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    Default Good movies set in renaissance England?

    Does anyone know any films that are good for a sort of historical fiction immersion in Renaissance England? That would be preferable to a film based on actual people, but if you know of any you highly recommend that you feel is both quality entertainment and historically believable, I'd like to hear of 'em!

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    I would think "A Man for All Seasons." Also "Becket," similar but from an earlier era. Both are excellent.
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    The dates attributed to the Renaissance seem to shift around depending on one's information sources.

    Apparently, the Renaissance could have begun as early as 1350 and have lasted to as late as 1650.

    That's ample range for films set during the Resnaissance. However, I haven't encountered any comprehensive database of films set during these years, so I'll offer a few from my memory.

    • THE VIRGIN QUEEN (1955) a Hollywood studio production
    • CROMWELL (1970) has a contemporary classical music score by Frank Cordell, with cantata-like choral passages
    • MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS (1971) (not a favorite of mine, but I'm tossing it in if you're interested)
    • THE DRAUGHTSMAN'S CONTRACT (1982) a Peter Greenaway puzzle piece

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    Elizabeth is (surprisingly) about queen Elizabeth I. It is pretty accurate I think and, although not fantastic, it is not bad and reasonably enjoyable too. It is biographical, of course, but I can think of only surprisingly few films set in this era. The sequel is not great I don't think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramako View Post
    Elizabeth is (surprisingly) about queen Elizabeth I. It is pretty accurate I think and, although not fantastic, it is not bad and reasonably enjoyable too. It is biographical, of course, but I can think of only surprisingly few films set in this era. The sequel is not great I don't think.
    A man for all seasons. (I once did the stage lighting for the play for a college production.)

    Elizabeth is good. The Virgin Queen is awful.

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    Witchfinder General! A wonderful, bleak tale from the chaotic days of the civil war.
    Wäre das Faktum wahr, – wäre der außerordentliche Fall wirklich eingetreten, daß die politische Gesetzgebung der Vernunft übertragen, der Mensch als Selbstzweck respektiert und behandelt, das Gesetz auf den Thron erhoben, und wahre Freiheit zur Grundlage des Staatsgebäudes gemacht worden, so wollte ich auf ewig von den Musen Abschied nehmen, und dem herrlichsten aller Kunstwerke, der Monarchie der Vernunft, alle meine Thätigkeit widmen.

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    I would concur that Elizabeth is worth a watch.

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    What about Holland anno 1650?

    Girl With the Pearl earring

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0335119/?ref_=sr_3

    Only movie i could think of.
    "That as s."

    - Mark Twain

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    I'd recommend the opening of "The Lion in Winter" with John Barry and gargoyles ... surely this captures a medieval/renaissance atmosphere! Give it a whirl at ... http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMjY-qstO20. The quality may not be the best, but it will give a gist.

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    Anonymous (2011) Directed by Roland Emmerich. With Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, David Thewlis, Sebastian Armesto

    Good film, great soundtrack by Thomas Wander and Harald Kloser

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    A little later than Renaissance Restoration (1995) Directed by Michael Hoffman. With Robert Downey Jr., Sam Neill, David Thewlis, Polly Walker

    Again, good film, great soundtrack by James Newton Howard

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    The TV mini series "The Tudors" (2007-2010) with Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill, Natalie Dormer is a terrific.

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    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0758790/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Biwa View Post
    The TV mini series "The Tudors" (2007-2010) with Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill, Natalie Dormer is a terrific.

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    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0758790/
    Still on my bucket list

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biwa View Post
    The TV mini series "The Tudors" (2007-2010) with Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill, Natalie Dormer is a terrific.

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    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0758790/
    He must have been the most non authentic Henry VIII ever.
    Henry VIII was big and red haired not small and dark haired.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sloe View Post
    He must have been the most non authentic Henry VIII ever.
    Henry VIII was big and red haired not small and dark haired.
    Indeed!



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