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The 1969 film Alfred the Great is based on the life of King Alfred, who was considered one of the great Anglo-Saxon kings of England because he fought off the Vikings. In the film, Alfred is a young man who plans to pursue his personal vow to become…

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The New World (2005) is the story of the Jamestown settlement and their interactions with the Powhatan Indians during the colonization of Virginia, though the historical context of the film is almost completely hidden behind the story of the…

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Michael’s Radford’s 2004 adaptation of The Merchant of Venice aims to present the viewer a fresh take on William Shakespeare’s comedy of the same name, but when given the problematic history of the play, how much can it really succeed? With a…

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Othello is a 1995 film adaptation of Shakespeare’s play of the same name and directed by Oliver Parker. The movie, set in sixteenth-century Venice, is about Othello, a Moorish general of a Venetian army, who marries Desdemona, a white woman.…

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Fred Zinneman’s A Man for All Seasons proved to be a resounding success upon its 1966 release. It swept the 39th Academy Awards with eight nominations and six wins, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor.The film’s success was…

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The Countess (2009), written, directed, produced, and starring French-American actor, Julie Delpy, tells the story of the seventeenth-century Hungarian countess Erzsébet Báthory, also known as the "Blood Countess." The movie begins with her…

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Directed by Marshall Herskovitz and released in 1998, Dangerous Beauty is a romance set in Renaissance Venice, with feminist tones, a strong leading lady, and an endless array of beautiful costumes and enchanting Venetian settings. Dangerous…

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Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc is a heavy metal musical (sprinkled throughout with some pop and hip hop songs) set during the early years of Joan of Arc’s life, before she left Domremy. The film was directed by French auteur film director…

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Cecil B. DeMille’s first feature-length epic is an exercise in equivocation. Joan the Woman (1916) attempts to tell the story of a woman whose chosen path in life is inherently defiant of the gender norms of both her time and that of the…

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Henry V is a 1989 adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play of the same name, directed and starring Kenneth Branagh. In the film King Henry V is convinced by his clergymen to invade France. Henry crosses the English channel and takes the French…
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