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Just popped up on Netflix and as it's right up my street had to watch immediately!

A rework of Henry V and the battle of Agincourt. Not as stuffy as the Shakespearean version but true to life and gritty whilst retaining a believable view of life back then.

Would highly recommend if you like historical films that are not glossy and too Hollywood.

Lynibis
7 months ago
What do you think of this?
angemski
angemski7 months ago

Thank you - will go take a look. (even better for not being too pretty)

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig7 months ago

There is a new film out on prime about Robert the Bruce. Not watched it yet (we have lost the other remote. Probably under the sofa but we are both being stubborn and refusing to look! Reckon my husband will cave this afternoon and find it) but it is meant to be very good.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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7 months ago

At first I thought you meant the Chris Pine film, Outlaw King. But I see there is the new one you mention so will go for that next. I have read a trilogy of books about Robert and history has made him quite the hero.

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig7 months ago

Lynibis I've seen outlaw king which was good but there is another one. I studied Robert and William Wallace at university. They are both very misunderstood characters at times. I hate the film braveheart as it does not portray either of them well and is not historically accurate. Yet people think that is what they were like.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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7 months ago

MrsCraig I watched Braveheart when it first came out but could never watch again as I find the brutality hard to watch. Not in the way of mental issues, as in my other post, but I just can't stand watching such cruelty. With history I can consign it to the past but I cannot watch current films that show the brutality that still goes on in today's modern world.

I don't think film makers will ever get historical films totally accurate, Falstaff in The King was a fictional character from the mind of Shakespeare, but I think these films are a good way for less academic folk to learn some of the bare bones of history.

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig7 months ago

Lynibis I agree they won't get it 100% and they want it to be entertaining but the william Wallace of braveheart isn't any where close to who he actually was. The Robert the Bruce of outlaw king was really close though.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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7 months ago

Yes, I agree, MrsCraig. I remembered a lot from the books and was impressed with the accuracy. Lol, just seen an old thread resurrected where we are discussing Outlaw King!

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig7 months ago

Lynibis there was a very good programme on the BBC about Robert the Bruce, it was part of the clans series and it was very detailed and we watched it just before Outlaw king and I was also impressed with how accurate it was and how much they packed into such a short time.

I love discussing history, my husband and I do it often, as we both studied it at uni. Lots of history and RMPS discussions in our house!

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KirstyW
KirstyW7 months ago

This is definitely my sort of thing, love films and tv programmes about history.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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7 months ago

Well, if you haven't already, try Versailles, Outlander, Black Sails, Vikings, The Last Kingdom and The Tudors which is quite old now but good.

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KirstyW
KirstyW7 months ago

Lynibis I've heard of some of those, thank you for the tips

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angemski
angemski6 months ago

Lynibis I just got round to watching this one - thank you for the recommend, I really enjoyed it. It wasn't as I imagined and I felt that it was more about the progression of the man rather than his battles.

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Lynibis
Lynibis
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6 months ago

My boss loved it too, our tastes are very much the same, maybe cos we're both Librans!

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KirstyWhit29673
KirstyWhit296736 months ago

This is on my to-watch list. Good to see recommendations for it

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