As Vic­to­ria and Ab­dul and The Lime­house Golem ar­rive in UK cin­e­mas, what’s your favourite film about the Vic­to­ri­ans and why?

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John Dakin The Charge of the Light

Brigade – the Tony Richard­son film ( 1968), not the Michael Cur­tiz one. A bril­liant satire, very much of its time, of the 1850s army and that fa­mous charge, with won­der­ful per­for­mances ( John Giel­gud, Mark Dig­nam, Trevor Howard, Harry An­drews, David Hem­mings, and oth­ers) and an­i­ma­tions. Bri­tish films had bite in those days

Denise Hansen The French

Lieu­tenant’s Woman. Vis­ually stun­ning and it in­spired me to visit Lyme Regis Delia Mart­land Bro­ken Blos­soms, star­ring Lil­lian Gish Mark James Har­ri­son Cap­tain Boy­cott, with Ste­wart Granger God­frey Rus­sell Zulu, show­ing Bri­tish re­silience, grit and de­ter­mi­na­tion against over­whelm­ing odds. The Vic­to­ri­ans seemed to be­lieve noth­ing was be­yond them and the leaps for­ward in all fields, in­clud­ing sci­ence and arts, were en­thu­si­as­ti­cally em­braced @ Om­brett09059453 Mrs Brown, be­cause it shows a dif­fer­ent, more down-to- earth side of Queen Vic­to­ria, and also be­cause I love Judi Dench and Billy Con­nolly Michelle Haynes Bram Stoker’s

Drac­ula – prob­a­bly be­cause it is just one of my favourite books, Vic­to­rian or oth­er­wise… @lau­ra_ grande13 If minis­eries count, I’d say North and South. The cast, cos­tumes, cin­e­matog­ra­phy and sound­track all do jus­tice to El­iz­a­beth Gaskell’s novel. Erin Fer­gu­son From Hell, with Johnny Depp and Ian Holm – one of many things that in­spired my love of his­tory and made me ap­pre­ci­ate the proper study of his­tory and his­tori­cism @ an­glosax­on­logic It’s got to be Zulu, star­ring Michael Caine. Truly a spec­tac­u­lar film demon­strat­ing the power and vul­ner­a­bil­ity of em­pire @JonathanEl­lis5 Moby Dick ( 1956) – a warn­ing against los­ing your soul

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