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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Movie Suggestions

With Valentines coming up I've come across a number of sites suggesting the best movies for a romantic evening. Not to be outdone, here's mine. Keep in mind I'm a history teacher. Still what people forget about in studying history is that all the people mentioned had the same human emotions as we do today. They loved and were happy or they loved and were doomed by it.

This is not a chicks flicks list, or a guy flicks list. This is a list that compromises action, epic and romance on a grand scale. Something both can enjoy.

10) The Lion in Winter: And you thought your family was dysfunctional? With all the scheming and plotting at the core what comes through is that Henry and Eleanor really do love each other, they just love power more.

9) Taras Bulba: The son of a Cossack who falls in love with a Polish Princess and betrays his people. If that isn't love what is?

8) Shogun (2 1/2 hour version): During the summer I like to watch the whole mini-series, but the shorter version centers on the love between Blackthorne and Mariko.

7) The Egyptian: Story of an Egyptian physician who loses everything to a courtesan while overlooking the woman who loves him and then redeems himself.

6) Cleopatra: history's eternal doomed lovers. You don't get any better than Antony's and Cleopatra's death scenes.

5) Spartacus: Hey the whole rebellion was over a girl.

4. Stealing Heaven: This is a little known film without big name actors concerning the story of Abelard and Heloise. A truly touching story.

3. Dangerous Beauty: A wonderful story about courtesans in medieval Venice and the love of a wealthy Senator for the most famous one in history.

2. Friendly Persuasion: A family of Quakers trying to stay true to their faith during the Civil War is funny, touching, heart warming and just down delightful. Jess and Eliza's disagreement over bringing a musical instrument into the house ( and its resolution) is a true classic.

1. Gone With The Wind: The greatest romantic epic ever written and filmed.


Unknown said...

Good Morning, P M! I found this list delightful! Especially the truth that human emotiona have withstood the test of time and are cast only against the backdrop of historical changes from Hugh Beaumont in "Leave It To Beaver" to Michael Douglas in "Wall Street"! I can tell you have a sense of humor and a good heart! :)

Irina Tsukerman said...

Great list! I've seen a couple of them, but will one day need to go through all of them.

I do have to disagree about # 9.... I can't imagine betraying my country/nation for the sake of some guy,n o matter how wonderful. And to be honest, I'm not sure that's so much love as obsession if it forces people to do horrible things they otherwise wouldn't do. Now, if it inspires them to overcome themselves and do GREAT things they otherwise wouldn't do, that's a whole 'nother story... but of course is much rarer! :)

P M Prescott said...

Not wanting to spoil it, but the end of the movie makes your point.

P M Prescott said...

High praise, Michael, coming from you.