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The 100 Best Periods & Historicals before 1901
List creator: ziondub
Created on: February 29, 2004 - 3:12 PM PST
Description: The best of the best historicals that take place before the 1900s. Wishlist: Tous Les Matins du Monde and the Frisco Kid.

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Vatel (2000)
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  An often overlooked film starring Depardieu and Uma Thurma in Roland Joffe's exquisite rendering of a visit from Louis XIV in late seventeenth century France. Every frame is filled with color and texture and is a pleasure to the eye.
The Ten Commandments (Disc 1 of 2) (1956)
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  This is a classic starring Charleton Heston although Yul Brynner steals the show.
Spartacus (Criterion Collection) (1960)
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  Kurt Douglas plays Spartacus, the rebel leader who unsuccesfuly staged a revolt in ancient Rome.
Elizabeth (1998)
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  Shekar Kapur really did a marvelous job here about the period in Queen Elizabeth's reign that was before she became "wed" to England.
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
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  Ever wondered what it would be like to see how a play in Shakespeare's time was put together?
Orlando (1992)
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  This film is bizarre and puzzling but is nonetheless stunning in scope in its own right.
Cyrano de Bergerac (1990)
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  Depardieu is excellent as the nasaly-enhanced warrior-poet.
Jefferson in Paris (1995)
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  I put this in here because I like Nick Nolte and Merchant-Ivory films.
Henry V (Criterion Collection) (1944)
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  Compare the sets and costumes of this to Branagh's version and you'll see they don't even compare.
Ran (1985)
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  Kurosawa's epic masterpeice in color!
Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (Criterion Collection) (1955)
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Not Rated
  About the famous samurai dueler who wrote the Book of Five Rings. Mushasi is played by Mifune.
Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple (Criterion Collection) (1955)
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Not Rated
Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island (Criterion Collection) (1956)
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Not Rated
  This is my favorite of the trilogy. The final showdown on the Island is not to be missed.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
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  Nice wire-work and a real story in this anceint Chinese epic starring Chow Yun Fat.
The Madness of King George (1994)
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  An interesting vignette into the life of King George III, ruler of Britain during our revolution.
Love and Death (1975)
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  One of Woody Allen's best films set in Russia during the Napoleonic wars.
A Man for All Seasons (1966)
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  Excellent acting and dialogue into the strory of the rift that develops between Thomas Moore, author of Utopia, and his friend, Henry VIII, king of England.
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
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  One of the best and most realistic sailing warship films ever made.
Caligula (1979)
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  McDowell and hedonism in ancient Rome. Some might think this is porn.
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
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  Despite Costner's mediocre acting, marvelous performance by Rickman and Morgan Freeman.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
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  If the Disney ride with the same name has a special place in your heart, you might want to check this out for fun.
The Count of Monte Cristo (Disc 1 of 2) (1998)
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Not Rated
  The classical tale about revenge starring Depardieu. Warning: as this film is made for tv, it has such elements.
Braveheart (1995)
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  Mel Gibson surprised everyone with this realistic yet artistic depiction of Scotland's early struggle for independence from England.
Rob Roy (1995)
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  In contrast to Braveheart Scottish-Anglo relations are explored some six hundred years later with some of the best sword-play on film.
Legend of Suriyothai (2002)
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  This epic based on a real Thai legend about a Thai princess who must make many sacrifices for her country is the most expensive Thai movie to date.
Amistad (1997)
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  One of Spielberg's most overlooked films about the American slave trade.
Amadeus (1984)
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  Although not realistic in its portrayal of the relationship between Mozart and Salieri, its a nonethless fun romp into Mozart's world.
Immortal Beloved (1994)
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  Like Amadeus, IB strays from historical truth but is a nonethless fun peek into Beethoven's life with excellent acting by Gary Oldman.
Once Upon a Time in China and America (1997)
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  The sixth of the series starring Jet Li as he has crazy adventures in the Wild West of America.
The Secret Garden (1993)
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  An excellent adaptation of the book about life and the possibilty for transformation.
Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996)
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  An interesting, if incomplete, voyage into the Ancient India world of sexual pleasure.
Glory (1989)
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  An all-star cast, excellent acting and cinematography make this one of the best Civil War movies ever made.
