Period Films
Period drama index: # A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W Y Z
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The MarquisunknownFeature film. Based on Jean Teulé's novel Monsieur Montespan. The Marquis de Montespan and his new wife, Athénaïs, are a true love-match - a rarity amongst the nobility of seventeenth-century France. But love is not enough to maintain their hedonistic lifestyle, and the couple soon face huge debts. When Madame de Montespan is offered the chance to become lady-in-waiting to the Queen at Versailles, she seizes this opportunity to turn their fortunes round. Too late, Montespan discovers that his ravishing wife has caught the eye of King Louis XIV. As everyone congratulates him on his new status of cuckold by royal appointment, the Marquis is broken-hearted. He vows to wreak revenge on the monarch and win back his adored Marquise. IMDB
MontezumaunknownFeature film. Spanish explorer Hernán Cortés wages a historic battle against the Aztec emperor, Montezuma II. IMDB
VivaldiunknownFeature film. A biography of Antonio Vivaldi's early life, when the young priest became the music teacher at a school for the illegitimate daughters of Venice's courtesans.. Claire Foy, Alfred Molina, Sebastian Koch. IMDB
The MedusaunknownFeature film. Set during the turmoil of post-Napoleonic France, the story centers on Géricault, artist and enfant terrible, who learns that his best friend has died after the Naval vessel Medusa runs aground near Senegal. Plunged into grief, and entangled in a passionate but doomed love affair, Géricault begins to search for a reason to live. In this quest, he becomes morbidly obsessed with the disaster -- and with seeing justice served. Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Vanessa Redgrave, Pierce Brosnan. IMDB
East of EdenunknownFeature film. An adaptation of a Steinbeck novel. In the farmlands of the Salinas Valley in California, successive generations of two families, the Trasks and the Hamiltons, are destined to reenact the fateful story of Cain and Abel. Jennifer Lawrence stars. IMDB
Fanny Lye Deliver'dunknownFeature film. Living a life of Puritan stricture with husband John and young son Arthur, Fanny Lye's world is shaken to its core by the unexpected arrival of two strangers in need, a young couple closely pursued by a ruthless sheriff and his deputy. Starring Maxine Peake, Charles Dance, Freddie Fox. IMDB
ElisabethunknownFeature film. Film Version of the successful German language musical about Empress Elisabeth (Sissi) of Austria. Directed by Shekar Kapur. IMDB
The ChaperoneunknownFeature film. About the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks (future silent-film star and an icon of her generation) to New York City in 1922 and the summer that would change them both. Adapted by Julian Fellowes from Laura Moriarty's novel. IMDB
At Eternity's GateunknownFeature film. A look at Vincent van Gogh's time in Arles. Willem Dafoe as Vincent Van Gogh, Oscar Isaac as Paul Gauguin. IMDB
The Black CountunknownFeature film. The story of Thomas-Alexandre Dumas, the first black soldier to become a brigadier general in the French military. Cary Joji Fukunaga to direct. IMDB
RooseveltunknownFeature film. A biographical drama about President Theodore Roosevelt directed by Martin Scorsese. Leonardo DiCaprio as Theodore Roosevelt. IMDB
The Beautiful and the DamnedunknownFeature film. The true story of Zelda Fitzgerald (and her famous husband F. Scott), the Jazz Age icons who lived large, soared high and crashed very hard. Scarlett Johansson as Zelda. IMDB
The Rising: 1916unknownStatus unknown, supposed to be starring Colin Morgan, Fiona Shaw, Brendan Coyle. To free their people from centuries of oppression, a young polio survivor and his old firebrand mentor plan a secret rebellion against the British Empire. IMDB
Wolf Hall S2unknown? episodes, BBC. Director Peter Kosminsky revealed that the third book by author Hilary Mantel called The Mirror and the Light will not be finished this year and that the second and final series will not be on air for at least another year. IMDB
Death on the Nile2020Feature film. While on vacation on the Nile, Hercule Poirot must investigate the murder of a young heiress. Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot. IMDB
New AmsterdamunknownFeature film. A historical adventure about New York City when it was a Dutch settlement called New Amsterdam, discovered by Henry Hudson and run by the infamous Peter Stuyvesant. Starring Famke Janssen, Timothy Spall, Samantha Barks, Q'Orianka Kilcher, Conleth Hill, Graham Greene, John Bradley, François Arnaud. IMDB
RebeccaunknownFeature film. Lily James and Armie Hammer are set to star in Netflix and Working Title’s “Rebecca,” directed by Ben Wheatley. Jane Goldman is writing the screenplay, adapted from Daphne du Maurier’s classic Gothic novel of the same name. The story follows a newly married young woman who, upon arriving at her husband’s imposing family estate, finds herself battling the shadow of his deceased first wife, the mysterious Rebecca, whose legacy continues to haunt the house. IMDB
Black Narcissusunknown3 episodes, BBC. Adaptation of Rumer Godden’s iconic tale of sexual repression and forbidden love from Amanda Coe. Returning this haunting love story to its original setting in the 1930s, as the western colonial order is about to explode into the crisis of World War Two, Black Narcissus follows Sister Clodagh and the nuns of St Faiths, who travel to Nepal to set up a branch of their order in the remote palace of Mopu. IMDB
Nellie Blyunknown(?) episodes, Lifetime. A psychological thriller inspired by the groundbreaking 19th century journalist, with Christina Ricci, Judith Light and Josh Bowman attached to star. The film is in production for 2018 premiere. Ricci plays investigative reporter Nellie Bly, who’s on a mission to expose the deplorable conditions and mistreatment of patients at the notorious Women’s Lunatic Asylum, and feigns mental illness in order to be institutionalized to report from the inside. The movie is an account of actual events surrounding Nellie’s stay beginning after she has undergone treatment, leaving her with no recollection of how she came to the asylum or her real identity. IMDB
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