 AM

The Leopard

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by Anonymousreply 34March 31, 2024 3:21 AM

Speaking of The Heiress. I have tried to find that damned movie so I can watch it and it is impossible to find. Yes I could order it from Amazon, but I have no way to play it since I don't have a DVD player.

by Anonymousreply 35March 31, 2024 3:22 AM

"Orlando" with Tilda Swinton, based on the novel by Virginia Woolf.

by Anonymousreply 36March 31, 2024 3:23 AM

Which period was Orlando set in, R36?

by Anonymousreply 37March 31, 2024 3:26 AM

Oh!! Watch Farewell My Queen. It's about a servant girl who has a crush on Marie Antoinette at the beginning of the French Revolution. Another French history movie is Desiree with Marlon Brando as Napoleon and Jean Simmons as Desiree his first love. Michael Rennie is also in it. Thoroughly enjoyable if somewhat dated.

by Anonymousreply 38March 31, 2024 3:29 AM

A Room with a View (1985)

The splendid Merchant Ivory adaptation of E.M. Forster's fun and charming novel.

Helena Bonham Carter, Julian Sands, Denholm Elliott, Daniel Day Lewis, Rupert Graves, Judi Dench , Simon Callow, and Maggie Smith

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by Anonymousreply 39March 31, 2024 3:31 AM

Oh!! Watch Farewell My Concubine. It’s about Douzi, a boy with feminine features, abandoned by his prostitute mother to an all-boys Peking opera troupe supervised by Master Guan. Thoroughly enjoyable if with somewhat dated concepts about gender.

by Anonymousreply 40March 31, 2024 3:33 AM

A Hazard of Hearts. Helena Bonham Carter in an early role. Diana Rigg, Edward Fox, Christopher Plummer. Regency England. An adaptation of Barbara Cartland.

by Anonymousreply 41March 31, 2024 3:34 AM

Boogie Nights The Talented Mr Ripley Dazed and Confused The Last Emperor Sense and Sensibility

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by Anonymousreply 42March 31, 2024 3:36 AM

Were bodices ripped, R41?

by Anonymousreply 43March 31, 2024 3:37 AM

[quote] Valmont by Milos Forman!

Aka not-so-dangerous liaisons.

by Anonymousreply 44March 31, 2024 3:38 AM

The French Lieutenant's Woman.

by Anonymousreply 45March 31, 2024 3:39 AM

12 Years A Slave


The Pianist

Schindler's List

Cold Mountain

The Last Voyage Of Demeter

Ever After

by Anonymousreply 46March 31, 2024 3:40 AM

12 Years a Slave

by Anonymousreply 47March 31, 2024 3:41 AM

The Flowers Of War

Empire Of The Sun

by Anonymousreply 48March 31, 2024 3:45 AM

The House of Mirth, directed by the recently departed Terence Davies who should have been properly recognized during the Oscars in memoriam.

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by Anonymousreply 49March 31, 2024 4:11 AM

In addition to The Heiress, Wyler does a masterful job in Wuthering Heights with Olivier and Oberon at their most beautiful, and with The Little Foxes.

Children of Paradise is an enchanting 1830s Paris theatrical demimonde.

Smiles of a Summer Night is lighter Bergman fare set in the late 19th century.

My favorite versions of Dickens are Lean's Great Expectations and Oliver Twist, and Cukor's David Copperfield.

by Anonymousreply 50March 31, 2024 6:03 AM

Gone With the Wind

by Anonymousreply 51March 31, 2024 7:08 AM

Si Versailles m'était conté

by Anonymousreply 52March 31, 2024 7:09 AM

Orphuls La Ronde and The Earrings of Madame de...

by Anonymousreply 53March 31, 2024 7:10 AM

The Passion of Joan of Arc

by Anonymousreply 54March 31, 2024 7:11 AM

Ohhh, I just love that movie set during world war 2. What’s it called again?

by Anonymousreply 55March 31, 2024 7:12 AM

R4 lol

by Anonymousreply 56March 31, 2024 7:29 AM

Walter D. Edmonds adaptations: The Farmer Takes A Wife (Janet Gaynor, Henry Fonda), Drums Along the Mohawk (Claudette Colbert, Henry Fonda), Chad Hanna (Henry Fonda, Dorothy Lamour, Linda Darnell)

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by Anonymousreply 58March 31, 2024 7:39 AM

A Passage to India. YES!!!! Wonderful period piece. And since we're talking India, watch Gandhi, with Sir Ben Kingsley. Brilliant movie.