Othello (1995)
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  A good adaptation of Shakespeare's classic with solid acting from Lawrence Fishburn and Kenneth Branagh.
Artemisia (1997)
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  A short film about the tormented female artist who challenged the social conventions of her time.
The Seventh Seal (Criterion Special Edition) (1957)
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  Bergman's masterpiece is set in Medieval Sweden and explores Bergman's religious ponderings as wells as man's relationship to death.
The King and I (1956)
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  Excellent sets, but especially Yul Brynner's performance manifest in this classic about an English tutor who travels to Thailand to teach the King's kids.
Angels & Insects (1995)
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  The insect world serves as a metaphor for human relations in this film set in 1860s England.
Andrei Rublev (Criterion Collection) (1966)
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  This epic is aboout the famous Russian icon painter during the 15th century.
Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
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Not Rated
  Klaus Kinski's superb performance in this film about a Spanish conquistador's journey into madness through greed.
Monty Python's Life of Brian (Criterion Collection) (1979)
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  This is John Cleese's favorite Monty Python movie set during Jesus' time.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Collector's Edition) (1974)
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  More laughs from Monty Python via the story of King Arthur and the Grail.
Excalibur (1981)
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  One of the best King Arthur films made. This highly stylized versions has cameos from several prominent actors before they made it big.
Lagaan (2001)
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Not Rated
  Can the Indians beat the British at their own game, cricket? You bet they can when taxes depend on it.
Hero (2002)
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  One of the best wire-action films ever made. Directed ny Zhang Zimou and starrring Jet Li, Hero is set during the consolidation of the Qin.
Iron Monkey (1993)
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  This prequel to the Once Upon a Time in China series got some help from Quentin Tarantino in the production.
Longitude (Disc 1 of 2) (2000)
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  An excellent period piece about a clockmaker's quest to produce an accurate clock so sailing ships can navigate better is set in the 18th century.
Blazing Saddles (1974)
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  A black Sherrif in the Wild West with a little help from Mel Brooks.
Far and Away (1992)
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  Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise are Irish immigrants staking their claim in late 19th century America.
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1989)
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  A surreal and romantic romp across the globe during the "Age of Reason".
Shanghai Knights (2003)
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  Owen Wilson adds comic relief and the fight sequences are some of the longest in Chan's non-Chinese films.
Zulu (1964)
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Not Rated
  Michael Caine gives a solid performance here.
Camille Claudel (1988)
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  A look into the tortured life of Camille Claudel and her relationship to Rodin.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Disc 1 of 2) (1954)
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  You just have to love this one if you love the Jules Verne classic starring Kirk Douglas.
The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
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  This place and period is not often filmed. Daniel Day-Lewis does a good job as usual.
Gladiator (2000)
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  If you care little for historical accuracy and just want some eye-candy for a couple of hours, this film is for you.
Dances with Wolves (1990)
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  One of the few Costner films worth watching about a Civil War era soldier who befriends the Sioux and becomes one of the tribe.
Revenge (Zemsta) (2003)
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  How often do you get to see a period film set in 17th century Poland starring Roman Polanski?
Elvira Madigan (1967)
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  An interesting look into the possibility of true love via the relationship between a tightrope walker and a deserting soldier.
Ridicule (1996)
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  Excellent period set just before the French Revolution in Versailles about thre power of wit.
Cobra Verde (1988)
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Not Rated
  Another Kinski/Herzog masterpiece.
Farinelli (1994)
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  Not the most enlightening of scripts, it neverless entertains
Breaker Morant (1980)
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  Excellent film set during the Boer Wars in South Africa which makes you question civil authority.
The Emperor and the Assassin (1999)
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  Stylzed rendering of China's first emperor driven to hybris.
Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (1979)
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  Not the best or most epic of Herzog/Kinsky films, but a good watch nonetheless. Herzog shot two versions; English and a German one, this is the German version
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
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Not Rated
  Excellent adaptation of the most famous mutiny story in history.
Scaramouche (1952)
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Not Rated
  50s Hollywood at its best with some great fencing sequences and excellent sets.
The Return of Martin Guerre (1982)
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  The movie that Jack Sommersby was based with Depardieu in medieval France.
Ivan the Terrible I (Criterion Collection) (Disc 1 of 2) (1944)
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  Sergei Eisentein's masterpeice about the despotic Russian leader who changed the course of Russian history.
