It’s the start of the cold season here, in Europe. For me, that means I get more free time to snuggle up in bed with a cup of tea and watch historical movies.
Why do I choose historical movies? you may ask.
Why don’t I just watch Euphoria, La casa de papel, The Nanny, The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, Friends, The Office, or other famous series as typical teenagers do?
Not to brag but… I’m too much of a history enthusiastic to watch basic series or movies. I find historical facts and stories more appealing than any dramas of today. Moreover, my life is already so full of drama, I wouldn’t stand to get exposed to any more.
With the hope that this will lit a spark for history inside you, I have put together a list of the best historical movies ever made (in my opinion, of course). These aren’t all just classics.
As: I will try not to give you any spoilers (or at least any major ones)
12 years a slave
12 years a slave is a movie made in 2013. As you may have intuited, it is about the period in time in which the blacks would have been kidnapped from their African or American homes and sold throughout America as slaves.
There are many movies and books out there on this particular topic but this one is, by far, the most realistic and touching one I have ever come across.
Where hands touch
Forget about Schindler’s List, The Pianist or other classic movies about the World Wars. Where hands touch is the best out there.
It tells the story of a biracial girl, born german and her life in Nazi Germany, but of other Jews and black people too. It’s beautiful beyond words.
Elizabeth: the Golden Age
If you have never had an Elizabethan or Victorian Era phase, we cannot be friends. The make-up, the clothes, the beauty standards overall… I’m obsessed. Not to mention how interesting these periods of time are from a historical point of view.
As with slavery and the problem of racism, there are plenty of movies about Elizabeth’s life. This film was shot in 2007 and tells the story of what the famous Virgin Queen had to face because of being in the hold of a country.
The sets, the costumes, they all set the scene so well. While watching this movie I felt exactly like a grain of sand carried by the wind. Although apparently not affected by what was going on in the movie, it changed my way of thinking radically.
Similar to this one are Mary Queen of Scots, Elizabeth, The Young Victoria.
The Man in the Iron Mask
If you aren’t really into history, you may only recognise this movie if I tell you about Bastille or The Three Musketeers.
This movie’s action takes place in the 17th-18th century’s France. It is about, as the title clearly says, a man in an iron mask. The reason why he was imprisoned and forced to wear that mask is being treated in many books and movies, including this one. I am afraid I cannot say more without giving you any spoilers. You have to see it with your own eyes, it’s incredible!
Historical or biographical movies help me go on with life whenever I feel burdened. For some reason, discovering and knowing that other people had it worse eases me of all the bad feelings.
You know what they say, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”.
Halloween is right around the corner! If, you too, are a binge-watcher, check out this article about Halloween movies.