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Old 08-19-2013, 04:53 AM
 
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Waterloo (1970) - Napoleon & Das Boot (1981) - WW2 Submarine

The two friggin best ever!!


Also :

Apocalypse Now (1979) - Vietnam War

Stalingrad (1993) - WW2 Eastern Front

Alexander (2004) - Greek Conqueror

Downfall (2004) - Hitler Bunker

Admiral (2008) - Admiral Kolchak Russian Civil War
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Old 08-19-2013, 10:03 AM
 
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Michael Collins (1996) starring Liam Neeson.

A fascinating film about an interesting period in Irish history, beginning with the Easter Rising of 1916. It was nominated for two Oscars, and won some lesser awards
And I'll add 'The Wind that Shakes the Barley' to follow the historical theme involving Ireland.

Another which I think is kind of a 'sleeper' film is 'Mountains of the Moon'. A fabulous picture on the explorations in Africa by Burton and Speke. Great cinematography and adventure. Spot on!
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Old 08-19-2013, 11:19 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Oh I forgot one to my post . THE AFRICAN QUEEN.
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Old 08-19-2013, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Orange County, CA
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Who knows if this particular story is close to the truth, but Eleanor of Aquitaine was certainly one of history's most amazing women. Just for starters, how many women born in the 10th century lived to be at least 80, in spite of having gone on a Crusade?
Typo perhaps? Eleanor 1122-1204 was certainly one of the most powerful and influential women of the Middle Ages, not just the 12th century. The Lion In Winter was good, do recall that, but since it has been so long since last viewed it, am uncertain as to it's historical accuracy.
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Old 08-19-2013, 11:57 AM
 
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The HBO mini series John Adams, was VERY good!

It was either a 3 or 4 part film.
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Old 08-20-2013, 02:28 AM
 
Location: Henderson, NV, U.S.A.
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The HBO mini series John Adams, was VERY good!
Already in my queue.
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Another which I think is kind of a 'sleeper' film is 'Mountains of the Moon'. A fabulous picture on the explorations in Africa by Burton and Speke. Great cinematography and adventure. Spot on!
That looks interesting, thanks.
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Patton... ...The Bridge on the River Kwai
Two greats!
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Old 08-20-2013, 06:48 AM
 
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
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"Pocahontas"
"Braveheart"
"Pearl Harbor"
"The Patriot"
"Titanic"
"JFK"
"Nixon"
"Forest Gump"

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Old 08-20-2013, 06:58 AM
 
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From my younger days:
Sink the Bismark
Zulu
Two good ones..And 'Zulu Dawn' with Peter O'Toole wasn't too shabby either.
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Old 08-20-2013, 07:26 AM
 
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This poster has long been a very harsh critic of historical films, so much so that when an inaccuracy is spotted the movie experience is ruined. The fact that a film has been a huge success, widely popular, and has earned Oscars, makes the fact that it is dreadfully wrong as to historical facts makes it even worse. Two films that come to mind that fit into this mold are Dances With Wolves and Braveheart, both loaded with inaccuracies. The list of films that have stuck to events and portrayed them as they happened, without deviating, would be a very short one, sorry to say.
I agree with you. But my feeling is that I am watching a vehicle of entertainment, and that being entertaining trumps historical accuracy in the mind of its creators. If I were watching a documentary film, I would certainly expect the best standard of historical accuracy.

Donizetti wrote three operas based on the lives of female rulers of the Tudor era. I have enjoyed them, but I really don't expect them to be historically accurate; and I have the same attitude toward historical films. They are amusements, diversions.
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:25 AM
 
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[quote] I agree with you. But my feeling is that I am watching a vehicle of entertainment, and that being entertaining trumps historical accuracy in the mind of its creators. If I were watching a documentary film, I would certainly expect the best standard of historical accuracy.
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You know I'm always fascinated in how 'history' and by that I mean , the study of actual events from the past, are interpreted in ANY medium be that in books, plays or film by those come and look at that period in question from their own time. Of course there is a demand for 'historical accuracy', just the facts maam, but I'd suggest that historical events, in a sense, can be dealt with as 'art' in the sense of its presentation. Michelet, the great historian of the French Revolution, didn't set out to be 'objective' in his views on the Revolution. He, as a historian, looked at it form his own personality and framed the event from his own personal point of view. Same with Gibbon in his famous 'Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire'.
Same with Thucydides as he analyzed the conflict between Athens and Sparta.

So really we get 'history' from individual viewpoints. And we can see all this play out in film. Facts as such are there to be interpreted and that's where entertainment picks up to give us another way to have us understand an aspect of 'history' in our own time.
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