American Civil War ? Glory is excellent.

A Royal Affair

by Anonymousreply 59March 31, 2024 11:35 AM

Yes r43! In a carriage after being kidnapped by a scoundrel Lord. Rescued by a gallant highway man (cameo by Garth Hunt). Said Lord later killed in a (pretty authentic looking) fencing duel. Also stately homes with secret doors and underground passages.

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by Anonymousreply 61March 31, 2024 3:10 PM

^ R61, great pick 💯 - best seen in a theater if you can find it playing in a revival house. Spectacular and Omar Sharif, mother of God, one of the handsomest men who ever lived.

by Anonymousreply 62March 31, 2024 3:16 PM

Sharif, so beautiful.....

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by Anonymousreply 63March 31, 2024 3:18 PM

“Letter from an Unknown Woman”

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by Anonymousreply 64March 31, 2024 3:22 PM

Enchanted April

by Anonymousreply 65March 31, 2024 3:25 PM

Doctor Zhivago!

Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Rod Steiger, Tom Courteney, Geraldine Chaplin, Sir Ralph Richardson, and Alec Guinness!

Directed by David Lean

Music by Maurice Jarre

Based on the great novel by Boris Pasternak

by Anonymousreply 66March 31, 2024 5:03 PM

Perennial DL favorite GOSFORD PARK.

by Anonymousreply 67March 31, 2024 5:08 PM

Another vote for Enchanted April: in the 1920s, four woman take a villa in Italy for the month of April. Based on the book "The Enchanted April" by Elizabeth von Arnim.

I love how the women all start as basically strangers, two of whom have faltering marriages, and how the stay in Italy changes them.

Von Arnim led an interesting life.

by Anonymousreply 68March 31, 2024 5:23 PM

Polly Walker is fantastic in "Enchanted April." I remember thinking she would have a great film career, which didn't happen, but she's had better luck in television.

by Anonymousreply 69March 31, 2024 5:59 PM

The Claim (2000)

The Favorite

Poor Things

War and Peace (1966)

VVitch (2015)

by Anonymousreply 70March 31, 2024 6:13 PM


Dangerous Liaisons

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

The Elephant Man

by Anonymousreply 71March 31, 2024 6:21 PM

R22 Yes.

by Anonymousreply 72March 31, 2024 6:22 PM

Yes, "Witch" is a great one: dark story, brilliantly told.

"Aguirre, The Wrath of God," about the conquistadores, is also fantastic.

by Anonymousreply 73March 31, 2024 6:41 PM

The Others is also a great period horror film.

by Anonymousreply 74March 31, 2024 6:51 PM

The Others would make a good double bill with The Innocents.

by Anonymousreply 75March 31, 2024 6:58 PM

Raise the Red Lantern

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by Anonymousreply 76March 31, 2024 7:03 PM

Little House On The Prairie on Cozy-tv daily

by Anonymousreply 77March 31, 2024 7:05 PM

Sense and Sensibility.

by Anonymousreply 78March 31, 2024 7:20 PM

Repo man Discussion of life and values in mid 80’s America under Regan and Reaganism. This is one of my favorite moves. The characters search for meaning as they watch post war values of honesty and respect for one another die with a painful whimper. This occurs as they participate in the destruction of that culture They are compelled to willingly participate and watch with humor and horror in equal measure.

by Anonymousreply 79March 31, 2024 7:33 PM

Another vote for RAISE THE RED LANTERN. And for IMPROMPTU, which is a wonderful romp with a fab Judy Davis and a devilish Bernadette Peters.


HOWARDS END, the pinnacle of Merchant-Ivory film. One reason why Hopkins and Thompson are so good together in REMAINS OF THE DAY is that they developed wonderful chemistry in this film.

RETURN OF THE SOLDIER - from a Rebecca West novel - is fun to watch just for the cast: Glenda Jackson, Alan Bates, Julie Christie, and Ann-Margret who holds her own quite well.

Someone above asked about PORTRAIT OF A LADY. It's not good. Kidman is too cold an actress for the lead, Malkovich is such an obvious creep that the heroine seems dim witted, and Mary Louise Parker gives what is probably the worst performance of her career. OTOH, Barbara Hershey is excellent.

