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Subject: Historically based movies/period pieces
Date Posted: 6/17/2007 12:04 PM ET
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I love this genre.  I'm not overly picky about accuracy, I just wanna be entertained.  What are some movies you like?  I've just seen for the first time "The Madness of King George" with Helen Mirren and Nigel Hawthorne.  It was brilliant.

Date Posted: 6/17/2007 3:10 PM ET
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The Affair of the Necklace was one I enjoyed and I read the movie tie-in book about the diamond necklace scandal and Marie Antoinette. Not absolutely accurate, but a good story none-the-less. Of course I loved Elizabeth with Cate Blanchett, and that was horribly innacurate, but was still an entertaining movie and I just loved the costumes. The Madness of King George was very, very good. The cast was outstanding. I would probably watch Helen Mirren tie her shoelaces and still be entertained.

Date Posted: 6/17/2007 3:50 PM ET
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Ha!  I know what you mean about Helen Mirren...I feel the same way about Judi Dench, too.  I LOVED Mrs. Brown.

I know a lot of people who complained about Elizabeth but I thought it was a beautiful movie.  As far as I'm concered you can't go wrong with Joseph Fiennes.

Date Posted: 6/17/2007 7:50 PM ET
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I am a huge fan of Shakespeare in Love (Joseph Fiennes again). And despite the historical inaccuracies, I thought Cate Blanchett's performace as Elizabeth was amazing.

Two great BBC series are now available on DVD: Elizabeth R and The Six Wives of Henry VIII.

Lady Jane was enjoyable. It was Helena Bonham Carter's first movie. It's about Lady Jane Grey and does take some historical liberties, but the acting is quite good. Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride) plays Jane's husband, and Patrick Stewart plays her father.

My mother is obsessed with the BBC production of Pride and Prejudice starring Colin Firth.

 

Date Posted: 6/17/2007 8:09 PM ET
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I have the original series of Elizabeth R (with Glenda Jackson as ER) on VHS tape. Oh how I wish it were on DVD!

If anyone still has a VCR and would like to borrow it, just PM me. It's 6 episodes.

edited to add, I also have Lady Jane, and Anne of the Thousand Days and Elizabeth and Biography Channel's bio on Elizabeth I as well if anyone would like to borrow



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Date Posted: 6/17/2007 9:11 PM ET
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Oh I LOVE the P&P with Colin Firth!

I've got Lady Jane on dvd and was really thinking of putting it in tonight....I finished Innocent Traitor today and am in a Jane mood. 



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Date Posted: 6/17/2007 9:36 PM ET
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I love Anne of the Thousand Days.  I bought a DVD copy of it a few months ago on ebay.

Date Posted: 6/17/2007 11:05 PM ET
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Ack, I am so outdated! Everything I have is on VHS :-(

Date Posted: 6/18/2007 5:38 AM ET
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Checxk out Netflix - there's a lot of these on there and more! :)

One that hasn't been mentioned is A Man for All Seasons - Sir Thomas More's story.  (Mmmm... a lot of Henry VIII/Elizabeth connections here.)

Date Posted: 6/18/2007 7:01 PM ET
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I recorded that (A Man for all Seasons) a few months ago on my DVR but haven't gotten around to watching it yet.  I hope to soon.

Date Posted: 6/18/2007 7:34 PM ET
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Great, now my Netflix queue will be as long as my wishlist here!

Date Posted: 6/18/2007 9:12 PM ET
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You mean it isn't already?  I blame Marci -- if we didn't have it in common already, I added it to my queue! :)

Date Posted: 6/18/2007 9:22 PM ET
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One of my all time favorites is Howard's End, based on the novel by EM Forster. Emma Thompson and Helena Bonham Carter were terrific.

Date Posted: 6/25/2007 5:40 PM ET
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Just watched A Man For All Seasons...super flick!!!  Next on my Netflix cue is  either History Boys or Becket, I don' tremember.  Anyone see Becket?  I'm dying to....



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Date Posted: 6/25/2007 6:21 PM ET
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I can't believe I forgot to mention The Lion in Winter. Peter O'Toole (as Henry II) and Katherine Hepburn (as Eleanor of Aquitaine) chew the scenery, and a very young Anthony Hopkins, in his first film role, plays Richard the Lionheart.

This is a wonderful movie that looks great on DVD.



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Date Posted: 6/25/2007 8:02 PM ET
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Becket! 

Fantastic film!   

I think that was what got me interested in English history.   It was moving going to Canterbuy Catherdral and seeing the spot where he was murdered (and the nearby plaque stating Pope John Paul II prayed there too.)

Date Posted: 6/25/2007 9:14 PM ET
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I tried watching The Lion in Winter and couldn't get into it.  I think there was too much bickering between Henry and Eleanor - although I have no doubt that's exactly how they were!



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Date Posted: 6/25/2007 10:04 PM ET
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There's a remake of The Lion in Winter with Patrick Stewart and Glenn Close that I'm wanting to see.  Must remember to add it to my Netflix queue.

Date Posted: 6/25/2007 10:41 PM ET
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Lion In Winter is very good and intrigued me to read more about the era when we had to watch it in HS.

We NetFlix'd History Boys this weekend and it was very good. I gave it 4 stars because it did have a few over long scenes in places, but was overall a touching, funny and highly literate film. Good acting didn't hurt either...

Date Posted: 6/27/2007 8:27 PM ET
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I just saw the trailer for this Michelle, it looks good!  I'll have to see this one at the theater.

Date Posted: 6/27/2007 8:37 PM ET
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It's released on my b'day! :)  Know what I'm going to see -w ith or without the spousal unit.

Date Posted: 6/27/2007 11:12 PM ET
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OMG I will be first on line (and probably the only one in the theater in my cowpoke town)

Date Posted: 6/28/2007 12:20 PM ET
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Does anyone know the wide-release date for The Golden Age? I may have to drive to Denver to see it if it doesn't play in the multiplexes.

Date Posted: 6/28/2007 12:54 PM ET
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October 12th was the US release in the article, but if that's wide or limited, I'm not sure. 

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