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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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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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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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Black Death (2010) takes place in England during the fourteenth-century plague, or the pestilence, as the film refers to it. The film follows Osmund as he goes on a most traumatic journey, transforming him from a young and naïve monk to a witch…

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Francesco is the 1989 docudrama directed by Liliana Cavani relating, in flashbacks, St. Francis of Assisi's transformation and awakening from privileged son to religious humanitarian and full-fledged saint. The film is based on Hermann Hesse's…

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The incredible success of The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) loomed heavily over the heads of any filmmaker aspiring to retell the legend of Robin Hood on film, and none other than Walt Disney stepped up to the challenge, personally overseeing the…

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Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972), directed by Franco Zeffirelli, is based on the early life of St. Francis of Assisi (played by Graham Faulkner), starting with his conversion and leading up to his audience with Pope Innocent III (played by Alec…
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