The Wyler WUTHERING HEIGHTS is fine except for Merle Oberon, who is just too prissy for Cathy. There's a 1970 version with Timothy Dalton and Anna Calder-Marshall which has a decent enough first half (and nice location cinematography). I found Calder-Marshall a much better Cathy.

by Anonymousreply 80March 31, 2024 7:45 PM

The Innocents with Deborah Kerr and Sir Michael Redgrave

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by Anonymousreply 81March 31, 2024 7:58 PM

"The Go-Between" (1971)

by Anonymousreply 82March 31, 2024 8:08 PM

Les Roseaux sauvages

by Anonymousreply 83March 31, 2024 8:11 PM

Bump to the Merchant Ivory fans, OP, R40, and others. I particularly like A Room With A View. It's got it all: a young, fresh Helena Bonham Carter before she was anywhere close to lowering herself to doing movies with Johnny Depp; Helena's (Lucy Honeychurch's) queeny, geeky innamorato Daniel Day Lewis; the tasty Julian Sands at his most alluring peak; two of our favorite dames: Maggie Smith - never better than here as the tiresome Aunt Charlotte, and the great Judi Dench; gorgeous Florence plus Italian & English countryside scenery; naked men cavorting in (and out of!) the local swimming hole; lots of funny situations and clever dialogue ... I could go on. It's a good one.

by Anonymousreply 84March 31, 2024 8:16 PM

Colonel Redl with the sexy Klaus Maria Brandauer

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by Anonymousreply 85March 31, 2024 9:16 PM

I agree that Oberon wasn't the best choice for Wuthering Heights, R80. since she was also a decade too old to be playing a teenager. I'm wondering who'd have been a better choice. Maureen O'Hara? Ida Lupino? Vivien Leigh? Anne Shirley? Valerie Hobson? Margaret Lockwood? Olivia de Havilland?

by Anonymousreply 86March 31, 2024 9:22 PM

^Me, goddamnit!!!

by Anonymousreply 87March 31, 2024 9:34 PM

Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

Directed by Sidney Lumet

Based on the novel by Agatha Christie; adapted for the screen by Paul Dehn

Music by Richard Rodney Bennett

Albert Finney stars as Hercule Poirot, with a who's who of talent: Lauren Bacall, Martin Balsam, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Jean Pierre Cassel, Sean Connery, Sir John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave, Rachel Roberts, Richard Widmark, and Michael York

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by Anonymousreply 88March 31, 2024 10:00 PM

Das Boot (1982) is a German Film about a WW2 submarine patrol. I saw this as a 14yo in a theater and I was on the edge of my seat, as was everyone else in the theater. It was very suspenseful. 98% Rotten Tomatoes score.

Brideshead Revisted (1981) PBS mini-series with Jeremy Irons and Anthony Andrews. based on book by Evelyn Waugh. It stays true to the book.

Moll Flanders (1996) Starring Robin Wright, Morgan Freeman , and Stockard Channing. It is loosely based on the 18th century novel by Daniel Defoe. The critics didn't seem to like this movie, 46% on Rotten Tomatoes, but the audience did at 72%. I liked it.

by Anonymousreply 89March 31, 2024 10:01 PM

Death on the Nile (1978)

Directed by John Guillermin

Based on the novel by Agatha Christie; Adapted for the screen by Anthony Shaffer

Music by Nino Rota

Peter Ustinov is Hercule Poirot and leads another star-studded cast consisting of Harry Andrews, Jane Birkin, Lois Chiles, Bette Davis, Mia Farrow, John Hurt, Olivia Hussey, Saeed Jaffrey, George Kennedy, Angela Lansbury, Simon McCorkindale, David Niven, Maggie Smith, Sam Wanamaker, and Jack Warden

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by Anonymousreply 90March 31, 2024 10:05 PM

Nixon (1995)

Oliver Stone's epic is a Shakespearean opera, not a film

Anthony Hopkins, Joan Allen, James Woods, J.T. Walsh, Paul Sorvino, Mary Steenburgen, Powers Boothe, Ed Harris, David Hyde Pierce, David Paymer, E.G. Marshall, Bob Hoskins, Sam Waterston, Kevin Dunn, Tony Goldwyn, Saul Rubinek, James Karen, Edward Herrmann, Madeline Kahn, Brian Bedford, Annabeth Gish, Dan Hedaya, George Plimpton, and Larry Hagman

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by Anonymousreply 91March 31, 2024 10:11 PM

R50/86, I think either Leigh or O'Hara would have worked, though Leigh was doing Scarlett at the time so she wouldn't have been available. Olivier would have loved it though.

