Schindler’s List 1993

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Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes

To call Schindler’s List “a movie” seems like an understatement, as few films have ever presented as effective—or harrowing—an accounting of the Holocaust as Steven Spielberg’s epic retelling of Oskar Schindler, the German business owner who saved the lives of thousands of concentration camp-bound refugees by offering them employment in his factories. While many consider Schindler’s List the film that Spielberg was born to make, the director himself worried that he did not have the maturity to pull off such a massive undertaking, and so it was originally pitched to Roman Polanski, Sydney Pollack and Martin Scorsese (who was officially attached).

But then Spielberg reconsidered. And from the moment he took the reins, he was clear about one thing: the film would be shot like a documentary, which meant that he did not want any stars in the key roles (both Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes were still relative unknowns at the time) and that it would be shot in black and white using mostly handheld cameras. It would also be filmed in as many of the actual locations as possible (with the exception of Auschwitz, which they were forbidden from entering). And it’s from these elements precisely that Schindler’s List draws its cinematic power.

Based on True Story

Strongly Recommended

 

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Pride and Prejudice 1995

PandP1995Pride and Prejudice is a six-episode 1995 British television drama, adapted by Andrew Davies from Jane Austen’s 1813 novel of the same name. Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth starred as Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy.

Critically acclaimed and a popular success, Pride and Prejudice was honoured with several awards, including a BAFTA Television Award for Jennifer Ehle for “Best Actress” and an Emmy for “Outstanding Individual Achievement in Costume Design for a Miniseries or a Special”. The role of Mr Darcy elevated Colin Firth to stardom. A scene showing Firth in a wet shirt was recognized as “one of the most unforgettable moments in British TV history”.

Entire 6 episode plot here

The 1995 version is my second all time period drama ever.  I give it 5 fans  5 fan favorite

 

Colin Firth’s famous wet shirt video.

To me, the scene is just another great scene with Colin, because he would have made a name for himself without it.  He is quite brilliant

My personal best scene I felt was the proposal. Compare it to the 2005 proposal scene.

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Little Dorrit 2008

The series tells the story of Amy Dorrit, who spends her days earning money for the family and looking after her proud father, who is a long term inmate of Marshalsea debtors’ prison in London. Amy and her family’s world is transformed when her boss’s son, Arthur Clennam, returns from overseas to solve his family’s mysterious legacy and discovers that their lives are interlinked.

 

 

 

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Tristan and Isolde 2006

Before there was Romeo and Juliet, there was Tristan and Isolde.

One of the great stories of doomed love is given a new screen interpretation in this historical drama. After the collapse of the Roman Empire, King Donnchadh (David O’Hara) of Ireland has become the de facto ruler of England, but one of his underlings, Lord Marke (Rufus Sewell), dreams of uniting Tristen and Isolde insertBritish forces with an eye toward self-rule. One of Marke’s most valuable allies is Tristan (James Franco), Marke’s protégé, who has become a brave warrior since he was rescued by the lord after his parents were murdered by Irish forces during a battle. While Marke and Tristan dream of banishing Ireland’s presence in England, Tristan has a secret he’s been hiding from Marke — after suffering serious wounds during a hard-fought battle, he was rescued and nursed back to health by Isolde (Sophia Myles), King Donnchadh’s daughter, and the two fell deeply in love. But the couple were separated after Tristan returned to England, and when Donnchadh attempts to quell the British uprising by staging a tournament among the nation’s greatest warriors, an extreme and rather personal surprise is in store for Tristan. Tristan & Isolde was directed by Kevin Reynolds and produced in part by Ridley Scott.

Admin note:  There is a fight scene between James Franco and Mark Strong, without stuntmen, in this film. Although, James Franco broke something in his knee and was out for 3 months, I think it’s the best choreographed fight scene ever!!

 

 

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Lark Rise to Candleford 2008

An adaptation of Flora Thompson’s autobiographical novel “Lark Rise To Candleford”, set in 19 century Oxfordshire, in which a young girl moves to the local market town to begin an apprenticeship as a postmistress.

