Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Top Ten Favorite Movies Set in the 1910s
Below is my current list of favorite movies set in the 1910s:
TOP TEN FAVORITE MOVIES SET IN THE 1910s
1. "Mary Poppins" (1964) - Walt Disney personally produced this Oscar winning musical adaptation of P.L. Travers' book series about a magical nanny who helps change the lives of a Edwardian family. Directed by Robert Stevenson, the movie starred Oscar winner Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke.
2. "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines" (1965) - Ken Annakin directed this all-star comedy about a 1910 air race from London to Paris, sponsored by a newspaper magnate. Stuart Whitman, Sarah Miles, James Fox and Terry-Thomas starred.
3. "Titanic" (1953) - Barbara Stanwyck and Clifton Webb starred in this melodrama about an estranged couple and their children sailing on the maiden voyage of the R.M.S. Titanic. Jean Negulesco directed.
4. "Eight Men Out" (1988) - John Sayles wrote and directed this account of Black Sox scandal, in which eight members of the Chicago White Sox conspired with gamblers to intentionally lose the 1919 World Series. John Cusack, David Strathairn and D.B. Sweeney starred.
5. "A Night to Remember" (1958) - Roy Ward Baker directed this adaptation of Walter Lord's book about the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic. Kenneth More starred.
6. "Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang!" (1968) - Dick van Dyke and Sally Ann Howes starred in this excellent and musical adaptation of Ian Fleming's 1964 novel, "Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car". The movie was directed by Ken Hughes.
6. "The Shooting Party" (1985) - Alan Bridges directed this adaptation of Isabel Colegate's 1981 novel about a group of British aristocrats who have gathered for a shooting party on the eve of World War I. James Mason, Edward Fox, Dorothy Tutin and John Gielgud starred.
7. "The Music Man" (1962) - Robert Preston and Shirley Jones starred in this film adaptation of Meredith Wilson's 1957 Broadway musical about a con man scamming a small Midwestern town into providing money for a marching band. Morton DaCosta directed.
8. "My Fair Lady" (1964) - Oscar winner George Cukor directed this Best Picture winner and adaptation of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Lowe's 1956 Broadway musical about an Edwardian phonetics professor who sets out to transform a Cockney flower girl into a respected young lady to win a bet. Audrey Hepburn and Oscar winner Rex Harrison starred.
9. "Paths of Glory" (1957) - Stanley Kubrick directed this adaptation of Humphrey Cobb's anti-war novel about a French Army officer who defends three soldiers who refused to participate in a suicidal attack during World War I. Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou and George Macready starred.
Honorable Mention: "Somewhere in Time" (1980) - Jeannot Szwarc directed this adaptation of Richard Matheson's 1975 time travel novel called "Bid Time Return". Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour and Christopher Plummer starred.