by Anonymousreply 92March 31, 2024 10:11 PM

The Madness of King George (1994)

Directed by Nicholas Hytner

Based on the play and adapted for the screen by Alan Bennett

Music by George Handel

Starring Nigel Hawthorne, Helen Mirren, Ian Holm, Amanda Donahoe, Rupert Graves, Geoffrey Palmer, Julian Wadham, Jim Carter, and Rupert Everett

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by Anonymousreply 93March 31, 2024 10:16 PM

I thought of a couple of more period drams; both star Rufus Sewell. The Last King (2003), a 4 episode mini-series with Sewell and Helen McCrory. Dangerous Beauty (1998) About the Venetian courtesan and poet, Veronica Franco (Catherine McCormack). Rufus Sewell plays her love interest.

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by Anonymousreply 94March 31, 2024 10:19 PM

Lady Chatterly’s Lover

I enjoyed the 2022 version on Netflix. The liver is hot, the scenery is beautiful and the costumes are lovely.

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by Anonymousreply 96March 31, 2024 10:27 PM

Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)

Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner

Based on Robert Massie's epic nonfiction book.

Starring Michael Jayston, Janet Suzman, Tom Baker, Jack Hawkins, Timothy West, Michael Redgrave, Eric Porter, Irene Worth, Harry Andrews, Maurice Denham, John McEnery, Roy Dotrice, John Wood, Ian Holm, Michel Bryant, Brian Cox, Julian Glover, Steven Berkoff, and SIR LAURENCE OLIVIER

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by Anonymousreply 97March 31, 2024 10:27 PM

I didn’t know they had movies about periods?

by Anonymousreply 98March 31, 2024 10:30 PM

R22, it was nice to look at but it’s a slog of a film. Kidman just cries and cries and cries. And it’s just depressing.

by Anonymousreply 99March 31, 2024 10:33 PM

Sense and Sensibilty with Matthew Macfadyen and Keira Knightley.

by Anonymousreply 100March 31, 2024 10:36 PM

A Bridge Too Far (1977)

Directed by Richard Attenborough

Music by John Addison

Starring Dirk Bogarde, James Caan, Michael Caine, Seann Connery, Edward Fox, Elliott Gould, Gene Hackman, Anthony Hopkins, Hardy Kruger, Laurence Olivier, Ryan O'Neal, Robert Redford, Maximilian Schell, and Liv Ullman

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by Anonymousreply 101March 31, 2024 11:13 PM

[quote] Sense and Sensibilty with Matthew Macfadyen and Keira Knightley.

They weren't in Sense and Sensibility. They were in Pride and Prejudice.

by Anonymousreply 102March 31, 2024 11:16 PM

Peter Weir's Gallipoli to reinforce the homoeroticism of Lawrence of Arabia

by Anonymousreply 103March 31, 2024 11:35 PM

Charles Dickens' Nicholas Nickleby (2002) with Charlie Hunnam, Jamie Bell, Tom Courtenay, Nathan Lane, Jim Broadbent, Anne Hathaway, Edward Fox, Juliet Stevenson, Barry Humphries, Timothy Spall, Alan Cumming, and Christopher Plummer

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by Anonymousreply 104April 1, 2024 12:19 AM

Forever Amber. Flawed film but I've always liked it. And the costumes are great

by Anonymousreply 105April 1, 2024 12:22 AM

Love these suggestions! Keep them coming!

by Anonymousreply 106April 1, 2024 12:25 AM

If your looking at Depression era/bootleggers movies, Bonnie & Clyde with Warren BEatty and Faye Dunaway is a classic. Still brilliant. And Road to PErdition with Tom Hanks and Daniel Craig. I think this was Paul Newman's final movie and he was brilliant too. Roaring 20's ? Check out Cotton Club. Or "Mobsters" with Anthony Quinn, Christian Slater, F.Murray Abraham.

by Anonymousreply 107April 1, 2024 12:36 AM

Thank you r102, I had a brain blip.

by Anonymousreply 108April 1, 2024 2:27 AM

Evil Under the Sun with Maggie Smith, Roddy McDowell and Sylvia Miles (!) is fabulous.

by Anonymousreply 109April 1, 2024 2:44 AM

Blade Runner - 1980's neo noir (a lot of Art Deco) set in 2019. Amazing sense of period even if the period is schizoid.

by Anonymousreply 110April 1, 2024 4:30 AM

1973's Soylent Green, set in 2022, feels closer to home.

