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