The King (2019)

Introduction The King is a 2019 epic war film directed by David Michôd, based on several plays from William Shakespeare’s Henriad. The film focuses on the rise of Henry V as king after his father dies as he also must navigate palace politics, the war his father left behind, and the emotional strings of his… Read More

Ivan the Terrible (2014)

Introduction This documentary focuses on tempestuous 16th-century Czar Ivan IV, whose vision and ruthlessness expanded the size, power and culture of Russia. Outline Orphaned in his childhood and treated abusively by higher-ranking Boyars, Tzar Ivan was a mercurial ruler who committed his first murder at the age of 13 and was feared for his random… Read More

Viva Zapata! (1952)

Introduction Viva Zapata! is a 1952 American Western film directed by Elia Kazan and starring Marlon Brando. The screenplay was written by John Steinbeck, using Edgcomb Pinchon’s 1941 book Zapata the Unconquerable as a guide. The cast includes Jean Peters and, in an Academy Award-winning performance, Anthony Quinn. The film is a fictionalized account of… Read More

Persona Non Grata (2015)

Introduction Persona Non Grata (杉原千畝 スギハラチウネ, Sugihara Chiune) is a 2015 Japanese biographical drama film directed by Cellin Gluck. It depicts the life of Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara who was appointed a vice-consul and later a consul in Lithuania and served there from 1939 to 1940 and who saved lives of some 6,000 Jewish refugees… Read More

Wyszynski: Zemsta Czy Przebaczenie (2021)

Introduction Wyszynski: Zemsta czy Przebaczenie is a 2021 Polish biographical film by director Also known as Powstanie kardynala (working title, Poland). Outline This film tells the story lieutenant Stefan Wyszynski (Ksawery Szlenkier) – the future Primate of Poland, unknown to a wider audience. It is 1944, in the heat of war, we meet a young… Read More

Unbroken: Path to Redemption (2018)

Introduction Unbroken: Path to Redemption is a 2018 American Christian drama film directed by Harold Cronk, and acts as a sequel to the 2014 film Unbroken, although Legendary Pictures was not involved and none of the original cast or crew returns except the producer Matthew Baer, and actors Vincenzo Amato and Maddalena Ischiale. The film… Read More

Unbroken (2014)

Introduction Unbroken is a 2014 American biographical sports action drama war film produced and directed by Angelina Jolie and written by the Coen brothers, Richard LaGravenese, and William Nicholson. It is based on the 2010 non-fiction book by Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. The film stars Jack… Read More

In Search of the Dark Ages (1981): S02E04 – In Search of William the Conqueror

Introduction In Search of the Dark Ages is a BBC television documentary series, written and presented by historian Michael Wood, first shown between 1979 and 1981. It comprises eight short films across two series, each focusing on a particular character from the history of England prior to the Norman Conquest, a period popularly known as… Read More

In Search of the Dark Ages (1981): S02E03 – In Search of Ethelred the Unready

Introduction In Search of the Dark Ages is a BBC television documentary series, written and presented by historian Michael Wood, first shown between 1979 and 1981. It comprises eight short films across two series, each focusing on a particular character from the history of England prior to the Norman Conquest, a period popularly known as… Read More