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Old December 8th, 2016, 09:26 PM   #1
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Your All-Time Favorite Historical Movie?


Yeah...I know, very broad topic, and it's probably been done several times here in the past. But as a newbie, and since I just finished watching my personal favorite in the category, Dr. Zhivago, I can't resist.

I have now seen the movie probably 4-5 times, going back to my initial viewing some 20 years ago. But each time I watch it I get something more out of it, and am further amazed at the incredible acting, directing, cinematography, as well as the use of metaphor and allegory. The latter which was mostly lost on me when I was younger.

So...what say you? Give us you favorite, and the reasons. Thanks.

ps....Some of you who recognize the source of my avatar may wonder why I did not choose that movie. Well, while it of course IS one of my favorites, I am not so sure how historically accurate it is. Thus, I would put it in the category of "historical satire" instead of a Historical or Period film. Y

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If the topic includes films with a historical setting that aren't necessarily a faithful recreation of historical events, my pick might be The Last of the Mohicans.

I love the setting (colonial North America, French & Indian War), and it's just a fun movie. It might also have one of my favorite finales for a movie, historical or otherwise.

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Waterloo (1970).
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As far as TV goes, I enjoyed the BBC's adaptation of War & Peace.



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As far as TV goes, I enjoyed the BBC's adaptation of War & Peace.



Thanks for this! If it's as good as you say, maybe I can get away with watching that movie instead of reading the time of a book. I have always felt a little guilty for not reading it, especially being somewhat of a Russophile.
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Waterloo (1970).
You got ahead of me. For me too, 1970's Waterloo is my all time favourite historic movie, bloody well brilliant. The most live soldiers used ever.
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Little Big Man was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.


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For sheer entertainment , Where Eagles Dare is hard to beat.

For a more realistic movie, Paths of Glory tells you all you need to know about war.

As for Waterloo; I'm a great fan of the Napoleonic era and am fascinated by this particular battle, but I'm not a great fan of the film; I feel that the epic scale of the encounter wasn't captured in the same way that many Hollywood 'swords and sandals' epics did. Personally i much prefer Sharpe's Waterloo.
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Ben Hur ( With Heston ).. Gladiator.. and Last of the Mohicans.

Ridley Scott is the best movie director ever.. at least one level above Ingmar Bergman..
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