Thursday, November 19, 2009

Time For My Drama Marathon!

Every once and awhile, I need a fix of drama.  If you are in the mood for movies that are pure period masterpieces filled with betrayal, seduction, love, fetching costumes and breathtaking locations — then look no further, you will not be able to tear yourself away.  Of course, I cannot leave out the incredible acting.  Speaking of the actors, if the pictures of these Gentlemen below don't get you to seek out these films ~ then watch these period pieces for their excellent portrayal of a different time...
Meet the handsome bad boy, Alec D'Urberville played by Hans Matheson in Tess of the D'Urbervilles...
*He also plays in Dr. Shivago with Kiera Knightly, The Tudors*
Tess Durbyfield played by Gemma Arterton

North and South
You are going to love the intense and passionate Mr. Thornton played by Richard Armitage.

North and South is an excellent period drama.  This is one of my all time favorites.

Pride and Prejudice
The dashing, devoted Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy played by Colin Firth (don't miss his wet shirt scene).  Lizzie played by Jennifer Ehle.  This is the best Pride and Prejudice version by far.  I enjoy watching this movie again and again.

Little Dorrit
Kind and generous Arthur Clennam played by Mathew Macfadyen

Little Dorrit played by Claire Foy

Lost in Austen
This is a great series that takes a different twist on the Mr. Darcy saga.  A modern version.  I enjoyed it very much.  

{Honorable mention}

I have to mention these two French subtitled movies.  Love, love, love them.

Oliver Martinez is beautiful in this movie.

I also recommend these excellent series:

I have watched all of these movies and more, I am sure I am leaving some out by accident or loss of memory capacity!  I have to warn you though, most of these are "series" and add up to many hours on the dvd's.  I usually sit down to watch one episode, and cannot stop and watch them all in one sitting.  Of course, this list has been compiled from many years!  This is not all I do!  However, I am obsessed with period drama's and it is one of my favorite things "to do".  So, clear some time, get out your favorite blanket, snuggle up with fresh popped pop corn, invite a friend over, and prepare to be dazzled by these talented actors and superb plots.
So happy to introduce these to you.
Enjoy! Let me know if you watch any of them.

~ jamilyn~

*images from BBC, Masterpiece Theatre,Amazon,Face book.  You can buy these series on*

11 wonderful comments:

the gardeners cottage said...

Thanks for the tips. I've seen a few but am looking forward to checking out some of the others. One of my all time favorite period movies is The Remains of the Day. Of course there are many others but that is one of my favorites, for the acting and sets.


A Country Farmhouse said...

Thanks for the recommendations - I LOVE period pieces! Have you seen, "Tous Les Matins du Monde?" It's "All the Mornings of the World" and it's one of my favorites. Beautiful soundtrack as the love story is based around the viola da gamba (cello). xoxoTrina

my favorite and my best said...

great post!! i am smitten with that matthew mcfayden...he is delicious. i think i could listen to him talk all day long...naked of course.

Tracey said...

Hi Jamilyn! WOW so many great recommendations...I need them because I am the one who stands at the movie store and never knows what to get (there are so many crummy movies out there that being disappointed with our selection has become standard). Pride and Predjudice is one of my all time favorite books and there are so many good movie versions out there as well...but I really haven't seen any of your other recommendations...but I look forward to getting them!

:) T

nkp said...

I'd forgotten about North and South. That was such a great series. Seems like forever ago!

LindsB said...

Pride and Prejudice is a great movie, such a classic!

paula said...

it seems I have some movie watching to catch up on:)

Alaina @ Live Creating Yourself said...

Obviously Colin Firth MADE the Mr. Darcy, but I was so impressed with how Matthew MacFayden took on the role opposite Keira Knightley. His awkward nervousness around Elizabeth made him that much more lovable, whereas Firth's was a bit more rigid and self-righteous. I do love these guys...

Jeremy Northam as Mr. Knightley is pretty wonderful, also. It's the only reason I watch it. Emma is my least favorite Austen heroine.

Living It At Home said...

I agree, Alaina,that Mathew MacFayden was excellent as Mr. Darcy...I forgot about that. That version was good too. Colin Firths intensity just appealed to me! Don't know why!!!!

Thank you everyone for your input and suggestions! Love hearing from everyone~ jamilyn

red ticking said...

thank you for the movie rec... i love your blog... used to live in boston and sure do miss it... have a wonderful weekend. x pam

Lauren said...

oh i have to bookmark this!!! can't wait to check the new ones out!!!!!