Sunday, December 27, 2009

Historic Women in Film - Part I

Again, as the holiday season gets underway, here's a list of films that feature some historic women - some films may be familiar - others not so. Enjoy!

A League of Their Own - women's professional baseball league (Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Lori Petty, and Madonna)

A Mighty Heart (2007) - Mariane Pearl (2007) (Angelina Jolie & Dan Futterman)

A Woman Called Moses (1978) - Harriet Tubman (Cicely Tyson)

Agatha (1979) – Agatha Christie (Vanessa Redgrave)

Agatha Christie, A Life in Pictures (2004) – Agatha Christie (Olivia Williams & Anna Massey)

Agnes of God (1985) - Quebecker nun (Jane Fonda, Anne Bancroft, Meg Tilly)

American Experience - Eleanor Roosevelt - Eleanor Roosevelt (David McCullough & Alfre Woodard)

Anastasia (1956) -Anastasia Nikolaevna (Ingrid Bergman & Yul Brynner)

Anchoress (1993) – medieval monasticism (Natalie Morse as Christine Carpenter)
Anna and the King (1999) - Anna Leonowens (Jodie Foster & Chow Yun-fat)

Anna Boleyn (1920) - Anne Boleyn (Henny Porten)

Anne Frank (2001) - Anne Frank (Ben Kingsley, Brenda Blethyn, Hannah Taylor Gordon, Tatjana Blancher, Joachim Krol, Jessica Manley, Nick Audsley, Jan Niklas, Lili Taylor)

Anne of the Thousand Days (1969) – Anne Boleyn (Richard Burton as King Henry VIII, Geneviève Bujold as Anne Boleyn, Irene Papas as Queen Katherine, Anthony Quayle as Wolsey)

Annie Get Your Gun (1950) – Annie Oakley (Betty Hutton)

Antony & Cleopatra (1951) – Cleopatra (Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh)

Artemisia (1997) - Artemisia Gentileschi (Michel Serrault, Valentina Cervi, Miki Manojlovic, Brigitte Catillon, Maurice Garrel, Emmanuelle Devos) [French]

Barbara (1997) – 17th Century Faroese Woman (Anneke von der Lippe) [Faroese / Danish]

Beatrice (1988) – 100 Years War (Julie Delpy)
[Also: Beatrice (USA) - Quarto comandamento (Italy) - The Passion of Beatrice (USA)]

Bride of Vengeance (1949) – Lucretia Borgia (Paulette Goddard as Lucretia Borgia and John Lund as Alfonso d’Este)

Becoming Jane (2007) - Jane Austen (Anne Hathaway, James McAvoy, Julie Walters, James Cromwell, Maggie Smith)

Bride of the Wind (2001) - Alma Mahler (Sarah Wynter, Jonathan Pryce, Vincent Perez, August Schmölzer, Simon Verhoeven, Dagmar Schwarz, Wolfgang Hübsch, Reneé Fleming)

Calamity Jane (1953) - Calamity Jane (Doris Day)

Callas Forever (2002) – Maria Callas (Fanny Ardant)

Catherine the Great (1934) – Catherine the Great (Flora Robson)

Camille Claudel (1989) - Camille Claudel ( Isabelle Adjani, Gerard Depardieu, Madeleine Robinson, Laurent Grevill, Philippe Clevenot, Katrine Boorman, Maxime Leroux, Roger Planchon, Jean-Pierre Sentier, Alain Cuny) [French]

Carrington (1995) - Dora Carrington (Emma Thompson, Jonathan Pryce, Steven Waddington, Rufus Sewell, Samuel West, Penelope Wilton)

Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (1967) - Anna Magdalena Bach (Gustav Leonhardt, Christiane Lang, Paolo Carlini, Ernst Castelli, Hans-Peter Boye, Joachim Wolf)

Cleopatra (1963) – Cleopatra (Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton as Antony, Rex Harrison as Caesar, Roddy McDowell as Octavian Caesar Augustus)

Coal Miner's Daughter (1980) – Loretta Lynn (Sissy Spacek)

Cross Creak (1983) - Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (Mary Steenburgen, Rip Torn, Peter Coyote, Dana Hill)


Huscarl said...

How's about (apologies if they're already on the wonderful list of yours, Mel);-

Aliens (1986) - classic Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) v's monsters action!?

Boudica (2003) - Alex Kingston as the Iceni druidic-warrior Queen.

Elizabeth (1999) - Cate Blanchett (an Ozzie!!) as the iconic English Queen in a great, moving film.

Anne of the thousand Days (1969) - Genevieve Bujold (v's Richard Burton's vicious Henry) as the feisty yet doomed Anne Boleyn.

The other Boleyn girl (2003)- Phillipa Gregory's story, brilliantly made for UKtv, about the ill-fated Queen, Anne.

Dangerous Liaisons (1989) - Glenn Close steals this great, saucy and cruel film about sex and intrigue in late 18thC pre-revolution France.

Resident Evil (2002)- Former model Milla Jovovich leads the special forces in this tense zombie killer action.

Melisende said...


Hadn't included Aliens or Dangerous Liaisons (either version) or Resident Evil.