Emma 2009

Emma Woodhouse seems to be perfectly content, a loving father whom she cares for, friends, and a home. But Emma has a terrible habit – matchmaking. She cannot resist finding suitors for her friends, most of all Harriet Smith. Emma is desperate for Harriet to find happiness, but every suitor she finds for her friend ends up attracted to Emma herself. But is Emma so focused on Harriet’s happiness that she is not considering her own happiness in love? – Written by Mel from the Untied Kingdom Regency Jane Austen Romola Garai, Rupert Evans, Jodhi May, Michael Gambon, Jonny Lee … Read more

“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 Written and directed by Whit Stillman (who adapted the script from an unpublished work by Jane Austen), Love and Friendship made its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.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

Vanity Fair 1998

Title:  Vanity Fair 1998     (TV mini 1998-1999) Rate: [polldaddy rating=’8036248′] Era: Georgian  (Napoleonic Era)  1805 Genre   TV Miniseries, Romantic Dramas, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Drama Plot: By Daisy Miller: This version of Vanity Fair is from the 1998 A&E six-episode TV mini-series. Set in 19th century London, this is William Thackeray’s story of two very different women in English society. The main character is beautiful but devious, Becky Sharp, played impeccably by Natasha Little. This character seems very much like strong-willed and determined Scarlett OHara in “Gone With the Wind.” Becky’s best friend, subtly attractive and good-hearted … Read more

Northanger Abbey 2007

Title:  Northanger Abbey 2007 Rate: [polldaddy rating=’8036248′] Era: Georgian 1978 Genre  Romance Plot:  Northanger Abbey was filmed in England and first telecast in the U.S. on December 2, 1987. This 90-minute adaptation of Jane Austen’s 1818 novel incorporates the author’s usual interconnecting themes of true love and acquisition of wealth, and tosses in a little Gothic mystery for good measure. Katherine Schlesinger stars as the 17-year-old heroine, who has been encouraged to seek out a suitably rich husband while on holiday in Bath. She finds the love of her life, and also more excitement than she ever dreamt possible. Veteran … Read more

The Affair of the Necklace 2001

Title: Affair of the Necklace  2001 Rate: Era:  Georgian  1781 Genre  Historical Romantic Drama Plot:  In pre-Revolutionary France, a young aristocratic woman left penniless by the political unrest in the country, must avenge her family’s fall from grace by scheming to steal a priceless necklaceBased on a true story. Director:  Charles Shyer Writer / Screenplay: John Sweet Major Cast: Hilary Swank as Jeanne de Saint-Rémy de Valois Jonathan Pryce as Cardinal Louis de Rohan Christopher Walken as Count Cagliostro Simon Baker as Rétaux de Villette Adrien Brody as Nicholas de Lamotte Joely Richardson as Marie Antoinette Brian Cox as Baron … Read more

The Scarlet Pimpernel 1999

Title:  The Scarlet Pimpernel 1999 Rate: [polldaddy rating=’8036248′] Era:  Georgian (French Revolution)  1793 Genre  Adventure Plot:  Baroness Orczy’s frequently filmed adventure novel The Scarlet Pimpernel has been the subject of two different British TV series, the second of which aired nearly half a century after the first. Debuting on BBC1 on January 24, 1999, the “new” Scarlet Pimpernel was, like its predecessor, set during the dark days of the French Revolution. The estimable Richard E. Grant starred as Sir Percy Blakeney, an insufferably haughty British dandy. Unbeknownst to virtually everyone (including his wife, Marguerite, played by American actress Elizabeth McGoven), … Read more

ITV Encore Greenlights ‘The Frankenstein Chronicles’, Sean Bean To Star

Sean Bean is to face Frankenstein’s monster in a new ITV adaptation of Mary Shelley’s 1818 classic. The Game of Thrones star will play Inspector John Marlott, a new character in what is being described as a “re-imagining of the Frankenstein myth”. Set in 1827, the six-part drama follows the inspector as he investigates a mutilated body washed up on the Thames. It will be the first original drama for ITV’s subscription channel ITV Encore since it launched earlier this year. Shooting starts in Northern Ireland in January. According to ITV and producers Rainmark Films, the drama opens with Bean’s … Read more

Some Facts about Outlander

The Costumes Are as Authentic as Possible—Including What’s Underneath! No Velcro, no zippers, not a lot of shoes, and kilts are worn as kilts are supposed to be worn – with absolutely nothing underneath. These are true Scots! What’s not authentic are the effects of war and journeying through the highlands. To achieve the look of well-worn clothing, the costumes are attacked with cheese graters, burned with blow torches, and aged by tying them up with string and baking them. =================================================== Every Single Kilt Is Worn Differently. “All of our actors wear their kilts just a bit differently from each … Read more

Starz Splitting ‘Outlander’ Season

The anticipated adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling novels will launch the first eight episodes beginning Aug. 9.     Starz “Outlander” Starz is taking a split-season approach for anticipated time-travel drama Outlander. Outlander,adapted from Diana Gabaldon‘s best-selling novels and executive produced by Battlestar Galactica‘s Ronald D. Moore,will air the first eight of the 16-episode freshman season when it begins, Aug. 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT through Sept. 27, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The cabler will hold the remaining eight episodes for an early 2015 launch. Starz also will offer an early preview of the first episode, “Sassenach,” one week … Read more