Every month there are a slew of holidays and celebrations all over the world. Some are quite esoteric and peculiar and others are fun and random. This is all well and good, but how about honoring those businesses and inventions that have been around since the glorious Victorian and Edwardian eras? So here we are eight different businesses or inventions that began in March who are still going strong about 200 years later! If you are in possession of any of these items consider yourself practically Victorian! All pictures are linked to the shopping site, unless otherwise stated.
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One would hope from the popularity of the BBC’s Victoria television series more 19th century films would be in the works or at least close to completion to slack the public’s thirst for historical dramas, whether they be biographical or fictitious. Alas this does not seem to be the case. In fact, my list of upcoming viewing is rather far off. What is most peculiar is there seems to be quite a few debuting this year, but actual release dates are extremely difficult to come by. Ordinarily, I would only list eight shows or cinematic productions what were soon to debut; as in coming out in the next three months. I am only including four titles, which one does not have a definite opening slot. Perhaps in the next two months, the companies will have the courtesy to make an executive decision for debuting times.
Slated to debut on April 14th, Tommy’s Honour is the story of two timeless dynamic Toms in an intimate, powerfully moving tale of the real-life founders of the modern game of golf. Starring Sam O’Neil of Jurassic Park and The Horse Whisperer fame, Peter Mullan (War Horse) portraying the older Tom Morris, and rising Scottish star, Jack Lowden, last seen in the War and Peace Mini-Series, as the young Tommy Morris. In every generation, a torch passes from father to son.
Expected to be released in theaters on June 30, The Beguiled is a Western drama during the American Civil War. “While imprisoned in a Confederate girl’s boarding school, an injured Union solider cons his way into each of the lonely women’s hearts, causing them to turn on each other, and eventually on him. This is made entirely more believable with Colin Farrell cast as said soldier. Honestly! House hold names, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning are those lonely women the summary speaks of. To add even more interest to this film, Sofia Coppola adapted and directed it! As a Librarian, I have to add this a book adaption from the novel of the same name by Thomas Cullinan. The movie poster is just scrawling script of the title, to add intrigue, I used Colin Farrell’s best “Mr. Steal-Your-Girl” screen shot here.
My Cousin Rachel
Originally, this film was going to open in February, then it was pushed back to June and now it is moved to July 14th. My Cousin Rachel is a novel adaptation by the author Daphne du Maurier. It chronicles a young Englishman’s revenge plot against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms. Rachel Weisz stars in the titular role, with Sam Claflin (from the Hunger Game series) and Holiday Granger (made famous from her Lucrezia Borgia role) round out the cast.
Now for the thrilling television min-series that will debut sometime this year . . . Brought to you by the CDC and Netflix, Alias Grace is based on the true story of Grace Marks, a housemaid and immigrant from Ireland who was imprisoned in 1843, perhaps wrongly, for the murder of her employer Thomas Kinnear. Grace claims to have no memory of the murder yet the facts are irrefutable. A decade after, Dr. Simon Jordan tries to help Grace recall her past. Filmed in Canada, headed by Canadian actress Sarah Gadon (known for her role in the 2014 movie, Dracula), Zacharey Levi (whom we all fell in love with in Chuck series, but might be more wildly known as the voice and physical inspiration for Flynn Rider from Disney’s Tangled), and Edward Holcroft (previously seen in Kinsmen: The Secret Service and Wolf Hall). Anna Paquin makes an appearance. Yet another cinematic adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s book.
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So good news! And . . . erm . . . “kinda sorta not-really” good news. I have more updates on 19th century era films coming to the big and small screen. There are quite a few slated for 2017. There are many more lingering “in development.” I would prefer to present a list of the upcoming debuts for the first half of the year, but it is simply not meant to be. Since these television and movie posts are fewer and further between than anticipated (due to the dearth of accurate release dates and information), I am including movies and shows I missed on the last list. Some of these former presentations can be found on Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube. However, I always recommend asking your local librarian via a purchase request for the collection. The acquisitions librarian may not always fulfill the request depending on collection development criteria, but honestly, who does not love a costumed drama?!
Organized by their release date, unless otherwise noted, here are the top eight.
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It has been nearly five months since I have posted about up-coming movies and television shows with a 19th century inclination. I simply could not locate eight shows or films at the time. So today will be a little bit different with some retrospective listings that perhaps were missed previously. On the bright side, many of these programs are now available online for viewing! The timing for the actual release dates may be off, so I apologize before hand, since different media outlets claim conflicting reports. If anyone has their own personal review of a television show or cinematic film listed below, we would all love to hear it about in the comment section! If you have a tip off for upcoming performances that need extra attention, please email me at email@example.com and I shall include it on the next go ’round. I currently have a list of over 51 projects that are either in development or slated to premiere next year. Some of these will be spotlighted in December. Keep your eyes peeled!
The theater and opera were to the Victorians as movies are to the Modern citizen; a form of escapist entertainment. While many Moderns do not dress to the nines to attend a movie (unless it is a red carpet premiere), it is still an occasion, be it a date or simply a movie you have been eagerly anticipating. The best blend of old and new are modern films that take place in the 1800s.
To this end I am listing six up-coming 19th century flicks. This is a departure from the list of eight that I am known for. I do this movie round up post every other month. However, I’m starting to catch up with the list of what is coming out this year. There are over 30 Victorian-inspired works in Development, but have not progressed further along in the production process. Originally this movie news post stemmed from keeping abreast on Julian Fellowes new endeavor The Gilded Age; an American prequel to Downton Abbey.