Historical films

Bonnie Prince Charlie: It’s a Dog’s Life | Period and historical films

Director: Anthony kimminsEntertainment level: D-History Note: VS In 1745, Bonnie Prince Charlie, grandson and heir to fallen kings James II of England and VII of Scotland, arrived in Scotland to attempt to reclaim the throne. Production Veteran Scottish actor Finlay Currie reads a proclamation: Someone should have read the Riot Act to the director. Photograph: […]

Historical films

A field in England – review | Period and historical films

During the English Civil War, Thomas Hobbes wrote in his Leviathan that without general submission to the sovereign our natural selfishness would prevail, chaos would reign and human life would be “lonely, poor, wicked, brutal and short.” If Hobbes had seen this film he would change the passage to read “intensely lonely, very poor, extremely […]

Historical films

Outside Africa: two can play this game | Period and historical films

Director: Sydney PollackEntertainment level: CHistory Note: B– Karen von Blixen-Finecke is remembered for Out of Africa, a memoir of her life in British East Africa at the turn of the 20th century. She wrote under the pseudonym of Isak Dinesen. Society Mythical Helmet … the film uses the embroidered tales of its real heroine. Photograph: […]

Historical films

U-571: You give historical films a bad reputation | Period and historical films

Director: Jonathan MostowEntertainment level: C-History Note: Fail Enigma machines were used by the Nazis to encrypt secret messages before and during World War II. Based on the work of a team of Polish mathematicians in 1932, and several captured machines and codebooks, the Enigma was smashed at Bletchley Park on June 1, 1941. War Submarine […]