Monday, December 28, 2009

Monday Movie Meme -- Historical Films

Share on your blog those movies that take place in the past, covering a specific period in style or subject, and link back here at The Bumbles. And don't forget to visit your fellow participants!

All The President's Men
(1976). Is it paranoia if there really are dark forces conspiring to corrupt the government? This movie takes us back to a critical loss of innocence, when we saw how rotten the Watergate apple really was, and in many ways we still haven't recovered from the resulting cynicism.

The Diary of Anne Frank (1959). There have been movies more graphic about the Holocaust, but for me, this is the most moving because it makes the claustrophobia and the unfairness and the horror so much more personal.

Gone with the Wind (1939). This MGM epic takes us back to the Civil War and the Reconstruction as seen through the eyes of socially-prominent (if no longer wealthy) Southerners. Aside from being a glorious example of cinematic storytelling, and a terrific tale of love and loss, it unintentionally tells us almost as much about the 1930s as it does the 1860s. MGM's POV seems to be, "slavery wasn't THAT bad, and 'damn' is a controversial oathe but the 'n' word is acceptable.'"


  1. Some excellent pics! Enjoy your trip to Key West!

  2. I cant believe I have not seen the Diary of Anne I need to check it out :)

  3. you picked some good ones--I enjoyed all three. Kaye—the road goes ever ever on

  4. Gone With The Wind= best movie ever.

  5. I don't think I even knew about the Anne Frank film. Of course her diary haunts me still. So the movie should be a must.

    Love love loved GWTW - we saw it in the theater when they re-released it 10 years or so ago - what a treat that was!

    Enjoy your own treat of a trip to Key West. Hear from you when you return.