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Old June 9 2013, 01:34 AM   #16
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Re: What stories from history would you like to see made into movies?

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William I the Conqueror of England and his conquest for the throne.

I wrote about this topic in my blog. European History and American Movies

http://europeanroyalhistory.wordpres...erican-movies/
Either this or any other event from when the Romans left Britain until William The Conqueror.
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Old June 9 2013, 02:07 AM   #17
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William the Conqueror was a brutal son of a bitch when he was challenged. A bio of him would have to be unflinchingly honest. Didn't he order his army to lay waste to the populations of some northern villages who had dared rebel against his rule?
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Old June 9 2013, 02:44 AM   #18
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William the Conqueror was a brutal son of a bitch when he was challenged. A bio of him would have to be unflinchingly honest. Didn't he order his army to lay waste to the populations of some northern villages who had dared rebel against his rule?
Yes, it's called Harrying of the North. Northern English lords, who were used to semi-independence and were basically half Scandinavian from many years of Viking rule, rebelled against Normans for several years until William went there with an army and burned half of Northumbria.
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Old June 9 2013, 03:52 AM   #19
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I'd like to see Xenophon's Anabasis turned into a 300 Sequel. It basically reads like one anyway (it's seriously epic). You can call it "The March of the Ten Thousand[/url] or something like that.
I completely agree. I've read a couple translations and the Long March always comes across as one of the best ancient action adventure stories that's never been adapted to film.

That said, I'm not sure about making it in the vein of 300. I'd prefer an adaptation similar to the 1950's epics.
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Old June 9 2013, 04:08 AM   #20
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Ahhhhh, yes. The Harrying of the North. That's what I remember reading about. I find the entire history of the English monarchy after 1066 fascinating in the extreme. And before.

I'd love a movie/mini series that seriously treated the whole farce of Henry VIII divorcing Catherine of Aragon on the pretext that it was a sin she'd supposedly slept with her first husband, Henry's deceased older brother, Arthur. The examination of gender roles in the monarchy (a serious examination, not some romantic pseudo history slop like "The Other Boleyn Girl") would be riveting: Henry's desire for a male heir at all costs, Henry's all consuming desire for Anne Boleyn and, most significant of all, the historical falsity that Catherine, while a very good woman who loved Henry dearly, was too pious and pure to have told a lie about never having slept with Arthur. It's been genuinely accepted in academic/historical circles that Catherine never slept with Arthur.

The only problem with that is that more modern historians have finally been granted access to archived letters from Spanish sources from the time period written by female relatives and acquaintances of Catherine.....and every correspondence, though they don't say it outright, makes it obvious that Catherine did lie. They all reference a necessary falsehood. There is zero physical evidence that Arthur was too frail to have done the deed. It's a historical fiction invented by Catherine's duenna/governess after Arthur unexpectedly died four months after the marriage. She wanted to protect Catherine's place in the English monarchy and all the political advantages of a Spanish/English alliance. The bitch of it for poor Catherine was that, in the beginning, her in-laws didn't care if she'd slept with Arthur. Henry only started caring when he didn't have a male heir 20 years later. Catherine didn't want her daughter to lose her place and be declared a bastard. It was unthinkable. How could she admit after all those years she lied? It would have been humiliating and given Henry justification. It's hard not to feel for the poor woman.

To the modern mind, it's unjust and unfair, but it would have been the disgrace of Catherine and her daughter had she told the truth. All she did was sleep with her first husband. It's a sordid, fascinating, tragic tale that resulted in England splitting from the pope, all for Henry's desire to divorce. It changed history. It should get a serious treatment for once. No more of the theatrical treatment of Catherine, while a good person, as incapable of telling a lie. Also, it would be nice to see a physically correct depiction. She wasn't a swarthy, statuesque woman. Catherine of Aragon stood four feet ten inches tall, had fair skin, blue green eyes and strawberry blond hair so long she could sit on it if it wasn't pinned up. Every portrait of her depicts a petite, fair skinned, light haired woman.
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Old June 9 2013, 04:33 AM   #21
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An Andrew Jackson mini-series, in the vain of HBO's John Adams, could be great.
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Old June 9 2013, 04:34 AM   #22
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The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921, which most Americans today probably know nothing about, would make a great docudrama. Actually calling it a "riot" is an understatement -- it was more like a small war.

I've always wanted to see an epic-scale, fact-based disaster flick about the Halifax Explosion of 1917, which destroyed half the city and left at least 2000 dead and thousands more injured.
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Old June 9 2013, 04:46 AM   #23
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Being from Omaha, I'd love a film version of the story of Tom Dennison. Starring, of course, this man.
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Old June 9 2013, 05:06 AM   #24
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Andrew Jackson. Now there's a dicy biography waiting to happen. The man accomplished a great deal, but talk about a racist. Fascinating history, but yowza.
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Old June 9 2013, 03:09 PM   #25
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The events and aftermath of Perry's "Black Ships", told from both, an American and Japanese perspective (similar to Tora, Tora, Tora). You'd probably need a miniseries for that.
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Old June 9 2013, 08:23 PM   #26
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I've always wanted to see an epic-scale, fact-based disaster flick about the Halifax Explosion of 1917, which destroyed half the city and left at least 2000 dead and thousands more injured.

There was a Docudrama CBC did awhile back about that, but yeah, would make for an interesting movie.
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Old June 9 2013, 09:12 PM   #27
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Something about African history as African history is rarely taught in U.S. schools. I think it'd make for a fascinating film.
History from the point of view of my high school:

First there was Greece, then Greece went away. Then there was Rome. Then Rome went away.
Then there were Dark Ages.
Then all the sudden, Henry VII was king of England. His descendants killed a bunch of people and exchanged time on the throne.
Then there were a bunch of European explorers.
Then the Colonies were formed in the New World, and a little later they rebelled.
And then finally, there was the US.

Nothing happened in Asia between Marco Polo visiting it and Communism. Nothing happened in Africa until Europeans decided to start kidnapping people from there.

So yes, any movie focusing on parts of African or Asian history would be awesome. I've read some old Chinese literature that I think would make wonderful films.
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Old June 9 2013, 09:46 PM   #28
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I'd love to see the life story of Harriet Quimby.

Also, I think a dramatization of Grace Kelly's friendship with Josephine Baker would be fantastic.
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Old June 9 2013, 10:42 PM   #29
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I'd also love to see a movie about Pompei.

The first half a hedonistic bathhouse romp, the second half a volcano exploding and destroying it all.
The good news is there's a Pompeii movie on the way. It's scheduled for release on the 28th February 2014. The bad news is it's being directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. It stars Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Jared Harris, Kiefer Sutherland, Carrie-Anne Moss, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and Jessica Lucas.
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Old June 9 2013, 10:44 PM   #30
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Kit Harrington? He sucks. Gods, how I wish Richard Madden had been cast as Jon Snow. Anyone who saw the RW on GT will know what I mean. What a waste of a talented actor.
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