Are you ready for another installment of 19th century inspired cinematic profusion? Surely, you are! I have rounded up another eight viewings for your Netflix queue and ticket purchasing glee. Take note and share with me which ones you are most interested in seeing.
Maison Close is now out on DVD (as per my library vendor). It looks down right scandalous! I believe this is a European-made two-season series, which might cause us Prudish Americans to be rather startled at the by the exposure of human anatomy. According to my preferred source of cinematic information, Internet Movie Database: “Paris, 1871. This is a story of the women trapped in a luxury brothel, ‘Paradise’. The very young Rose came to Paris in search of her mother, former prostitute. She is trapped and forced to enroll in Paradise. Vera is 35 years. She knows that the end of her career as a prostitute is near. She is betting everything on the Baron Du Plessis, her main client and the only one able to redeem her debt. Hortense is the owner of Paradise. She must take care her girls and resist pressure from a thug from the suburbs who is charging her money.”
Mr. Turner came out in select theaters last year and while I have heard very good things about this film. This film is also available on DVD/Netflix now. Or it should be available very soon. Actor, Timothy Spall’s turn as the irascible and increasingly eccentric, genius painter J.M.W. Turner is supposedly superb. According to rumors; at the request of the writer/director of the movie, Timothy Spall spent two years learning how to paint in preparation for the role. Talk about being dedicated to the craft! Unsurprisingly, this film as renewed interest in Turner’s work and has increased the sale of his paintings on the auction block. If you are unfamiliar with his work, do take the time to look it up. The colors across the canvas practically emote. You may view the trailer of the film here.
By its very nature, Westerns are always 19th century American. Slow West, starring Michael Fassbender and Ben Mendelsohn (who made appearances in Dark Knight Rises and Exodus: Gods and Kings), “follows a 16-year-old boy on a journey across 19th Century frontier America in search of the woman he loves, while accompanied by mysterious traveler Silas.” This movie already has high ratings on Imdb. In fact, it has the highest rating of this list. However, I will caution you, the reviews call it a leisurely paced film, which as we know by now is just a polite way to say it is a “slow” film, more cerebral in context than “shoot’em up, cowboy” approach. Slow West will coming out in select theaters, nationwide this month. View the trailer here.
Crimson Peak has some big named stars heading the production. Zero Dark Thirty’s Jessica Chastan and Tom Hiddleston (of Thor fame as Loki) team up with Charlie Hunnam from Sons of Anarchy and Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland and Jane Eyre) to bring a stunning gothic horror story to life. “In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds…and remembers.” The film is written and directed by Guillermo Del Toro, the guy who freaked out so many viewers with Pan’s Labyrinth back in 2006. Crimson Peak is slated to up fill the horror requirements for this October. See the trailer.
The most recent incarnation of D.H. Lawrence’s novel, Lady Chatterly’s Lover is a made for Television movie in the United Kingdom. It tells the tale of a husband who is rendered impotent due to injury and his wife whom loves him very much and the mutual arrangement they agree upon to fulfill her sexual desires. Richard Madden, who first shot to fame as Rob Stark in Game of Thrones and most recently Prince Charming in the live adaption of Cinderella plays the Lover of the title to Holliday Grainger’s (Lucrezia Borgia or more ironically the step-sister, Anastasia in the same live action Cinderella) “house wife.” Her husband is played by James Norton, who dually made an appearance in the movie Mr. Turner, with Timothy Spall. The television movie show debut sometime this year.
From the Best Seller List to the big screen comes The Light Between Oceans. “A lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia raise a baby they rescue from an adrift rowboat.” I am excited about this one as well, despite the fact, I have not read the book yet. Michael Fassbender plays the lead and the young gal who played Kitty in Anna Karenina plays opposite of Fassbender. Moreover Rachel Weisz will in this as well. It has been a while since I have seen her on the screen. Interesting side note, another plum role is given to a gal that plays in Slow West with Fassbender. Is it just me, or do certain actors always seem to end up in movies together? Especially, actors and actresses of period dramas. The movie should come out some time later this year, but it is not for certain.
Next year in May, 2016, Mia Wasikowska will be reprising her role as Alice for the next installment; Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass. The rest of the cast will be joining her for another romp including Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter and surprise, surprise Timothy Spall lends his voice to the production. It is said that Jard Leto’s band makes it on to the soundtrack for this film.
Lastly, The Greatest Showman on Earth looks to be an excellent movie to be released in December of 2016. P.T. Barnum is played, by none other, than the incomparable Hugh Jackman! Truly, this man can do it all. They should be filming some time this summer.
So which ones have whet your appetite? Me, I am curious about Turner, Light Between Oceans, and The Greatest Shownman on Earth!–However, more urgently, I am eager to see Far From the Madding Crowd come May!