After the list of fantasy movies I love, here we go with the historical ones. I’m not too fond of ancient Greeks or Romans – I have Troy only because it has lots of good-looking men, but is totally historically incorrect, I bet Homer is visiting the screenwriter and screaming at him in his dreams – and hated Gladiator, but I watched almost everything medieval-themed. I hated Kingdom of heaven because I had just studied that time period (for my XIIcentury screenplay) and it’s so historically incorrect I couldn’t bear myself to watch it again. Maybe one day I’ll write the real story of Balian of Ibelin, haha!
So, from 10000BC (of which I know nothing, so I can’t tell if it’s historically correct), let’s start the ride through the centuries: King Arthur retelling of “historical Arthur” – I think I preferred the Brit TV series of the 70s Arthur of the Britons (abridged for region 1 as Arthur the Young Warlord), but well… I haven’t studied that period much!
Middle-ages: The knights who made the quest (an italian movie with international cast and approved by the famous Italian medievist Franco Cardini who checked historical accuracy) is the most accurate. A knight’s tale with the late Heath Ledger is the American version of Medieval Europe! ;-) Il mestiere delle armi is also historically accurate as is La Reine Margot. I don’t know much of British history, but I enjoyed The other Boleyn girl and the two Elizabeth movies. I like also Flesh&Blood, which seems quite accurate.
Then we jump to the 1600s up to 1800s with Amadeus, Stage Beauty, the Dumas based (but not very historical…) Man in the Iron Mask and La fille de D’Artagnan, The Libertine, The triumph of love, Casanova with the late Heath Ledger again, Valmont vs Dangerous Liaisons (both took something from the original book, I can’t remember which was more faithful, though), Quills vs Sade (all on the damned Marquis, from British or French POV), Fanfan la Tulipe (I have both the version with Gerard Philippe and Gina Lollobrigida and the more recent with Vincent Perez and Penelope Cruz), Le pacte des loups, Marie Antoinette, Une vielle maitresse (a very unknown French movie, with a gorgeous unknown protagonist), Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Neverland, The Prestige, and the “western” (or American frontier themed) Legends of the fall, Maverick, Bad girls and, of course, Dances with wolves.
Yeah, I have a big DVD shelf… but I love movies (even if apparently I’m not good enough to write them)! :-)