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The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964)

Duration 3h 8m Ratings UK: PG, USA: Approved, Spain: A  Source of story Very very loosely based on real events as chronciles in the “Decline and Fall” by Edward Gibbon. Director Anthony Mann Writers/Script Ben Barzman, Basilio Franchina, Phillip Yordan Starring Sophia Loren, Stephen Boyd, Alec Guiness, James Mason, Christopher Plummer, Anthony Qualyle, john Ireland, … Continue reading

The Duchess (2008)

Duration 1h 50m Ratings UK: 12A, USA: PG-13, Spain: 7  Source of story A book “Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire” by Amanda Foreman Director Saul Dibb Writers/Script Jeffrey Hatcher, Anders Thomas Jensen, Saul Dibb Starring Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Charlotte Rampling, Dominic Cooper, Hayley Atwell, Simon McBurney, John Shrapnel, Michael Medwin, Ratings IMDb: 6.9 by 80,000 … Continue reading

Colette (2018)

Duration 1h 51m Ratings UK: 15, USA: R, Denmark: 7  Source of story An original screenplay based on the very public life and novels of Colette Director Wash Westmoreland Writers/Script Wash Westmoreland, Richard Glatzer, Rebecca Lenkiewicz Starring Keira Knightley, Fiona Shaw, Dominic West, Robert Pugh, Arabella Weir, Eleanor Tomlinson, Denise Gough, Ratings IMDb: 6.7 by … Continue reading

The Last Emperor (1987)

Duration 2h 43m Ratings UK: 15, USA: PG-13, Denmark: 15  Source of story Saiod to be based on the autobiography of Puyi, the last emperor, published in 1964. Director Bernardo Bertolucci Writers/Script Bernardo Bertolucci, Mark Peploe, Starring John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O’Tool,  Jade Go, Ying Ruocheng, and a load of Chinese actors Ratings IMDb: 7.7 by … Continue reading

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Duration 1h 42m Ratings UK: A, USA:  Source of story A 1901 book of the same name by L. Frank Baum Director Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Mevyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, Richard Thorpe, King Vidor Writers/Script Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson, Edgar Allen Woolf,  plus 15 other contributors. Starring Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack … Continue reading

Apocalypto (2006)

Duration 2h 19m Ratings UK: 18, USA:  Source of story An original screenplay Director Mel Gibson Writers/Script Mel Gibson, Farhad Safinia Starring Rudy Youngblood, Morris Birdyellowhead, Dalia Hernandez, Raoul Max Trujillo,  Ratings IMDb: 7.8 by 291,375 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 66% by 199 critics. Elevator Pitch: In what is now Mexico a small group of men, dressed … Continue reading

The Passion of Christ (2004)

Duration 2h 07m Ratings UK: 18, USA: R. Spain 18. Source of story Said to be based on the gospels plus some other religious sources. Director Mel Gibson Writers/Script Benedict Fitzgerald, Mel Gibson Starring Jim Caviezel, Maia Morgenstern, Monica Bellucci,  Hristo Shopov, Claudia Gerini,   Ratings IMDb:  7.2 by 113,646 people. Rotten Tomatoes: 49% by 278 critics. Elevator … Continue reading

The Right Stuff (1983)

Duration 3h 13m Ratings UK: 15, USA: PG, Sweden: 11, Source of story Real events chronicled by a book of the same name by Tom Wolfe Director Phillip Kaufman Writers/Script Phillip Kaufman Starring Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid, Fred Ward, Barbara Hershey, Lance Henriksen,  Jeff Goldblum, Harry Shearer, Donald Moffat Ratings IMDb:  7.8 by … Continue reading

Secret of the Incas (1954)

Duration 1h 40m Ratings UK: U, USA: Approved. Sweden: 15 Source of story An original screenplay Director Jerry Hopper Writers/Script Ranald MacDougall, Sydney Boehm Starring Charlton Heston, Robert Young, Nicole Maurey, Thomas Mitchell, Yma Sumac,  Ratings IMDb: 6.1 by 1226 people. Rotten Tomatoes: No reviews. Elevator Pitch: Out in Peru Harry Steele is an adventurer … Continue reading

Marie Antoinette (2006)

Duration 2h 3m Ratings UK: 12A, USA PG-13,  Source of story Real events apparently as recorded by historian Lady Antonia Fraser. Director Sofia Coppola Writers/Script Sofia Coppola Starring Kirsten Dunst, Jason Schwartzman, Judy davis, Rip Torn, Rose Byrne, Asia Argento, Shirley Henderson, Danny Huston, Marianne Faithful, Jamie Dornan, Steve Coogan,  Elevator Pitch: As a means … Continue reading

