The Matador’s Mistress 2008 (aka Manolete)

  The Menno Meyjes directed drama stars Adrien Brody as Spanish bullfighter Manolete, in a film that covers his late life love affair with actress Lupe Sino (Penélope Cruz) before he was gored to death in the bull ring. Sino’s communist politics turned their affair into a scandal in the early 1940s, especially after discovering her previous marriage to a PCE member.[3] The film begins with Manolete’s last day in Linares. Starring Adrien Brody Penélope Cruz Santiago Segura Ann Mitchell Juan Echanove Pedro Casablanc Nacho Aldeguer      

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

Joyous Noel 2005

    In 1914, World War I, the bloodiest war ever at that time in human history, was well under way. However on Christmas Eve, numerous sections of the Western Front called an informal, and unauthorized, truce where the various front-line soldiers of the conflict peacefully met each other in No Man’s Land to share a precious pause in the carnage with a fleeting brotherhood. This film dramatizes one such section as the French, Scottish and German sides partake in the unique event, even though they are aware that their superiors will not tolerate its occurrence. – Written by Kenneth … Read more

Madam Bovary 2014

Madam Bovery 2014

Plot: Bored in her marriage to a country doctor and stifled by life in a small town, the restless Emma Bovary pursues her dreams of passion and excitement, whatever they may cost. Cast: Mia Wasikowska Emma Bovary Ezra Miller Leon Dupuis Laura Carmichael Henriette Paul Giamatti Monsieur Homais Genres: Drama Type: feature IMDB link: Madame Bovary Based on a novel by Gustave Flaubert          

Remains of the Day 1993

Remains of the Day @ perioddrama.com

One of my all-time favorites The Remains of the Day is based on a novel by Kazuo Ishiguro. Anthony Hopkins plays Stevens, the “perfect” butler to a prosperous British household of the 1930s. He is so unswervingly devoted to serving his master, a well-meaning but callow British lord (James Fox), that he shuts himself off from all emotions and familial relationships. New housekeeper Miss Kenton (Emma Thompson) tries to warm him up and awaken his humanity. But when duty calls, Stevens won’t even attend his own dying father’s last moments on earth. The butler also refuses to acknowledge the fact … Read more

The Frankenstein Chronicles – 6 parts

Releases Wednesday Nov 11, 2015 in the UK Facebook         Sean Bean (Game of Thrones) is taken on a terrifying journey in pursuit of a chilling and diabolical foe in ITV Encore’s The Frankenstein Chronicles. Incorporating elements from the investigative and horror genres with an extraordinary hero at its centre, The Frankenstein Chronicles is set in Georgian London in 1827 and has been created by Benjamin Ross (The Young Poisoner’s Handbook) and writer Barry Langford (Torte Bluma).   The cast includes Anna Maxwell Martin (The Bletchley Circle), Charlie Creed-Miles (Ripper Street), Ed Stoppard (Cilla), Elliot Cowan (Da … Read more

Carol 2015 | US Nov 20 | UK Nov27, 2015

Set in 1950s New York, Carol is a 2015 British-American romantic drama film directed by Todd Haynes, with a screenplay by Phyllis Nagy based on the novel The Price of Salt (also known as Carol) by Patricia Highsmith. The film stars Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson and Kyle Chandler. The film tells the story of a young aspiring photographer and her relationship with an older, married woman. Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler IMDB  

Anton Chekhov’s The Duel (2009)

  Anton Chekhov authored his novella The Duel in 1891; one of the longest of the Russian master’s tales, it pits an aristocratic ne’er-do-well named Laevsky against a conceited and slightly arrogant scientist called Von Koren, and witnesses a climactic physical struggle between the two men. This film adaptation from Georgian director Dover Kosashvili follows the original text with remarkable fidelity; in it, Laevsky (Andrew Scott) clings to ephemeral pleasures such as drinking, gambling, and romancing his alluring mistress, Nadya (Fiona Glascott), in the Russian provinces — putting all of the said pursuits far ahead of disciplined action — but … Read more

Brooklyn (2015) – Release: Nov 6, 2015

Directed by John Crowley. With Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Michael Zegen, Emory Cohen. In 1950s Ireland and New York, young Ellis Lacey has to choose between two men and two countries. Release Dates United Kingdom Nov 6, 2015 United States Nov 6, 2015 https://youtu.be/1ekxPFTZm1Y Source: Brooklyn (2015) – IMDb Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters, Jessica Paré, Eve Macklin, Brid Brennan, Fiona Glascott, Jane Brennan, Nora-Jane Noone, Jenn Murray, Eva Birthistle, Michael Zegen

Field of Lost Shoes 2014 (released Sept 14, 2014)

Young cadets at the Virginia Military Institute are forced to fight in the Civil War when President Lincoln gives orders to invade the Shenandoah Valley. With the nation divided in two, Lincoln realizes that his only hope for getting reelected is to turn the tides in favor of the Union. His solution: Command the General in Chief of Union Forces to seize the Shenandoah Valley. Under direct orders from General. Grant, German native General Hans Sigel prepares to lead his troops down the western side of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Down below, spring is in full bloom, and the young … Read more