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    Avatar photoAlan Gruber

    What are your favourite novels and films dealing with the 18th Century?

    I must admit that “Barry Lyndon” is way up there film wise  and “The Duellists- which just sneaks in?


    Avatar photoPatrice

    “Barry Lyndon”, as you said.

    And then, as you did not mention that every answer should be seriously historical, I must confess that I like:

    “Fanfan la Tulipe” (an old French film, 1952!)


    and this clip from French female singer Mylène Farmer, 1988!

    AAaarrggh, don’t look too closely at the uniforms etc, but it’s Mylène Farmer


    Avatar photoJeff Glasco

    For me, it is Barry Lyndon. It sort of sums up all of the 18th Century for me (at least what I am interested in). Not much good in terms of the American Revolution, The Patriot is too inaccurate and just a crap film, and Revolution (from the 1970s) is just too boring. I am sure that there are some non-English language films about this period that I have missed. Filmmakers don’t see too interested in the 18th Century, but then it isn’t really the favorite era for historians either. I’m sort of the odd one out there who likes this period as a historian, most of my colleagues who do British History seem to favor later periods, especially topics about industrial/Victorian England and very modern topics.


    Avatar photoSondergaard

    I’m on a FiW bender at the moment so Last of the Mohicans is right up there. Barry Lyndon is Kubrick’s best film as far as I’m concerned.
    Culloden is wonderful if you are lucky enough to have seen it. For those who haven’t, it’s a sort of drama/documentary with battlefield interviews done by a roving reporter. Sounds ghastly but it works beautifully.
    Available here with The War Game. http://www.amazon.co.uk/War-Game-Culloden-DVD/dp/B00008NNLF/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1409695769&sr=1-1&keywords=culloden/ French edition but the dialogue is English.
    As said above, The Patriot is just a terrible film, never mind the inaccuracies, and Revolution is just dull.

    Edit: still having problems with links.

    Not in the face!

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