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by Anonymousreply 111April 1, 2024 5:15 AM

The Great Gatsby (Robert Redford) Paper Moon (outstanding black and white photography) L.A. Confidential Belfast

by Anonymousreply 112April 1, 2024 5:33 AM

For R35

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by Anonymousreply 113April 1, 2024 5:38 AM

The recent Emma (with Anya Taylor-Joy) was good. Well acted, good pacing, pretty (people, costumes, sets).

by Anonymousreply 114April 1, 2024 5:45 AM

R79, Repo Man! It was formative for my group of friends in college, I had the soundtrack and still tell people who eat while standing "it'll taste better if you sit down" (which upon googling I realize was actually "put it on a plate, it'll taste better").

by Anonymousreply 115April 1, 2024 5:50 AM

A period movie or period piece is defined as a movie that takes place in a past historical period. Repo Man is not a period piece, strictly speaking.

by Anonymousreply 116April 1, 2024 6:20 AM

I know people make fun of RYAN'S DAUGHTER, but I have a soft spot for it. You just have to put up with the vacuous Christopher Jones (whose voice is thankfully dubbed) and John Mills' annoying character. Robert Mitchum is much better IMO than the critics have said. It's too long for its slender plot but I find it very watchable. It also works better on a smaller screen.

by Anonymousreply 117April 1, 2024 6:44 PM

R113, I've just put you in my will. You have my gratitude forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

by Anonymousreply 118April 1, 2024 8:11 PM

Apollo 13. Just rewatched it last night. The excitement of the Apollo space program, the sense of a changing country no longer enamored of moon missions; the tension once the mission goes wrong. The two-and-a-half hours fly by (no pun intended).

by Anonymousreply 119April 1, 2024 9:54 PM

Nicholas & Alexandra -- the ruination and termination of the Russian Romanov dynasty.

by Anonymousreply 120April 1, 2024 9:55 PM

R120 that's one of my all time favorites. I thought they did a good job of portraying the seeming paralysis of Nicholas and the delusions of Alexandria. Their world was literally falling apart, and they refused to face reality. I think watching this along with Dr. Zhivago is a good way to reflect on RUssian history. Two very compelling stories with different but complimentary perspectives.

by Anonymousreply 121April 1, 2024 10:11 PM

The Right Stuff!!

by Anonymousreply 122April 1, 2024 10:20 PM

Wings of the Dove

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by Anonymousreply 123April 1, 2024 10:25 PM

My Brilliant Career.

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by Anonymousreply 124April 1, 2024 10:29 PM

Here's the trailer.

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by Anonymousreply 125April 1, 2024 10:33 PM

Anything with Helena Bonham Carter.

And honestly, Spielberg's Lincoln with Daniel Day Lewis was a excellent historical film.

by Anonymousreply 126April 2, 2024 2:28 AM

Babette's Feast

by Anonymousreply 127April 2, 2024 2:39 AM

42 The movie about Jackie Robinson with Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford. Excellent movie.

by Anonymousreply 128April 2, 2024 3:13 AM

[quote]Wings of the Dove

Good choice! This was so well done. Allison Elliot's Millie, the American heiress, broke my heart.

by Anonymousreply 129April 2, 2024 3:43 AM

[quote]And honestly, Spielberg's Lincoln with Daniel Day Lewis was a excellent historical film.

I loved this film!

by Anonymousreply 130April 2, 2024 3:45 AM

I know this may be controversial, but I really enjoyed "Troy" with Brad Pitt and Orlando BLoom, Eric Bana, Sean Bean, and Peter O'Toole.

by Anonymousreply 131April 2, 2024 4:15 AM

The 1979 CBS TV movie Helter Skelter based on Vincent Bugliosi's book about the Charles Manson murders was spine chilling the first time I saw it as a young teen. But I have never been able to find it to watch it again. I wanted to see it after Quentin Tarantino's movie came out with Brad Pitt and Leonardo Di Caprio, but it was no where. It was really good too. Steven Railsback looked almost exactly like Manson. Scary. If anyone here can find It I will give you my first born puppy.

by Anonymousreply 132April 2, 2024 9:28 PM

Here you go. Presuming this is the one since Railsback plays Manson, though you must have seen a rerun in '79.

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by Anonymousreply 133April 2, 2024 9:58 PM

R133 Thanks! This is exactly the one. I'll watch it tomorrow. Right now it's too close to bed time. Not a movie I want to fall asleep with.

by Anonymousreply 134April 3, 2024 1:16 AM
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