Thursday Movie Picks: Period Drama

Hey, guys!
Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
Today we bring back a topic we already did last year – period drama.

#1 A Knight’s Tale

Oh, how I miss Heath Ledger. A Knight’s Tale was such a funny and cute film with him!

#2 Downton Abbey

Although I didn’t exactly love the first Downton Abbey movie, it was still pretty decent and after the rather iconic TV show definitely deserves its place in this list.

#3 Little Women

It’s one of the biggest films this year, so how could not add Little Women to this list?!

What’s your favorite period drama? Let me know in the comments!

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17 thoughts on “Thursday Movie Picks: Period Drama

  1. Love how you moved around to different periods!

    A Knight’s Tale is a fun throwaway romp of a film with Ledger very appealing in the lead.

    Oh I’m a huge Downton Abbey fan!! The movie wasn’t everything I could have hoped for (more Edith would have been welcomed) but I did enjoy it.

    Haven’t seen this latest iteration of Little Women yet but since I’ve seen just about every other one that’s come down the pike I’m sure eventually I’ll get to it. I don’t know if I have a favorite from the others, all have various things I really liked and all have things I didn’t….but I LOVED each actress that played Aunt March in all of them!

    My first impulse was to go Victorian/Edwardian because when I think period that’s what comes to mind and I love them but I decided to go with the Roman period instead.

    A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)-Inspired by the farces of the ancient Roman playwright Plautus this hilariously tells the bawdy story of slave Pseudolus (a great Zero Mostel) “the lyingest, cheatingest, sloppiest slave in all of Rome” as he attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door. Based on the stage play of the same name this has terrific songs and an excellent cast (including Buster Keaton in his last role) but it’s Mostel repeating his Tony winning performance who makes it so special.

    Julius Caesar (1953)-Adaptation of the Shakespearean play based on actual events. Brutus (James Mason) convinced by a group of Roman senators led by Caius Cassius (John Gielgud), that friend Julius Caesar (Louis Calhern) intends to dissolve the republic to install himself as monarch joins a conspiracy to assassinate him. Once done he defends his actions but Mark Antony (Marlon Brando) responds with a speech that plays upon the crowd’s love for their fallen leader and a battle for power begins. High quality film with an impressive cast including Greer Garson, Deborah Kerr and Edmond O’Brien aside from those mentioned with Brando, forsaking his method mumbling for straight verse strong as Mark Antony.

    The Last Days of Pompeii (1935)-Pegs a fictitious story onto the big blow. Blacksmith Marcus (Preston Foster) consumed with bitterness upon the death of his wife and child becomes a gladiator and Pontius Pilate’s (Basil Rathbone) partner before finding Christ in the days leading up to the Vesuvius eruption. Some impressive, for its day special effects when the mountain finally ruptures.

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  2. I’ve never seen Downton Abbey though I’ve heard good things about the show and the movie. A Knight’s Tale. That is a great film and I fucking love Greta Gerwig’s version of Little Women. Probably more than the 1994 version that I grew up on.

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  3. I didn’t care for A Knight’s Tale because of the style…medieval times where they spoke so nicely sometimes and then went an spoke as we do now with the slang not to mention the music. Mind you I saw it when it came out and maybe I will think better of it now. I love, love, love Downton Abbey…the TV show is excellent and the film is so good…not as good as the tv show but that would be hard to beat. I have to see this version of Little Women. I actually want to see all versions and rate them. I still prefer Kate Hepburn as Jo in the 1933 version but I would want to view all.

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