Historical Drama Essay Examples and Topics

Analysis: “City of Sadness” by Dir. Hou Hsiao-Hsien

Introduction Movies and films form an integral part of people’s normal living. Central to their fundamentalism, especially in shaping the social life of human beings, several studies have continuously concentrated on major film metrics including examining the historical significance, cultural phenomena, and filmmaking techniques incorporated in such movies. Several traditional movies and other recent movies […]

Angels and Insects by A.S. Byatt

Literature plays key roles in shaping, informing and educating the public on the importance of morals and warning people against evil activities. However, despite these differences writers strive to pass their messages to the audience through all ways possible. This discussion involves an analysis of “Angels and Insects” by A. S. Byatt. This discussion will […]

“The Last Emperor”

The film “The Last Emperor” is a 160 minutes movie produced in 1987 by Jeremy Thomas and directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. From the film, Pu Yi was a young boy of three years when he first ascended the Dragon Throne as the ruler of Chinese empire, and seven years of age when he gave up […]

Battleship Potemkin: An Important Contribution to World Cinema

Introduction Battleship Potemkin is a silent film that was produced in the year 1925 and which was directed by Sergei Eisenstein and produced by Mosfilm. It is a dramatization of a mutiny that took place in 1905 against the officers of the tsarist regime in a Russian battleship known as Potemkin. The film is perceived […]

Grey Zone by Tim Blake Nelson

Grey Zone is a film by the director Tim Blake Nelson (2001). The plot of the film is based partially on Miklos Nyiszli’s Auschwitz: a Doctor’s Eyewitness Account (who was a Jew working as a doctor in camp and assisted Mengele during the experiments on cam prisoners) and on diaries found buried in the cam […]

Europa Europa: Film Studies

Introduction Europa Europa is a 1990 movie outlining the autobiography of Solomon Perel, a Jew who lived in Germany during the reign of Hitler and managed to survive the persecutions of the Nazis. Directed by Agnieszka Holland in German language, this chef-d’oeuvre portrays Solomon as a Hitler boy though he was a Jew. In 1938 […]

The Battle of Algiers

The Major Arguments of the Film Among the major arguments brought forward by the film, “The Battle of Algiers” of 1966 by Gillo Pontecorvo is that winning a war depends on strategies and tactics as well as. Freund (2) argues that although the French were tactful, they failed to quell the insurgency by the National […]

Chinese Culture in Movie “Raise the Red Lantern” by Zhang Yimou

Chinese culture is one of the most ancient and unique cultures that exist in the modern world and can be thought of as a continuation of an ancient civilization. The traditional beliefs, norms and separation of gender roles have been always prevalent. For a long time, there has been a gender difference between men and […]

City of Sadness

Introduction City of sadness is a film that was released in 1989 and was directed by Hou Hsiao Hsien. The film represents historical and political situation that Taiwanese faced after end of the Second World War. The film is accredited for its unique approach of engaging public in comprehension of 228 Incident, which impacted negatively […]

Analysis of Inherit the Wind Film

Introduction Inherit the wind is a Hollywood film produced in 1960 following inherit the wind play. The movie is an allegory that fictionalizes the 1925 Scopes Money Trial. This is aimed at criticizing McCarthyism. The movie reacted to the chilling outcome of the McCarthy period, which entailed an examination of the academic discourse. The movie […]

The Battle of Algiers

The movie “The Battle of Algiers” is a war film that depicts events that took place during the Algerian war. It is considered as one of the most important chronicles of the guerilla warfare in North Africa. A unique style effects as well as spectator visual effects are employed in this film that makes the […]

Critical Analysis of Elizabeth I

Introduction This paper presents a critical analysis of the movie “Elizabeth I “produced by Shekhar Kapur, 1998 in UK (Kapur 2005). The film is also known as “The Virgin Queen”. It is imperative to note that the movie portrays the early years and reign of Queen Elizabeth I (Kapur 2005). The author of this movie […]

The Movie “Thirteen Days” and Example of an Effective Leader

Leadership is an integral part of any organization. Leadership is needed in homes, schools, companies and government. The lack of quality leadership in all sectors of society can easily mean failure and the emergence of problems that can lead to poverty, anarchy, and a sense of hopelessness (Manning & Curtis, 2003, p.5). It is therefore […]

Film Report on ‘The Lion in winter’ by Anthony Harvey

Introduction Steered by Anthony Harvey and composed by Joseph E. Levine, the 1968 celluloid, The Lion in the Winter, is a ‘must watch’ chef-d’oeuvre, set in the 12th century and relatable to those who claim to be devotees of the history of politics. It pictures the notion shared by many leaders that, once they enter […]

Film Report on Classical Movie Alexander the Great by Robert Rossen

The classic film, Alexander the Great (1956), follows the life of Alexander the Great, a successful military commander of all time who had conquered most of the known world by the time of his death at only thirty-three years. Written, directed, and produced by Robert Rossen, the ambitious film tells of how Alexander managed to […]

