18 April 2009

Your Favorite 18th Century Film? A New Poll. . .


Just a quick post this morning since the Grand Duchess and I have some work to take care of in the attic before our spray insulation is applied Tuesday morning.

I've been pondering various movies set during the 18th century since we viewed the Hillary Swank movie last weekend, and I've also looked around on the web. It turns out that there are many movies that fall into this category if we go all the way back to the 1930s. For the latest poll (at right) however, I've limited the movies titles to ones that I have either seen or know of. So, have a look, cast your vote, and maybe take a few minutes to leave some comments here, especially if you know another movie that is period specific and worthy of tracking down.
The Great Catherine, by the way, is not the more recent Catherine Zeta Jones film but rather a comedy with Peter O'Toole and (I believe) Audrey Hepburn from 1968 or '69.

Hopefully, I can squeeze in some time to get the long delayed game with Jeff Hudelson started and, later, some painting time on that latest batch of fusiliers. For now, it's back to the salt mines, er, the attic!

10 comments:

Fitz-Badger said...

I didn't vote. hmm, I haven't seen any of those... and I can't think of any I have seen.

All I can think of are TV shows, like "The Scarecrow" with Patrick McGoohan; some old American show set in the American revolution (can't remember the name or much else about it - I believe it was in color, maybe from the 70's?); the British series "Poldark"; "Daniel Boone" (starring Fess Parker); something with Leslie Nielsen as the Swamp Fox (another Disney TV movie?). There must be others, but that's all that comes to mind right now.

Der Alte Fritz said...

It was tough to choose between Barry Lyndon and Last of the Mohicans, but I went with Stanley Kubrick's vision of the 18th Century.

You left out Valmont, which is basically the same film as Dangerous Liasons, only better.

Revolution and The Patriot had some 18th C battle scenes covering the American Revolution.

Bluebear Jeff said...

Stokes,

I not only don't see your poll . . . but there is nothing on the side of your posts at all . . . just blank space . . . and I don't know why.


-- Jeff

Stokes Schwartz said...

Hi Jeff,

Hmmm, I am seeing everything here. Might it be worth trying a different browser? Otherwise, I lack enough tech knowledge to suggest anything else. Can anyone else offer a suggestion to Jeff?

Best Regards,

Stokes

Bluebear Jeff said...

I'm using Firefox 3 . . . and I used to be able to see things . . . but not now.

Is anyone else experiencing this problem?


-- Jeff

Bluebear Jeff said...

Never mind . . . I found it. All that I had to do was to scroll two thirds of the way down the site . . . silly place for it to be.


-- Jeff

guy said...

I went for the Last Of the Mohicans. Great film. There was also an old BBC TV series. I'm sure I have seen a film about Bonnie Prince Charlie. I'll put my thinking cap on. I also think I have seen that film about Catherine the Great when the actors have a wargame with floating sailing ship models and they wade about in the water firing model cannons.

Guy

Stokes Schwartz said...

Guy,

The movie you mention is The Great Catherine with Peter O'Toole and ( I think) Audrey Hepburn. The battle they refought was Bunker Hill.

Best Regards,

Stokes

John Clements said...

Fascinating! It has to be Barry Lyndon overall for me too, but there is also the UK TV film on Culloden by Peter Watkins which is old but highly regarded by many as it is gruesomely realistic about what shot and sword did to people (maybe excluded as it was never on general release) and the French swashbuckling romance Fanfan le Tulip in two versions of which the older is a better film, but the later more military, set at the time of Fontenoy. There are some nice clips on YouTube.

I suspect there are plenty of other French films set in the period.

John Clements said...

Oh, and I forget to mention that the female lead in The Great Catherine was Jeanne Moreau.

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