Sunday, December 27, 2009

Monday movie Meme: Historical Films

As we approach the end of the first decade in the new millenium it is only natural to take stock and have a look back at where we've been. When we do this it is a stroll down memory lane. When movies do this it is called a retrospective. Either way, it's history. Share on your blog those movies that take place in the past, covering a specific period in style or subject, and link back here at The Bumbles. And don't forget to visit your fellow participants!

I started out with only three movies on my list. I decided to remove one, as it was mentioned on Molly's list, and cut myself off at eight. Naturally, I kept thinking of more titles as I wrote this. *Rolls eyes*

* The Untouchables (1987) ~ Federal Agent Elliot Ness sets out to take out Al Capone; because of rampant corruption, he assembles a small, hand-picked team.

* Good Night, And Good Luck (2005) ~ Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow looks to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy.

* The War (2007) ~ Okay, technically this is a documentary series chronicalling WWII, but it had me glued to the TV every night when it aired on PBS.

* Sense and Sensibility (1995) ~ Wow...has it really been that long since this one came out? Rich Mr. Dashwood dies, leaving his second wife and her daughters poor by the rules of inheritance. Two daughters are the titular opposites.

* Titanic (1997) ~ Fictional romantic tale of a rich girl and poor boy who meet on the ill-fated voyage of the 'unsinkable' ship.

* History of the World Part I (1981) ~ Mel Brooks cult classic. The Inquisition, here it comes... From the dawn of man to the distant future, mankind's evolution (or lack thereof) is traced. Often ridiculous but never serious...

* Hotel Rwanda (2004) ~ The true-life story of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda.

* Saving Private Ryan (1998) ~ One of those rare films watched with my dad. Following the Normandy Landings, a group of US soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.


Susan said...

Nice list, Heather! You've got one of mine!

Sandy Nawrot said...

YOu have some great ones listed here! I love The Untouchables...can't believe I forgot that one! There were so many films you could list here, it was overwhelming. We were the same way with The War - we couldn't tear ourselves away from it.

Americanising Desi said...

hey nice recollection :)
have seen quite a few from that list :)

Heather said...

Susan ~ Thank you!

Sandy ~ Wasn't The War well done? I loved how Burns interwove the different true-life stories with the action both here at home and on both fronts.

Desi ~ Thanks! *g*

The Gal Herself said...

Good Night and Good Luck is a TERRIFIC addition! Thanks for reminding me.

Alice Audrey said...

Yeah, I don't know about how historically accurate Titanic is, but it sure is a good movie.

kaye said...

So many good movies to choose from--I loved Sense and Sensibility but didn't think of it as historical. Loved Saving Private Ryan too. Kaye—the road goes ever ever on

The Bumbles said...

All wonderful choices - especially the love to Mel Brooks ;0)

Heather said...

Gal ~ Happy to remind you of a great film. I'm glad I shelled out the money to see it on the big screen.

Alice ~ From what I read and saw of behind the scenes footage, though a fictional romance set aboard the ship, a lot of research went into the script for Titanic. Naturally there is a lot that will never be known about the tragedy, but there are also a lot of first person accounts of the event.

Kaye ~ Perhaps more "period" piece than historical, but I think "S&S" defintely fits!

Molly ~ Thank you...I thought you might approve. *G*