Film Report on Marie Antoinette film by Norma Shearer

Marie Antoinette is a chef-d’oeuvre film that chronicles Stefan Zweig’s 1933 bio of the doomed Austrian born Queen of France, Marie Antoinette. At a very tender age of 15 years, Marie Antoinette becomes the Queen of France but not without weathering the perfidious systems of the Versailles Court. This film cuts across Marie Antoinette’s youth, […]

Munich: The Ethical Aspects of Revenge

The film Munich directed by Steven Spielberg is aimed at exploring the ethical aspects of revenge. It should be noted that the authors of the movie focus on the military operation known as Wrath of God. It was supposed to be the retribution against people to kidnapped Israeli athletes and later killed them. One can […]

Historical Film Review: Schindler’s List

The film Schindler’s List tells the story of a famous German entrepreneur Oskar Schindler who saved the lives of many Polish Jews during the Holocaust. This movie was produced and directed by Steven Spielberg. Its plot is derived from the novel Schindler’s Ark written by Thomas Keneally[1]. It was released in 1993, and since that […]

Glory (1989)

Glory is a movie that represents a celebration regarding a bravery act witnessed in the course of the Civil War. The movie depicts the way members of a battalion treated one another because of racial segregation. Furthermore, the leaders of the regiment treated members differently depending on their race. The members of the “54th Regiment […]

Raise the Red Lantern

Raise the Red Lantern directed by Yimou Zhang is full of symbolism as many other Chinese films. The director employs a variety of tools to convey such ideas as freedom and dependence, doom and luck, friendship and betrayal, life and death. The sequence under analysis reveals the protagonist of the film, Songlian, who witnesses the […]

Chinese Interpretation of Various Aspects of Life through the Film titled Red Cliff

The ancient Chinese film titled Red Cliff showcases Chinese epic war. The film’s concepts were borrowed from the battle of red cliffs and occurrences, which took place during the final stages of Han Dynasty. In addition, the film was produced just before the emancipation of the famous Chinese three kingdoms. The film symbolizes the Chinese […]

No One Is Perfect

Introduction All human beings have their own weaknesses which affect their daily lives. This is depicted in the movie ‘The King’s Speech’ which depicts how Bertie, a British prince, struggles with stuttering. Bertie is depicted as having a low self confidence, “If we were equals, I wouldn’t be here. I’d be at home with my […]

Up from Slavery, Down to the Ground: Sailing Amistad. A

It is hard to pin down why historical movies are so hard to shoot. Whether it is the conflict of a desire to both stay true to the source material and at the futile attempts to whitewash the history, or simply the inability to depict every single historical event without adding here and there generic […]

Flags of Our Fathers

Introduction War can be associated with hell. Tagging one as a hero is not what makes him/her a true hero. Proper heroes have no thoughts of being as such. In addition, heroes do not earn the tag as they are supposed to in accordance with the World War II Marines in the renowned flag hoisting […]

The Historical Drama “Thirteen Days”

Introduction Thirteen Days is a movie that dramatize inside dealings at the White House during the confrontations between the two world superpowers at that time; the United States and the Soviet Union, who were currently involved in the ongoing Cold War. These confrontations were known as the Cuban Missile Crisis, and characterized the hot peace […]

Sometime in April: Summary and Analysis of the Movie

Sometime in April is a film that narrates about events that took place in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. Rwanda is a small country in Africa that has two tribes, Hutus and Tutsis. When the Belgians left Rwanda, power was left to the Hutus who were the majority. When the Belgians were in this country, […]

There Will Be Blood

The film ‘There Will Be Blood’ by Anderson presents various themes among them capitalism, greed, hatred, revenge and godlessness. However, the title of the film summarizes its most important concerns. Daniel Plainview is prevents the hero in the film from succeeding and later becomes lonely, a factor that ends the film tragically. This essay analyzes […]

Film Analysis-Danton

Danton is a famous film that was directed by Andrzej Wajda. It was created in France after authorities in Poland closed down studios belonging to Wajda on allegations that he was sympathizing with trade unions. The political events that took place during this period of time influenced him greatly as portrayed in the film. The […]

Mencius’ and Hsun Tzu’s view of Human Nature

One will not be far off the mark by stating that there has never been any film that explicitly depicts both sides of the human nature better than ‘Schindler’s List’. In the film, the grotesque and satanic are embodied by Goeth while the noble and self- sacrificing are personified by Schindler. The film Schindler’s List […]

The King’s Speech

The film, The King’s Speech (Hooper) is a story filled with intricate anti-stereotypic images and paradigm shifts within a larger plot of the British royal family. It is set in the period when Britain went to war with Germany. Albert, the Duke of York, who will later inherit the throne as King George VI, has […]

Human Rights in the Movie Escape From Sobibor

Primary Source In the movie Escape from Sobibor, the theme of violation of human rights has clearly been displayed. The movie was about a German Death camp which aimed at killing as many Jews as possible and as quick as possible. These camps were created during the Second World War following the Wanssee Conference of […]