You’re maybe looking for an 18th century fix, just something in between seasons or while you’re trying to flesh out your next story idea. Obviously there are a lot of movies and TV shows out there - this is a selection that I wish more people knew about.
Note: Everyone enjoys a show or movie for different reasons. These shows are on this list because of the time period they depict, not because of the quality of their writing, the accuracy of their history or the political nature of their content. Where I’m able to, I’ve mentioned if a book is available if you’d like to read more. If you enjoy Harlots as a female driven show or a show with feminist feelings, this is not necessarily a list for you.
Garrow’s Law: William Garrow was a barrister and a pioneering legal mind in the 18th century, and this show (which ran for 3 seasons) is based on real Old Bailey cases and Garrow’s defenses, while also working in his fraught social life.
City of Vice: A miniseries that explains the origins and work of the Bow Street Runners, one of London’s first police forces. Does a great job of opening up some of the early 18th century underside of London including a smidge of 18th century gay culture.
A Harlot’s Progress: William Hogarth was an 18th century artist, printmaker and social commentator whose “A Harlot’s Progress” famously depicts the downfall of a woman who goes into prostitution. This 2006 series explores the relationship that inspired the ‘Harlot’ piece.
The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant: For men and women who broke the law, punishment was often severe - imprisonment, hard labor, or hanging might be the answer to any number of offenses. If the judge was feeling lenient, another sentence might be imposed - transportation. Hundreds of convicts found themselves stuffed in ships and sent to the other side of the world. This 2005 series with Romala Garai follows a very famous convict, Mary Bryant, and her experiences.
Banished: Another take on penal colonies in Australia. Currently available on Hulu.
Clarissa - Based on the epistolary novel by Samuel Richardson, Clarissa follows a girl of the same name as the infamous rake Lovelace tries to seduce her. Another look at what how women can be corrupted. Fandom nerds, taken note: Lovelace was one of the first characters to inspire fix-it fic. (Yes, really! In the late 1700s.) Yep - he is one of the original men for whom the 'No, really, I can reform him’ trope was created. (Richardson, his creator, was so horrified by this reaction by his fans that he actually revised the book several times to try and make Lovelace even more villainous and irredeemable, with little success. Then as now, women apparently love the idea of a bad boy.)
The first half of this list deals with stories that move in the lower to middle class levels of society. Of course, the 18th century is lousy with aristocratic types, and they have a number of stories of their own, too.
Amazing Grace - The history of slavery in England and its colonies is complicated and nuanced; this story deals with one of the more famous names from that story, William Wilberforce, and his contribution.
Belle - Based on the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Another look at racial politics in England.
The Aristocrats - One of my all-time favorite TV miniseries and based on the nonfiction book by Stella Tilyard, this show follows the (actual, nonfictional) Lennox sisters, daughters of the Duke of Richmond as they grow up, marry, and adjust to rapid social change from the early 1700s into the 1790s.
Dangerous Liasons - Another story about corruptible young women, this one has 3 very well deserved Oscars to its name and an absolutely stunning Glenn Close.
The Duchess - About the same time the Lennox sisters were out in society, so was Georgiana, the Duchess of Devonshire. This is based on (I’m not sure how closely) Amanda Foreman’s biography of Georgiana, one of the leading ladies of her day.
Marie Antoinette - Sofia Coppola’s wild, modern romp through the life of one of the 18th century’s most notorious women. It may not be great history, but darn me if it isn’t fun to watch.
Farewell, My Queen - Another story about Marie Antoinette - this one is in French.
I know that I promised an X Company post a few weeks ago, and I swear that I am working on it, but for now I decided to recommend some of my favourite historical movies. If you have any suggestions, I would be happy to hear them!
1) Suffragette, Directed by Sarah Gavron, starring Carey Mulligan, Anne-Marie Duff, Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep, and tons of other amazing actresses.
I actually just recently saw this movie, and I loved it. It tells the story of some of the foot soldiers of the suffragette movement. Carey Mulligan brilliantly plays Maud Watts, a wife and mother who works at a Laundry who ends up being a huge part of the suffragette movement. She gives up her job and her family to help women get some semblance of equality. I loved how the director showed female friendship, and illustrated the atrocities that the women went through trying to get the vote. Gavron shows the nitty-gritty’s of the movement, no glorifying of the things that happened. (Warning: this movie talks about rape and shows someone being force-fed in jail as well as other violence)
2) Anna Karenina, Directed by Joe Wright, starring Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Alicia Vikander.
There are many versions of this classic, but this is by far my favourite. The movie and costumes are highly stylized and the scenes fit together beautifully. This is maybe not the most historically accurate movie, but it is done gorgeously, and everything works together to create something that will make you weep. The movie follows Anna (Knightley), a woman who has a life-changing affair with the dashing young Count Vronsky (Taylor-Johnson). Set in the late 1800s, the film captures the height of Russian society and exhibits some of the challenges that women have had throughout history. I loved the costumes in the movie, and if you have a thing for great cinematography (like me), this movie is definitely for you. (Warning: the movie revolves around an affair, and suicide is a large part of the movie)
3) Pride and Prejudice, any of the adaptations are great. Actually, any Jane Austen movies are great.
