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History of the World in 30 Days
List creator: dwhudson
Created on: May 8, 2002 - 5:05 AM PDT
Description: An absurd but fun exercise. Rules: No docs. No "period pieces", i.e., must be at least sorta based on true events.

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The Emperor and the Assassin (1999)
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  Would like to begin with Quest for Fire. But it's not on DVD. So we leap way ahead to China the 3rd century BC.
I, Claudius (Disc 1 of 5) (1975)
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  And we're already in AD terrority. By 40 years or so.
The Lion in Winter (1968)
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  Race ahead to the mid-1100s! Such a wonderful movie.
Alexander Nevsky (1938)
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  Gotta get that chapter on 13th century Russia in.
The Passion of Joan of Arc (Criterion Collection) (1928)
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  A gorgeous black and white window onto the early 1400s.
Cabeza De Vaca (1991)
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  100 years later, the Americas are getting their first taste of European hegemony.
The Return of Martin Guerre (1982)
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  Back to France. The most famous trial of 1560.
Elizabeth R (Disc 1 of 4) (1971)
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  Glenda Jackson became my first screen crush when I bathed in this series way back when. Magnificent.
Farinelli (1994)
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  Wonderful to look at, wonderful to listen to.
Quills (2000)
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  French Revolution? Nah, the first sexual revolution.
Amistad (1997)
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  Underestimated, IMHO. 1838. The crime America would never redeem itself of.
Cobra Verde (1988)
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  Meanwhile, down south...
Breaker Morant (1980)
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  Our first venture onto the African continent. The Boer Wars.
Gallipoli (1981)
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  We linger longest in the years surrounding WWI.
Michael Collins (1996)
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  Gotta get 'the troubles' in.
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
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  The WWI classic.
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
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  Would've preferred Reds. But it's not out on DVD.
Lawrence of Arabia (Limited Edition) (Disc 1 of 2) (1962)
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  Those WWI years: We were busy all over!
The Last Emperor (1987)
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  Meanwhile, back in China.
Gandhi (1982)
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  Whew, got India in, too.
Aimee & Jaguar (1999)
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  Foreshadowing the Holocaust.
The Longest Day (1962)
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  I settled on this one for the WWII movie. I dunno...
Black Rain (1989)
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  The nightmare that ended WWII.
The Right Stuff (1983)
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  No wonder we started thinking about getting off the planet.
The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)
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  1965. And our only Indonesia film.
The Killing Fields (1984)
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  We kind of sneak Vietnam in through the back door here, while also covering the second most hideous genocide in modern history.
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (Criterion) (1985)
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  One way of catching up with Japan.
All the President's Men (1976)
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  And there are still a few bugs in the system.
Cry Freedom (1987)
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  Late into the 20th century, and many are still fighting for self-rule.
Salvador (1986)
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  Ok, I'm cheating a bit here. But the story's true enough in an Oliver Stone kind of way. And brings us to our current geopolitical balance.

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