Mansfield Park (1998)
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  A woman who struggles to overcome class in 19th century England.
The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1975)
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Not Rated
  More Werner Herzog. This flic depicts a human being devoid of human contact adjusting to social life.
The Wild Child (1970)
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  Like The Engima of K. Hauser, this film is about a "boy raised by wolves" struggling to adjust to human society.
Alexander Nevsky (Criterion Collection) (1938)
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  Another Segei Eisentstein masterpeice about a Russian leader who changed the course of Russian history.
Heart of Glass (1976)
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Not Rated
  Another Werner Herzog film about a German village which loses its signature industry in producing red glass and eventually falls into madness.
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
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  Classic from the thirties in color!
The Lady and the Duke (2001)
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  Decent French period peice set during the French Revolution.
Macbeth (1971)
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  Great Polanksi adpatation of the Shakepearean classic.
Dangerous Beauty (1998)
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  Excellent period piece about courtesans in Rennaissance Venice.
Queen Margot (1994)
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  Excellent French period about the problems created by religion or in the name of religion.
On Guard (1997)
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  Good fencing period from France.
Children of Paradise (Criterion Collection) (Disc 1 of 2) (1945)
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  Acclaimed as one of the best French films of all time about love in the early nineteenth century.
The Lion in Winter (1968)
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  Peter O'Toole gives one of his best performances here.
Anna and the King (1999)
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  Good remake of the King and I that is less offensive to Thais as it portrays the King in more realistic ie less stupid terms.
The Last Temptation of Christ (Criterion Collection) (1988)
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  Controversial film about Christ's life.
The Elephant Man (1980)
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  Excellent movie set in late vicorian England about a hideously deformed "freak" who wins the sympathy of a doctor (Anthony Hopkins)
The Crimson Pirate (1952)
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Not Rated
  Fun pirate movie.
The Duellists (1977)
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  Little known film with Harvey Keitel about the institution of duelling in 19th century Europe.
The Bostonians (1984)
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  Another Merchant-Ivory film about the upper classes.
Moll Flanders (1996)
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  Fun 18th century period about a woman struggling to move up in the world with a little help from Morgan Freeman.
Romeo and Juliet (1968)
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  Best film adaptation of the classic tale.
Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1973)
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  Son of a wealthy merchant goes bonkers and embraces Jesus to eventually go on to teach the pope a lesson on faith.
Barry Lyndon (1975)
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  One of Kubrick's best and one of my favorite 18th century period peices.
Kristin Lavransdatter (1995)
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  A classic of Swedish folk literature.
McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)
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  Altman's anti-western masterpeice portays life as it really is.
Chi-hwa-seon (2002)
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  You think the tortured artist is unigue to wester artists? Well they have them in Korea as well.
Black Robe (1991)
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  Unlike Dances with Wolves, this film doesn't romanticize native American culture and posits the impossibilty of Western missionaries preaching their gospel.
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)
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  Come on, this is quite well done with Ian Holm and Christopher Lambert.
Zatoichi (XXVI) (1989)
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Not Rated
  Excellent samurai flic about a blind wanderer who is untouchable and massacres scores of thugs in the final sequences of the film.
The Hired Hand (1971)
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  One of the best westerns I've seen with innovative cinematography and like McCabe and Mrs. Miller depicts life in the way that it really is.
The Last Valley (1971)
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  Michael Caine is a soldier during the Wars of Religion and finds a beautiful valley and decides to settle down for a while as the locals become restless.
The Name of the Rose (1986)
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  Based on the Umberto Eco novel, Sean connery plays a monk investigating a series of bizarre murders in the middle ages.
Restoration (1994)
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  Fun 17th century period pieces with an all-star cast.
Sense and Sensibility (1995)
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  18th century period piece set in England about class and other impediments to lovers' getting what they want.
The Reckoning (2004)
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  Troupe of actors in late 14th century England? uncover a plot to frame an innocent woman of murder.
Gangs of New York (pt.1) (Disc 1 of 2) (2002)
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  I don't understand why GC viewers give this such a low rating. Solid acting, excellent costumes and set design make for an excellent period piece of a time, place and economic condition that is vastly underrepresented in American history books.
The Last King (2004)
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