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  • AnonymousHi, can you recommend some good period show/movies?
  • wednesdaydreams

    Mini Series

    • Brideshead Revisited (1981) (w Jeremy Irons)
    • Henry VIII & His Six Wives (1994)
    • Pride and Prejudice (1995) (w Colin Firth) (the beginnings of mass hysteria over a period film figure lololol)
    • Daniel Deronda (2002)
    • Charles II: The Power & the Passion (2003) (w Rufus Sewell, Helen McCrory, Rupert Graves)
    • Henry VIII (2003) (w Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Blunt, Charles Dance, Mark Strong, Ray Winstone) 
    • North & South (2004) (Richard Armitage. This is the one drama/miniseries that caused mass hysteria)
    • Elizabeth I (2005) (Helen Mirren & Jeremy Irons)
    • The Virgin Queen (2005) (Anne Marie Duff and Tom Hardy)
    • Jane Eyre (2006) (Ruth Wilson)
    • Sense & Sensibility (2008)
    • Little Dorritt (2008)
    • Tess of the D’Urbervilles (2008) (Gemma Arterton & Eddie Redmayne)
    • The Devil’s Whore (2008) (Michael Fassbender, Andrea Riseborough)
    • Emma (2009) (Romola Garai & Jonny Lee Miller)
    • Wuthering Heights (2009) (Tom Hardy) 
    • The Pillars of the Earth (2010) (Eddie Redmayne, Hayley Atwell)
    • Any Human Heart (2010) (Matthew MacFadyen, Hayley Atwell, Sam Claflin, Holliday Grainger)
    • The Crimson Petal and the White (2011) (Romola Garai & Gillian Anderson
    • Mildred Pierce (2011) (Kate Winslet, Guy Pearce, Evan Rachel Wood)
    • Birdsong (2012) (Eddie Redmayne, Clemence Poesy)
    • Parade’s End (2012) (Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall)
    • Restless (Hayley Atwell , Charlotte Rampling, Michelle Dockery)
    • Great Expectations (2013) (Gillian Anderson)

    STRONGLY DO NOT RECOMMEND: THE WHITE QUEEN unless you want to get VERY ANGRY about potentially awesome female characters being HORRIBLY WRITTEN. WILL ONLY RECOMMEND BECAUSE I LOVED ANEURIN BARNARD AND DAVID OAKES 

    ALSO DO NOT RECOMMEND: NEW WORLDS. TERRIBLE SEQUEL TO THE DEVI’S WHORE. WTF???

    TV Series 

    • Downton Abbey
    • The Bletchley Circle
    • The Hour
    • Mad Men
    • Outlander
    • The Borgias
    • The Tudors
    • Penny Dreadful
    • The Musketeers
    • The Paradise
    • Peaky Blinders
    • Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

    Movies 

    We’d be around here forever if I unleashed the entire catalog of period films I’d recommend, so I’m going to narrow down to a list of films I think are lesser known, that more people should watch. For full list of recommended period films, please go here 

    • Northanger Abbey (2007 TV movie with Felicity Jones)
    • Persuasion (2007 TV Movie with Sally Hawkins and Rupert Penry Jones)
    • Angel (2007) (Romola Garai & Michael Fassbender)
    • Anne of the Thousand Days (1969) 
    • Camille (1936) (Greta Garbo, Robert Taylor)
    • Cheri (2009) (Michelle Pfeiffer, Rupert Friend, Kathy Bates)
    • Christine (1958) (Alain Delon & Romy Schneider)
    • Cracks (2009) (Eva Green)
    • The Edge of Love (2008) (Keira Knightley, Cillian Murphy)
    • Dangerous Liaisons (2012) (set in 1930s Shanghai with Zhang Ziyi)
    • Dangerous Beauty (1998)
    • The Banquet (2006) (loose adaptation of Hamlet with Zhang Ziyi and Zhou Xun)
    • Red Cliff I & II (2009-2009)
    • Jezebel (1938)
    • La Reine Margot (1994)
    • Quartet (1981)
    • The Story of Adele H (1975)
    • Tess (1979)
    • Maurice (1987)
    • Nosferatu (1979)
    • The Innocents (1961)
    • Howard’s End (1987)
    • A Room With a View (1985)
    • Remains of the Day (1993)
    • The King and The Clown (2005)
    • The Sword with No Name (2009)
    • That Hamilton Woman (1941)
    • 8 Women (2002)
    • Far From Heaven (2002)
    • Made in Dagenham (2008)
    • Vera Drake (2004)
    • Raise the Red Lantern (1991)
    • Populaire (2012)
    • The Age of innocence (1993) 
    • Masquerade (2012)
    • The Invisible Women (2013)
    • Belle (2014)
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