Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Best Historical Movies

The blog of the British magazine History Today recently proposed a list of The Ten Best Historical Films to commemorate the birthday of Ingman Bergman.  Cine-philistine that I am, I have only seen one of them, and that was a long time ago.

Personally I liked The Knight's Tale with Heath Ledger.  When the knights come cantering into the lists and the peasants in the bleachers begin to stamp their feet and sing "We will, we will rock you" -- now that's an evocation of class in history like you rarely see.  Paul Bettany exploring a little-known aspect of the career of Geoffrey Chaucer -- that's him there before the singing -- is pretty fine too.

Other nominations, more refined or not, gratefully received, of course.
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