“The Medusa” 19th Century

MOVIE CASTS JESSE EISENBERG, VANESSA REDGRAVE AND PIERCE BROSNAN   Another period set project will be a movie on famous painter Théodore Géricault THE MEDUSA depicting the tragic events that inspired his harrowing and politically significant masterpiece The Raft Of The Medusa.  Jesse Eisenberg will play the painter, with Pierce Brosnan as his uncle and nemesis, Caruel, and Vanessa Redgrave as his anti royalist innkeeper. Peter Webber of Girl With a Pearl Earring is directing. Set during the turmoil of post Napoleonic France, the story centres on Géricault, artist and enfant terrible, who learns that his best friend has died … Read more

The Lighthouse *** UK July 8th

The Lighthouse’ is a historical Chiller based on the macabre true story of The Smalls Island Lighthouse tragedy. ‘The Lighthouse’ stars Michael Jibson (Saints & Strangers, Les Misérables, The Riot Club) and Mark Lewis Jones (Game Of Thrones, Master And Commander, Child 44) The film follows Thomas Howell and Thomas Griffith’s disastrous posting to the Smalls Island Lighthouse to ‘keep the light’ 25 miles from land and surrounded by the deadly Irish Sea. The men are stranded in a freak storm that rages for months, nothing short of an act of God. The film tells a tale of death, madness … Read more

Tulip Fever 2016

Release US  July 15th, 2016 An artist falls for a young married woman while he’s commissioned to paint her portrait during the tulip mania of 17th century Amsterdam.            

Love and Friendship 2016

By Jane Austen… In 18th-century England, a widow (Kate Beckinsale) asks a friend (Chloë Sevigny) for help in finding suitors for herself and her young daughter. Written and directed by Whit Stillman (who adapted the script from an unpublished work by Jane Austen), Love and Friendship made its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Set in the 1790s, Love and Friendship centers on beautiful widow Lady Susan Vernon, who has come to the estate of her in-laws to wait out colorful rumors about her dalliances circulating through polite society. Whilst there, she decides to secure a husband for … Read more

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World 2003

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is based on two Napoleonic War-era adventure novels in author Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin series, Master and Commander and The Far Side of the World. Russell Crowe stars as Captain Jack Aubrey, a high-seas adventurer who maintains a strong bond with ship-surgeon Stephen Maturin (Paul Bettany). After conquering much of Europe already, Napoleon’s forces have set their sights on taking Britain, so Aubrey and the crew of his ship, the HMS Surprise, take to the Pacific to intercept any attacking ships from the French fleet. When Aubrey eyes a renegade French super-frigate, … Read more

Copying Beethoven 2006

Personal Favorite of mine   It is set in 1824 as Beethoven (Ed Harris) is finishing his Ninth Symphony. He is plagued by deafness, loneliness and personal trauma. A fictional character, a new copyist, Anna Holtz (Diane Kruger) is engaged to help the composer finish preparing the score for the first performance. Anna is a young conservatory student and aspiring composer. Her understanding of his work is such that she corrects mistakes he has made, while her personality opens a door into his private world. Beethoven is initially skeptical, but slowly comes to trust Anna’s assistance and eventually grows fond … Read more

John Adams 2008

In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. Preamble Outlines a general philosophy of government that justifies revolution when government harms natural … Read more

5 Reasons Why ‘Poldark’ Is Going To Be The New ‘Downton Abbey’

Decider By Meghan O’Keefe June 21, 2015 // 9:00am 5 Reasons Why ‘Poldark’ Is Going To Be The New ‘Downton Abbey’ A few years ago, an absorbing soap opera about the drama going on in a massive Yorkshire estate in the 1910s and 1920s took the world by storm. Downton Abbey renewed mainstream America’s interest in British costume drama and introduced us all to the Crawley clan. But Downton Abbey is almost over. So, what British export can hope to take its place in our collective Yankee hearts? Based on what we’ve seen, Masterpiece‘s latest series, Poldark, might just be … Read more

Mozart’s Sister 2010

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s older sister, Maria Anna “Nannerl” Mozart, rebels against the limitations imposed on her by society in this historical biopic from director René Féret. As a young girl, Nannerl (Marie Féret) was a musical prodigy. Subsequently bumped out of the spotlight by her virtuoso younger brother, Wolfgang (David Moreau), Nannerl watches as her sibling is groomed for greatness by their father, Leopold (Marc Barbé), and performs for royalty. Nannerl’s musical career takes an even greater hit, however, when she comes of age and finds herself forbidden from writing or playing music. The passionate young musician finds a means … Read more

Poldark 2015

Title:  Poldark 2015    (season 1 – 8 episodes) Rate: [polldaddy rating=’8036248′] Era:  Georgian  1714-1830 Genre  Drama Plot:  Ross Poldark returns to England after fighting in the American Revolution. His family and friends thought he was dead. The woman he hoped to marry is now engaged to his cousin. His father is dead, and the property he has inherited has been allowed to deteriorate. It is the late 1700s in Cornwall, England. This is a family drama, but is also about the challenges and conflicts between the rich and the poor. It is a time when fishermen are not catching much … Read more