I love Pride and Prejudice. Mr Darcy, Elizabeth, all of the characters are fabulous, and Jane Austen books give you the ultimate romance on a charming regency set. If you want a more cheerful historical movie (and those can be hard to find), Jane Austen stories are the best bet.
4) Testament of Youth, Directed by James Kent, starring Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Taron Egerton, Colin Morgan.
This movie did not get the attention it deserved. It not only had a fabulous cast, but also great costumes, music, and cinematography. To make it even better, it was based on a true story. The movie follows Vera Brittian through the First World War, first when she got into Oxford, then when she became a nurse, and as she lost some of the people she loved the most. I cried through pretty much the whole movie. It was beautifully and respectfully done, and gives us some insight on why she became a pacifist. Please remember that it is a war movie, so there are many very difficult scenes.
5) The Great Gatsby, Directed by Baz Luhrmann, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan.
Another great classic that will get you to question humanity as a whole and fight with people you actually like about all of the characters in the book. Except for Tom Buchanan. Everyone hates that guy. I loved how this movie was done- over the top with a great soundtrack and amazing costumes. It fit the book perfectly, in my mind.
6) Marie Antoinette, Directed by Sofia Coppola, starring Kirsten Dunst, Jason Schwartzman, Rip Torn.
History isn’t everyones cup of tea. This movie perfectly captures the extravagance of the French court just before the French Revolution in the late 1700s, all the while helping us modern people understand what it was like for Marie Antoinette. Most of the things that people know of her now are things that weren’t actually true, it was just propaganda (no, Marie Antoinette didn’t actually say ‘let them eat cake’.). The modern touches like the soundtrack and the converse that were snuck (is that the right word? It sounds wrong to me) into a shot help us understand what she went through, while still making a very enjoyable movie. Also, the aesthetic is pretty great.
There are tons and tons of other movies that I would like to recommend, but these are a few of my favourites. Some others that are deserving of your attention are:
7) Brooklyn, directed by John Crowley
8) Belle, directed by Amma Asante
9) The Imitation Game, directed by Morten Tyldum (this one is one of my favourite war movies, along with Saving Private Ryan and Schindlers List)
10) Atonement, directed by Joe Wright
Please feel free to add on to this list! Would anyone like another rec list, maybe for historical books or tv shows?
Zodiac Signs as Female Characters from Movies I Love
<b><p></b> <b><p></b> <b>Aries:</b> Suzy Bishop from Moonrise Kingdom, Isabelle from The Dreamers<p/><b>Taurus:</b> Clarice Starling from Silence of the Lambs, Daisy from How I Live Now<p/><b>Gemini:</b> Margot Tenenbaum from The Royal Tenenbaums, Eli from Let Me In<p/><b>Cancer:</b> Margaret Keane from Big Eyes, Celia Foote from The Help<p/><b>Leo:</b> Penny Lane from Almost Famous, Scarlett O'Hara from Gone With The Wind<p/><b>Virgo:</b> India Stoker from Stoker, Jordan Baker from The Great Gatsby<p/><b>Libra:</b> Rachel from Electrick Children, Marie Antoinette from Marie Antoinette<p/><b>Scorpio:</b> Dolores Haze from Lolita, Mimi from Bitter Moon<p/><b>Sagittarius:</b> Juno MacGuff from Juno, Dido Elizabeth Belle from Belle<p/><b>Capricorn:</b> Justine from Melancholia, Jane Burnham from American Beauty<p/><b>Aquarius:</b> Mathilda from Leon: The Professional, Lux Lisbon from The Virgin Suicides<p/><b>Pisces:</b> Layla from Buffalo '66, Daisy Buchanan from The Great Gatsby<p/><b></b> **Silence of the Lambs & Let Me In would be considered horror; The Dreamers & Bitter Moon has strong sexual themes and explicit nudity. Please search up more info on any of these if you're uncomfortable with those themes or others**<p/></p><p/></p><p/></p>
tbh nah like shakespeare at school just meant weeks of over analysing everything and i wanted to kms everytime i heard a girl in my class say ‘omg romeo and juliet is about true love’ like im p sure i got really cynical in that class and the teacher asked my opinion on it and i just went off my fucking nut ranting about how it wasnt romantic and was just f u c k e d and she was like yeah tbh its a bit dark for me but its logic and i was like yeah i know dont test me i hate that play but yadda yadda in all honesty never really got into it call me uncultured but eh the best english class i ever had was when we were analysing the movie 4 marie antoinette NOW THAT was a GOOD TIME
rumors. fame. scandal. sex. revolution. cake.
the baroque atmosphere of versailles is a staple to the way the wealthy
and the well-bred live their lives. parties, big hair, luxurious gowns
and feasts for days. no one can deny that those in france are living the life they were born to live. and those weren’t blessed enough to be born in france, travel to versailles to get a taste of just how much sweeter the french life can be.
