Who doesn't love a good drama, as long as it is not dull as dirt. I always had a wish to play dress up and what better way than in some of these beautiful outfits the actresses got to wear, mind you, knowing my luck, I would be dressed as a washer woman. This week, it is all about Period Dramas over at Wandering Through The Shelves and there are a ton of period dramas so, without further adieu, here are my 3...
A period drama would not be right without a Greta Garbo film. She was one of the most famous film stars ever and simply known as Garbo. She started in silent films and was one of the last stars to transition to sound since she had a Swedish accent but she did well. This is considered one of her most famous roles as Camille, The doomed courtesan (aka high class hooker), who loves fine jewels and a good time until she meets the equally beautiful Armand, played by Robert Taylor. She, at first, toys with him but she succumbs to his ardent love and feels stronger being with him until his daddy comes a knockin' at the door unhappy with this arrangement. It is wonderfully acted, with some beautiful costumes and a great love story.
2. THAT HAMILTON WOMAN-1941
This film is also known as "Lady Hamilton" which stars Vivien Leigh and Lawrence Olivier who married when they were making this film. This film is done in flashback from the old eyes of Lady Hamilton, who talks about her famous and doomed love affair with Lord Horatio Nelson, the greatest Naval Hero from Great Britain. We see how they meet, fall in love and are separated by death. This is based on a true story about the famous love affair between Nelson and Lady Hamilton. As he continues to be glorified, she has faded into obscurity. She was loved by more than one man like George Romney, a famous artist.
3. GREAT EXPECTATIONS-1946
I have to see this wonderful film again based on the book of the same name by Charles Dickens. A young boy helps an escaped convict before he is captured again as well as falling for Estella who lives in this decaying mansion with the decaying Miss. Havisham. Miss. Havisham is the doomed old lady who lives in her wedding dress, jilted many years before at the altar, who teaches Estella to trust no man. As Pip grows up, he has a mysterious benefactor who helps Pip become a Gentleman getting all the best teachings. It is so well written and acted that only the English can do when it comes to a Dickens novel. I always wondered how smelly Miss Havisham must have been because...really! She must have been one truly crusty old broad and that is meant literally.
Which 3 would you choose?