Rich, funny and emotional, the first series follows the relationship of two contrasting communities: Lark Rise, the small hamlet gently holding on to the past, and Candleford, the small market town bustling into the future. Seen through the eyes of young Laura, their inhabitants endure many upheavals and struggles as the inexorably change comes; their stories by turns poignant, spirited and uplifting.

Cannot find a valid BBC trailer that is from the beginning, but here is one from series 3 from the BBC

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The Collection – Sept 01, 2016

PREMIUM SPOTLIGHT ON POST WW2 SET FASHION HOUSE TV SERIES ‘THE COLLECTION’ WITH TOM RILEY AND RICHARD COYLE!’THE COLLECTION’ WW2 SET FASHION SERIES WITH TOM RILEY AND RICHARD COYLE

tumblr_o4qwrpeZ4S1qc4070o1_r1_1280Here’s something we are definitely looking forward to in the future: lavish new period set drama series, the first one ever from UK Amazon, THE COLLECTION set in a post WW2 fashion house with cast lead by our beloved Tom Riley and Richard Coyle! Written and executive produced by Oliver Goldstick (Desperate Housewives, Lipstick Jungle) the series has already been sold to national televisions around Europe and today you can enjoy some of the gorgeous new photos which have arrived to us recently! As you can expect the drama will be filled with stylish and luxurious fashion of the 1947 French capital!

IT’S NOT WHAT THEY’RE WEARING BUT WHAT THEY’RE COVERING UP

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The eight part series is the story of an illustrious Paris fashion house, emerging from the dark days of the Nazi Occupation, now ushering in a new golden age of design and business. Centred on two very different brothers, the drama exposes the grit behind the glamour and the treachery beneath the trappings of this empire, and all who work there.RICHARD COYLE IS THE BOSS

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Our dear British star Richard Coyle is returning again to historical genre after the godawful ‘Crossbones’ two years ago playing Paul Sabine, the couturier with a romantic vision that he hopes will resuscitate a beleaguered, post war Paris. Ambitious, dashing and street savvy, he is a beguiling figure who’s climbed a long way from his scrappy beginnings.

 

TOM RILEY IS GAY GENIUS

That irresistibly handsome devil Tom Riley tumblr_o4urbuw4x61qc4070o1_540(from ‘Da Vinci’s Demons’ whose almost entire crew is working on this series as well) takes on the role of Paul’s brother Claude Sabine, the true but hidden genius behind the Paul Sabine label. He is a rebellious, romantic spirit, forced to hide his homosexuality during the Occupation, who’s traded a public face for personal freedom.FRANCES DE LA TOUR STARS

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Their formidable mother, the scheming matriarch Yvette Sabine, is played by Frances De la Tour (who was wonderful in ITV’s sitcom ‘Vicious’) — a woman who will stop at nothing to use her sons to help achieve her own thwarted ambitions. Meryl Streep’s daughter Mamie Gummer is Helen Sabine, Paul’s American wife, an ex-pat who’s called Paris home for over a decade. Jenna Thiam is Nina, the working class daughter of the Maison’s chief seamstress and the unexpected beauty who becomes the iconic face of the label. James Cosmo is Jules Trouvier, the silent partner who bankrolls the Sabine.

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Source: HOLLYWOOD SPY: PREMIUM SPOTLIGHT ON POST WW2 SET FASHION HOUSE TV SERIES ‘THE COLLECTION’ WITH TOM RILEY AND RICHARD COYLE!

Florence Foster Jenkins 2016

“If you truly loved me, you’d let me sing,” says Meryl Streep as the talentless diva manque in this new trailer for Florence Foster Jenkins, the second movie inspired by the real-life story of the socialite who bought her way to Carnegie Hall. Judging by the international trailer ahead of the movie’s May 6 bow in the UK, Streep’s rendition takes a broader comic tone than Marguerite, the 2015 French film — currently in limited release in the U.S. by Cohen Media Group — that won actress Catherine Frot a Best Actress Cesar Award.

UK release May 06, 2016
US release Aug 12, 2019

 

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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 herself and her rather reluctant debutante daughter, Frederica.

https://youtu.be/KhvyupqNhL8

US release: May 16, 2016
UK release: May 27, 2016

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