this is based in france in 1778 !! if
you’re having some trouble picturing what france at this time looks
like i’d suggest taking a look at the movie/trailer/edits of: marie
antoinette (2006) !
your character does not have to be from france, they just need to currently be in france, but of course flashbacks are more than welcome and those can take place anywhere !!
your character needs to have a purpose for being in versailles. they coule be french royalty, a guest of the french royalty ( which would mean they are of some noble or royal standing from a different country ) or some sort of french nobility. you are also welcome to apply for staff or other positions like a personal guard, a war general, etc.
your characters name might need
to be adjusted slightly in order to fit their status or where they are
from. for example my character elena gilbert would become something like
elena gabrielliif i wanted to make her italian.
course french monarchy positions are welcome but it’s pretty much first
come first serve so there will only be one queen and one king of
france. though you could definitely join as a princess, duchess, prince,
duke or any other noble position from france.
know the titles can be quite difficult to figure out, especially since
some websites are contradictory in what they describe so if you have any
questions feel free to ask me and we can figure it out together.
everyone in this verse needs to be human !! a few face claim repeats ( for twins ) is okay but it has to be approved by whoever applies for that face first.
activity checks will be done like every 2 weeks or so ! so please be active in the tag whenever you can !
within the first few days of joining please post a brief biography about your character ! this is very important ! even just bullet points is fine.
oc’s and mutli muses are more than welcome. we do not have to be mutuals.
i will most likely cap the ladies and gents at 20 each, depending on how many apps come in !!
A closeup of one of the gowns designed by Adrian for Norma Shearer as Marie Antoinette; in the movie it was worn during the storming of Versailles.
(I saw it and just HAD to post this to share with everyone. It’s amazing to see how beautiful and vibrant these costumes really are when you see them in colour like this, since the movie was filmed in black and white. We can only dream of how it might have looked in colour!)
could you recommend me your favorite feminine films?
Legally Blonde, Girlhood (lol i think i rec this every single time please every1 watch it) Clueless, Marie Antoinette, Uptown Girls, Audrey Hepburn movies (favorites: Sabrina and Charade), Miss Congeniality, How to Marry a Millionaire, Populaire, Amelie, The Hours, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, Moulin Rouge
EXCLUSIVE: Our interview with Linda Preston, Reign' make-up artist
Via Twitter, we had the chance to talk to Linda Preston, Reign’ make-up artist, to be able to submit questions and curiosity. And she very kindly agreed. Thank you again and we also thank all those who have sent us questions:
1. How did you get this job on Reign team? Did you do some particular selection before to get that? - Steven
I have been working as a union makeup artist for 25 years and I interview for each job. I work with 2 time Emmy award winning Hair-Jenny Arbour frequently. We like to go in as a team, as makeup, hair and wardrobe really need to work well together. Both Jenny and I have worked with the producers and directors previously on other TV series. When we take on a job we try to put together a really great creative team who will work well together and collaborate. In the makeup department I have Alessondra Bastianoni as my first assistant, Ashley Rocha as my second assistant and Jane Meade in charge of background actors. In the hair department is Jenny Arbour- Department Head, Kelly Whetter is first assistant and Molly Adey is the second assistant with Nati Atuan with background. Ashley Rocha had graduated from Complections Makeup School 3 years ago and I met her as a permit member on a daily call. She came out to help on “ALPHAS” for a day. I saw promise in her ability and hired her to assist on “REIGN”. Ashley is the newest member in our union and the youngest at 22 years old. She is working with us in the makeup trailer and is learning how a TV series really goes. The 16 hour work days, nights, exterior locations…everything.
It isn’t the first time that Erdem Moralioglu and Alexa Chung have collaborated on a fashion project of this magnitude. Cast your mind back to “Punk: Chaos to Couture,” the Costume Institute’s 2013 exhibition, and you might remember Chung’s elegant take on red-carpet rebellion—yes, that gorgeous black sheer dress came courtesy of friend and fellow Londoner Moralioglu. The designer didn’t have to look too far for inspiration this time around; his latest collection was filled with the kind of rich color and texture that would look right at home in the mid-century modern setting of In the Mood for Love, the cult movie by Chinese filmmaker and exhibition artistic directorWong Kar Wai. “I wanted to make something bespoke for Alexa that felt couture like,” said the designer of the dress and its dramatic Watteau silhouette. “It’s important to feel like the most beautiful version of yourself and also to take risks and be daring.”
With her hair swept up in a simple bun, and her neck and arms denuded of jewelry, Chung showed exactly how to make the standalone power of a dress like this sing. And if Marie Antoinette were alive today, we have a hunch she’d approve of Chung’s eye-catching sky-blue satin slippers. “I love that it looked sort of regal but also felt easy to wear, it’s such a special dress,” said Chung. “I feel like I could be married or buried in this dress. Morbid, I know, but that just shows you how much I adored wearing it.”