I feel like this is a theme that I won’t do well with. The thing is I don’t necessarily like period dramas. There are a few that I do enjoy, one of them being my all time favourite but I don’t necessarily turn to them. We’ve had this genre in different formats over the years, horror themed as well as television themed so I should be alright. Though confessing right away that I don’t remember two of my period dramas at all. I’m sorry about that!
I picked my theme within a theme the moment I saw this week’s theme. Of course it’s Keira Knightley – the period drama queen in my eyes. She just fits a time that’s not current, you know? The movies she’s in aren’t always good but we can’t all win. I contemplated on picking Pirates of the Caribbean for this but I guess those are more like period adventure movies. Couldn’t really go with Pride & Prejudice either because I’ve mentioned it a million times. That movie is my favourite period drama by the way.
Anyway The Duchess is a 2008 movie that I have seen but don’t remember much of. I liked the dresses and the hair, that’s what I recall. Synopsis: a chronicle of the life of 18th-century aristocrat Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, who was reviled for her extravagant political and personal life. Ralph Fiennes and Dominic Cooper are in it so I should remember it… oh well. Anyway… I guess it was alright.
Again a movie I hardly remember watching… there is a spanking scene in here though. That’s what I remember (obviously). The movie also has Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortensen which just means it has a super strong cast. Synopsis is as such: a look at how the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud gives birth to psychoanalysis. So you know it’s not the easiest movie to digest in a way.
Since I can’t remember much about this movie it’s almost impossible for me to say if I recommend it. I gave it three stars… does that help? I probably gave one star for the spanking.
Leaving this last as this is the only one I remember. I did a Hidden Gems month with Keira and this was one of the movies I watched. After two very bland ones Anna Karenina actually stood out as something special. The costumes are lovely and there are some interesting directorial takes here that made me smile.
While the protagonist is not the most lovable I liked the contrast here. Maybe because the nature of a main protagonist being unlikable in many ways is one of my favourite tropes. If done well it can really bring up emotions and that’s exactly what Anna Karenina did. Also fun fact, Karenina if split in two is compiled of words kare and nina – in Estonian those words mean rough and nose. So in my mind the name has always been more like Anna Roughnose.
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