film history meme

Arts inspired Asks!
  • Painting: If you could decorate a house, which colours would you paint the walls?
  • Sketch: When you doodle, what do you draw the most?
  • Sculpture: Do you have any figurines in your bedroom?
  • Film: When did you last go to the cinema? What did you see?
  • Photography: Do you use Instagram often?
  • Pigments: What did you wear today?
  • Literature: What's the last book you read?
  • Music: What's the last song you listened to?
  • Ceramics: Do you have a favourite cup/mug?
  • Theatre: Do you prefer plays or musicals?
  • Dance: Have you ever had dance lessons?
  • Architecture: If you could live in any kind of building, which would you pick?

I mean, how can Star Wars even compete?

Shirley Temple Inspired Asks
  • Stand Up and Cheer: Do you ever wear polka dots?
  • Baby Take A Bow: Have you ever learnt to dance?
  • Bright Eyes: When did you last fly on a plane?
  • The Little Colonel: Do you make a lot of noise when you climb the stairs?
  • Curly Top: Describe your current hairstyle.
  • The Littlest Rebel: What is the most rebellious thing you have ever done?
  • Captain January: Did you grow up near the sea?
  • Poor Little Rich Girl: If you became rich overnight, what would be the first thing you'd do?
  • Dimples: Do you have any distinguishing features?
  • Stowaway: Where in the World would you like to visit?
  • Wee Willie Winkie: What is your favourite historic period?
  • Heidi: Favourite book?
  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm: Would you like to own a farm?
  • Little Miss Broadway: Favourite musical or play?
  • The Little Princess: Have you ever been to London?
  • The Blue Bird: What would your own fantasy world consist of?

Period Drama Meme: (3/3) Unpopular Characters → Grigori Rasputin

↳ “He’s a filthy, lecherous and disheveled drunk. He preaches about heresy while he mingles sex with salvation. He preys upon the women who come to him for help, demanding that they have sex with him beforehand. The sex is to “exorcise the demons.” He claims that sex and alcohol are key to unlocking religious ecstasy. And yet there is something about him, something in his eyes that make me believe in him. It’s as if they burn straight through you and into your very soul.”

The Secret History characters as film genres (4/?): Julian Morrow as historical fiction film

“And what could be more terrifying and beautiful, to souls like the Greeks or our own, than to lose control completely? To throw off the chains of being for an instant, to shatter the accident of our mortal selves? Euripides speaks of the Maenads: head thrown I back, throat to the stars, "more like deer than human being.” To be absolutely free! One is quite capable, of course, of working out these destructive passions in more vulgar and less efficient ways. But how glorious to release them in a single burst! To sing, to scream, to dance barefoot in the woods in the dead of night, with no more awareness of mortality than an animal! These are powerful mysteries.“

Historical fiction is a genre in which the plot takes place in a setting located in the past. An essential element of historical fiction is a setting located in a temporal past. In this setting, historical fiction frequently portrays the manners and social conditions of the persons or times presented in the story and pays attention to other period details. Creators frequently choose to explore notable historical figures in these settings, allowing viewers to better understand how these individuals would have responded to their environments. Some historical dramas are docudramas, which attempt an accurate portrayal of a historical event or biography, to the degree that the available historical research will allow.


Period Drama Meme (3/3) Literary Adaptations: → The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje 

 “We die containing a richness of lovers and tribes, tastes we have swallowed, bodies we have plunged into and swum up as if rivers of wisdom, characters we have climbed into as if trees, fears we have hidden in as if caves. I wish for all this to be marked on by body when I am dead. I believe in such cartography - to be marked by nature, not just to label ourselves on a map like the names of rich men and women on buildings. We are communal histories, communal books. We are not owned or monogamous in our taste or experience.” 

The Secret History characters as Film Genres (1/?): Charles Macaulay as psychological thriller

“But how, how can you possibly justify cold-blooded murder?”

A distinguishing characteristic of a psychological thriller is a marked emphasis on the mental states of its characters: their perceptions, thoughts, distortions, and general struggle to grasp reality. There are life and death situations and certainly at the end (climax) but this could well involve death or danger to the mind or intrinsic identity or values of the hero rather than a physical threat. Psychological thrillers often deal with common themes such as death, reality, perception, identity, existence or purpose. Motives and intentions are more important than technical aspects of how a crime is done. Psychological thrillers focus on story, character development, choice, and moral conflict; fear and anxiety drive the psychological tension in unpredictable ways. 

The Secret History characters as Film Genres (2/?): Richard Papen as coming-of-age film

“I suppose there is a certain crucial interval in everyone’s life when character is fixed forever; for me, it was that first fall term I spent at Hampden. So many things remain with me from that time, even now: those preferences in clothes and books and even food—acquired then, and largely, I must admit, in adolescent emulation of the rest of the Greek class—have stayed with me through the years.”

Coming-of-age films focus on the psychological and moral growth or transition of a protagonist from youth to adulthood. Personal growth and change is an important characteristic of this genre, which relies on dialogue and emotional responses, rather than action - they tend to emphasize dialogue or internal monologue over action, and are often set in the past.. The main character is typically male, around mid-teen and the story is often told in the form of a flashback. Less common to novels, themes of developing sexual identity and political opinions are often featured in coming-of-age films; so, too, is philosophical development.


film history meme | [1/7] anecdotes:

Then there were my bungled orgies. Charlie Chaplin once organized one in Hollywood for me and two Spanish friends, but when the three ravishing young women arrived from Pasadena, they immediately got into a tremendous argument over which one was going to get Chaplin, and in the end all three left in a huff. – Luis Buñuel


get to know me meme: [1/10] favourite films - the history boys

‘The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - that you’d thought special, particular to you. And here it is, set down by someone else, a person you’ve never met, maybe even someone long dead. And it’s as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.’