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    Favorite Historical Movies

    Please, post titles/info or links to good historical movies.
    Let's watch and learn.


    Britain AD
    http://www.youtube.com/results?searc...be.Ehve-b_QAD4
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    I like much of what Neil Oliver covers but I thought this one very good [ I hope the link works]


    A History of Celtic Britain.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwqjJn3IaoM

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    Wouldnt call it my "favorite" but def. one of the best docu. i have seen lately; concerning recent history;

    In the Year of the Pig (1968) - Vietnam War
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xdMiKYnCSQ


    ...and also this stuff about extraterrestrials; a true eye opener!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IABsBprJJPo

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    I don't know if you would count "Kingdom of Heaven" as a historical movie but nonetheless it was a pretty cool (and kinda accurate) depiction of the time of the Crusades.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Templar View Post
    I don't know if you would count "Kingdom of Heaven" as a historical movie but nonetheless it was a pretty cool (and kinda accurate) depiction of the time of the Crusades.
    No, I don`t know if it counts either Templar but it was certainly an excellent film with a great soundtrack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hope View Post
    No, I don`t know if it counts either Templar but it was certainly an excellent film with a great soundtrack.
    Oh yeah the soundtrack was indeed good. I hope they make more movies similar to it. I guess people tend to avoid that time period due to political correctness *facepalm*.

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    I know they weren't the most accurate,however Alexander the Great and Troia are some of my favourite films.

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    Valkyrie (2008) does a great job of bringing to light the German Resistance to Nazism. King Arthur (2004) for the most part showcases the world of 5th century Britain and the intersecting cultures of Romans, Britons, and Saxons.

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    Here is a very good four part natural history of Europe,narrated by Sean Pertwee.
    "Europe A Natural History" or in some countries it is titled "Wild Europe".


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bBw2ykSQRM

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    Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010) - Werner Herzog : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmlrbanPe-o

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    When I was very young in 1957 and 1958, my Irish grandmother had me watch the morning news show called Today with her. She was interested in the news from Algeria and Kenya.

    There were often stories about Oran and Constantine, but especially about Algiers.

    Battle of Algiers (1966)

    http://youtu.be/7bOr_U_92xE

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    La Guerre du Feu(Quest for Fire) by Jean-Jacques Annaud,and Apocalypto by Mel Gibson.

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    The Dark Ages.
    Well done and informative documentary.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phHjXyHXzkU

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    History of Atheism, with Anthony Miller
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVsb0lxv_Kg

    PS. I wish I could speak so eloquently, at least on occasions. :)

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    The History of God. BBC
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fx4m1SeQqmE



    A great documentary about evolution of God through ages, with well explained concepts and transformations of god's "character".
    A Complete History of God.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yzpaIrTFMc
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    It is more for science buffs. Amazing nevertheless, and good quality.

    The Story of Electricity.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhgo9fAlAQQ

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    BBC Battlefield Britain, rich in details and technicalities.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qiT3rIGq5k

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    I am not allowed to post links here yet, so I will write only the headline.

    The Odyssey movie. One of the best for me.

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    from an American perspective, Mel Gibson's "The Patriot" was a good movie. The location, the people who some of the main characters were based on, and how the events turned out were all based on real events that took place in the latter part of the American Revolution. I also like how the movie shows other historically accurate things of the time as well, like showing how some American Loyalists fought against their own neighbors during the war.

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    I thought this look at Roman life, presented by the wonderful Professor Mary Beard, was certainly worth the watch.

    Parts 1. 2.3.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWDkMMUzvqQ

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JFw8M4PBUI

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UvG0LDeYBA

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    Quote Originally Posted by hope View Post
    I thought this look at Roman life, presented by the wonderful Professor Mary Beard, was certainly worth the watch.

    Parts 1. 2.3.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWDkMMUzvqQ

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JFw8M4PBUI

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UvG0LDeYBA
    Thanks, loved that. Interesting, good quality, full of knowledge.

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    Life and Death in Herculaneum. In many aspects more interesting and better preserved than Pompeii.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzqDDP1M8ko

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeBrok View Post
    Life and Death in Herculaneum. In many aspects more interesting and better preserved than Pompeii.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzqDDP1M8ko
    Thanks...I don't know how I missed this one.

    Very moving picture of the humaneness of the people of Herculaneum, contrary to the lame comments of a youtube poster. (is that sort of redundant?) The two year old boy clutching his dog, the two women cradling the little girl with the silver hoop ear-rings, and the men guiding their women to what they hoped would be safety while braving the elements themselves all really got to me.

    It's also a lesson in how very wrong historians, archaeologists, and probably even, yes, geneticists, can be so total wrong. I argued vehemently with someone once that it was incomprehensible to me that a population living on the sea or so close to areas where even today hunting is ubiquitous would have subsisted on a mainly grains, fruit and vegetable diet. And here is the proof that, indeed, people in the Roman world, even humble people, had a very varied diet. The same kinds of proof are showing up in results from Roman military camps in Britain.

    For that matter, whole landscapes must have been deforested to produce the reams of paper that have been dedicated to the now obviously incorrect theory that the ancient Greeks and Romans chose to leave their marble statues white because of some aesthetic choice, or that their buildings were some monument to the purity of white marble.

    The Parthenon as it probably actually appeared:
    http://www.midwestmodel.com/pagesroo...&ProjectId=352

    I couldn't find a really good virtual reality clip for Herculaneum, but this short one of a home in Pompeii is lovely:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfG2Eb4hcik


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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela View Post
    Thanks...I don't know how I missed this one.

    Very moving picture of the humaneness of the people of Herculaneum, contrary to the lame comments of a youtube poster. (is that sort of redundant?) The two year old boy clutching his dog, the two women cradling the little girl with the silver hoop ear-rings, and the men guiding their women to what they hoped would be safety while braving the elements themselves all really got to me.
    I'm glad they didn't narrate it for too long, my heart was getting weird (for a man) and I started rubbing my eyes.

    It's also a lesson in how very wrong historians, archaeologists, and probably even, yes, geneticists, can be so total wrong. I argued vehemently with someone once that it was incomprehensible to me that a population living on the sea or so close to areas where even today hunting is ubiquitous would have subsisted on a mainly grains, fruit and vegetable diet. And here is the proof that, indeed, people in the Roman world, even humble people, had a very varied diet. The same kinds of proof are showing up in results from Roman military camps in Britain.
    Seems like coastal people had always much better diet.

    For that matter, whole landscapes must have been deforested to produce the reams of paper that have been dedicated to the now obviously incorrect theory that the ancient Greeks and Romans chose to leave their marble statues white because of some aesthetic choice, or that their buildings were some monument to the purity of white marble.
    I must say I was nicely surprised.

    I couldn't find a really good virtual reality clip for Herculaneum, but this short one of a home in Pompeii is lovely:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfG2Eb4hcik
    Just connect it to electrical grid and I'm ready to move in, lol.

    I was hugely surprised how sophisticated plumbing was. And it was real plumbing made of lead, plumbium. Well not very healthy by our modern standards but amazing technology nevertheless.

    Other thing what hit me is the amount of freed slaves, who became citizens and then some of them made a fortune and build great villas in the city. Makes me think that Rome had a vibe of "American Dream" sort of place, from rugs to riches.

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    Mel Gibson has had a few mentions on this thread... but if we're talking about historical movies I'm surprised nobody picked Braveheart.

    On a serious note... these aren't movies, but anything by Lindybeige on youtube is usually pretty entertaining (and accurate). Also Joe Rogan's podcast has some interesting guests (Graham Hancock is refreshingly out-of-the-box) that talk about history and genetics-- also found on youtube.

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