13 April 2009

Sigh -- A Dreary Easter Monday. . .

The Grand Duches and I watched an interesting movie last night. So, if you enjoy 18th Century period pieces, rent The Affair of the Necklace (2001) with Hilary Swank and Adrian Brody among others.

Set in France of the 1780s, the film has its basis in historical events, which, we are told, contributed to the French Revolution of 1789 in no small way. Well, I suppose that sort of statement can always be disputed, but 18th century buffs will enjoy the movie for at least two additional reasons. There are lots of interesting, very nicely done examples of daily dress, at least among the upper classes and royalty. And there are even a few sequences featuring French infantry and cavalry of the period.

Historical accuracy notwithstanding, you might like this movie too. It's an enjoyable way to kill two hours when you just don't feel like visiting the painting table. Significantly, though, your mind and imagination nevertheless remain in period, which is a good thing.

5 comments:

littlejohn said...

Yes sometimes only a little visual immersion in a period get the fires going again. The battle scene in "Barry Lyndon" can drive me back to the painting table (18th c that is..) in short order... ;)

--best
Dave

CWT said...

I always liked Amadeus - not military in any way, but very big on (late-ish) period feel - if you can get past the American accents in downtown Vienna

tradgardmastare said...

I love "Barry Lyndon" the candlelight scenes and, of course, the battles...
We watched "The Duchess" last weekend and were rather disappointed .What did you think?
Alan

Bluebear Jeff said...

Stokes,

How did the Indras' gig go?


-- Jeff

PS, you have my wife's email so you don't have to wait until my computer is back online to start the game . . . unless you can get some reinforcements painted in time to add to the Stollen troops.

Giles said...

Sounds interesting - I hadn't heard of this one. I watched "The Duchess" on the flight back from NZ last month, and was less than impressed - there siomply isn't much of a plot, or in fact a story...

Giles

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