El Cid (1961)

Duration 3h 2m Rating (UK) U Source of story Loosely based on the life of Rodrigo Diaz de Bivar Director Anthony Mann Writers/Script Fredric M. Frank, Phillip Yordan, Ben Barzman, Bernard Gordon Starring Charlton Heston, Sophia Loren, Raf Vallone, Geneviève Page, John Fraser, Gary Raymond, Michael Hordern, Herbert Lom, Elevator Pitch: The 11th Century Spanish … Continue reading

The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)

Duration 1h 55m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story A book of the same name by Philippa Greory Director Justin Chadwick Writers/Script Peter Morgan Starring Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Jim Sturgess, Mark Rylance, Kristen Scott Thomas, David Morrissey, Benedict Cumberbatch, Anna Torrent, Eddie Redmayne, Andrew Garfield, Eric Bana Elevator Pitch: In order to promote the … Continue reading

Paths of Glory (1957)

Duration 1h 28m Rating (UK) PG Source of story A novel “Paths of Glory” by Humphrey Cobb Director Stanley Kubrick Writers/Script Stanley Kubrick, Calder Willmington, Jim Thompson Starring Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou, George Macready, Wayne Morris Elevator Pitch: Two generals meet in the luxurious surrounding of a french palace during WWI one trying … Continue reading

Silence (2017)

 Duration 2h 41m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A novel by Shusaku Endo Director Martin Scorsese Writers/Script Martin Scorsese, Jay Cocks, Starring Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Ciarán Hinds, Issei Ogata, Shin’ya Tsukamoto, Yoshi Oida, Yosuke Kubozuka Elevator Pitch: In 1633 two Portuguese priests, Fathers Rodriguez and Garupe, whose mentor, Father Ferreira, had … Continue reading

The Lost City of Z (2016)

Duration 2h 21m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story Real events which prompted a book by US journalist David Grann Director James Gray Writers/Script James Gray Starring Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland, Angus Macfadyen, Ian McDairmid, Elevator Pitch: in 1905 Major Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnum) is hired by the British government to … Continue reading

The Pianist (2002)

Duration 2h 30m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story A book written by Wladyslaw Szpilman about his experiences. Director Roman Polanski Writers/Script Ronald Harwood Starring Adrien Brody, Emilia Fox, Ed Stoppard, Maureen Lipman, Frank Finlay, Cyril Shaps, Thomas Kretschmann Elevator Pitch: Pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish Jew is playing for a radio broadcast in 1939 … Continue reading

The New World (2005)

Duration 2h 25m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story Real events in the life of Captain John Smith who apparently wrote a number of books. Director Terence Malick Writers/Script Terence Malick Starring Colin Farrell, Q’orianka Kilcher, Christopher Plummer, Christian Bale, David Thewlis, Ben Chaplin Elevator Pitch: In 1607 three ships arrive on the coast of … Continue reading

Dr Zhivago (1965)

Duration 3h 13m Rating (UK) A Source of story A book of the same name by Boris Pasternak publiched in the West in 1955. Director David Lean Writers/Script Robert Bolt Starring Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger, Alec Guiness, Tyom Courtney, Ralph Richardson, Rita Tushingham, Klaus Kinski, Geoffrey Keen, Ingrid Pitt Elevator Pitch: … Continue reading

Chaplin (1992)

Duration 2h 23m Rating (UK) 12 Source of story The life of and the autobiography of Charlie Chaplin plus a book by David Robinson Director Richard Atenborough Writers/Script William Boyd, Bryan Forbes,  William Goldman Starring Robert Downey Jr, Geraldine Chaplin, John Thaw, Moira Kelly, Anthony Hopkins, Dan Aykroyd, Marisa Tomaei, Kevin Klyne, Maria Pitillo, Milla … Continue reading

Gone With the Wind (1939)

Duration 3h 58m Rating (UK) PG Source of story A bok of he same name by Margaret Mitchell Director Victor Fleming and uncredited George Cukor, Sam Wood Writers/Script Sidney Howard plus a number of studio hacks Starring Vivien Leigh, Hattie McDaniel, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Haviland, Clark Gable, Ward Bond, Elevator Pitch: The film follows … Continue reading

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