17 January 2011

Movie Adaptations: Your Favorites?

Readers! Today could be your lucky day!

Because of a scheduling mix-up, we have no official post for you today. Instead I thought I'd open up this month's topic to you. Let us know what your favorite (or lease favorite!) movie adaptation of an historical event. Could it be Young Victoria or Bonnie & Clyde? Saving Private Ryan or Amadeus? Give us a little taste of your tastes!

As a reward for playing along, I'll give away a $15 gift certificate to either B&N or Amazon to the winner I draw randomly on Tuesday morning. Best of luck!

EDITED: This contest is closed. Michele Hauf is our winner. Congrats to Michele, and thanks to everyone else for playing along.

31 comments:

E.D. Walker said...

This is kind of a cliche but I really love James Cameron's Titanic. Even though he royally messed with history. I love the romance in that. Cry every time.

Amy Kathryn said...

It is not necessarily a specific historical event but I love the Nun Story with Audrey Hepburn as a slice of life during war and internal struggles during a time of external pressures.

Margay said...

My mind is kind of blank on this, but I did love Amadeus - Tom Hulce was fantastic as the composer. But then, so was Gary Oldman as Beethoven in Immortal Beloved.

April said...

I think Titanic is such a love story.I am now watching the Tudors,what a mean King he would be and rather selfish,I think.
But,hey I like history.
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Cindy L said...

Braveheart and 300 are two that I loved! I actually walked across the same bridge from Braveheart while in Scotland.

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Annie Solomon said...

I love, love, love historical movies. Among my faves are Last of the Mohicans, Dances with Wolves, Gladiator, Sense and Sensibility (Emma Thompson), Pride and Prejudice (Colin Firth), Far and Away, gosh, I could go on and on. I'm a sucker for anything with a costume.

Maria Zannini said...

Oh my gosh, too many to list. I adore historicals. Any of the Elizabethan movies. And I loved 300. (I'm sure all the abs had something to do with that.) lol.

About the only adaptation Hollywood has repeatedly failed to do well is Alexander the Great.

Erastes said...

Although it's not based on a real historical event as the Christmas Court never actually took place, my favourite is The Lion In Winter - I could watch that every week. Brilliant cast, brilliant script.

StephB said...

Gosh, my favorite has to be Braveheart. (I know, Mel Gibson, but...) He absolutely transported me to another time and place when living was hard and cherished. The story was riveting, the characters interesting, the acting phemonial.

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Steph

dlynnpen said...

I have 3 that come to mind.First is "The Man in the Iron Mask" and the second is "First Knight".They both get me to tears everytime I see them.Then for a walk on the paranormal "LadyHawke".I could go on and on...lol

Danielle Gorman said...

I totally agree with E.D Walker. I absolutely LOVE Titanic. It is my absolute favorite movie and I still cry when I watch it. I think I must watch it at least once a month when it is on tv. I also like Pride and Prejudice, Atonement, Saving Private Ryan and Young Victoria.

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LilMissMolly said...

I love the movie, the Young Victoria. My daughter gave me the movie for Christmas and I've already watched it twice! The special features are good too, with one of them reading from Queen Victoria's letters. It was so nice to hear what a teenager had to say more than 150 years ago. :)

Sheree said...

Am I the only person on this planet who has never seen "Titanic" in its entirety? I've seen parts of it on TV on occasion.

I have to vote for "Amadeus" as well. I'm not sure how accurate it is, but it was fun, for the music if nothing else. Actually, I don't know if any of the movie adaptations are faithful to the real historical events since real life is frequently not that drama-filled or interesting (or rated R - can you imagine a movie about Alexander the Great with all the gay sex intact?).

Jane said...

I loved "The Untouchables," "Quiz Show" and "Glory."

MaryC said...

I know Mel Gibson isn't particularly in favor at the moment, but two of his are my favorites - Braveheart and The Patriot.
Reading through some of the comments makes me remember a few others. Lion in Winter is one of the first historical movies I ever remember seeing. Loved it. And Dr. Zhivago was my first real date movie. Loved the movie more than the date. ;)

MaryC said...

Oh and First Knight and Ladyhawke too.

Now why didn't I read this at the beginning of the day when I could have indulged in movies all day?

Great fill-in blog!

T.M. Lunsford said...

I love North and South (Elizabeth Gaskell, not John Jakes). It's just a beautiful movie.

irma adyatni said...

Best loved is restoration,love the spaniels,least loved is 300,very biased

Michele Hauf said...

I'm going to cheat, and instead of a movie, suggest a 6-ep. mini-series that appeared on the BBC. Desperate Romantics. Set in mid-19th century and features 3 famous artists who formed the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood. Great stuff!

Raven99 said...

I really love The New World and Braveheart. I think they both are very well done. I also want to mention Gone With The Wind. Rhett and Scarlet are one of my favorite on-screen couples, and I have watched the movie numerous times in my life.

Regan said...

If I'm thinking hot guys, it would be Troy with Brad Pitt. But my all time, forever favorite, never miss it even though I own the DVD set myself, Gond With the Wind followed by Richard Chamberlain's portrayal of Edmund Dantes in The Count of Monte Cristo.

Rosie Hong said...

My favorites aren't actually movies depicting historical events (except Disney's Mulan :D). I really like more of the period dramas based on books - Elizabeth Gaskell's Wives and Daughters, North and South, and Cranford. I also loved the Jane Eyre adaptation starring Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens *swoon*.

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M. said...

Great topic!
I've always thought 'Immortal Beloved' about Beethoven's life was a monumentally underappreciated movie. At least equally as good as the much more well known 'Amadeus'.

And I rewatch 'Elizabeth' whenever it happens to be on, gruesome reality-of-life-at-that-time notwithstanding, as well as 'Gandhi'. Also, the recent 'Mongol' about Genghis Khan was compelling.

(No need to enter my name, I just liked the topic)

JenM said...

It's tremendously hokey, but I adore The Ten Commandments with Charlton Heston. Truly an epic movie.

I also loved the original Masterpiece theater production of The Six Wives of Henry VIII back in 1970. I was a child when it first aired and I remember watching it with my mom and becoming enthralled with Tudor England.

catslady said...

Oh,so many of them and so many already mentioned but for two very different ones: Highlander and Pearl Harbor.

Ren said...

I love historical movies too! Though it isn't technically historical, Shakespeare in Love would have to be at the top of my list.

donnas said...

I really like the Kenneth Branaugh version of Henry V

librarypat said...

I did like Amadeus, but it has been so long since I saw it. Braveheart may have been a sweeping and good movie, but the historical inaccuracies spoiled it.

Jessica M said...

The Young Victoria is one of my absolute favorite recent movies, and one of my favorite historical adaptations. I also love the version of Sense and Sensibility with Kate Winslet in it, and have watched it far too many times to keep track of.

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Carrie Lofty said...

Michele Hauf (http://www.blogger.com/profile/12255612473985897103) is our winner! Michele, send me your details: contact AT carrielofty DOT com.

Thanks to everyone for playing along. Have a great week!

limecello said...

I love love love love love historical movies and period pieces. Especially the wuxia miniseries... but movie wise? Hm.
Since I recently watched some films with Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr, lets go with The King and I. :D Interesting settings *and* musical theater!? Win! ;)