Recently my husband and I were lamenting that there weren't any movies out that we were interested in renting - our form of date night since we have a small child. I decided to look up what's on Hollywood's docket for my favorite genre... Period Pieces. Here are the 5 I found that I'm most excited about... and they all happen to be female led, bonus!
5. Mary Magdalene - Starring Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, Chiwetel Ejiofor
When I was a kid, people always talked about Mary Magdalene in hushed whispers. The focus was always on the fact that she was a whore, not that she was friends with Jesus. When I grew up and learned about the new scholarship that paints her as a pivotal member of Jesus' group, I was hooked. I'm excited to see how this one plays out.
4. Vita and Virginia - Starring Elizabeth Debicki, Gemma Arterton, Isabella Rossellini
I'm just going to take this straight from IMDB because it does not get much better than this description. "The fascinating true story about the love affair between socialite and popular author Vita Sackville-West and literary icon Virginia Woolf." Here for it!
3. The Favourite - Starring Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone, Nicholas Hoult
Again, taking this from IMDB because it sounds too delicious. "A bawdy, acerbic tale of royal intrigue, passion, envy and betrayal in the court of Queen Anne in early 18th Century England." I hope this is also a book because this sounds like something I need to read stat.
2. Mary Queen of Scots - Starring Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan, David Tennant
This film is a straight up Period Piece detailing Mary Stewart's attempt to overthrow her cousin Queen Elizabeth 1 and her subsequent imprisonment. What has me really excited for this movie, however, is the cast. They could just have David Tennant play every character and I would be happy but I really enjoy both Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie. Cannot wait!
1. Colette - Starring Keira Knightley, Dominic West
This movie is on the top of my list because Keira Knightley is the reigning queen of recent Period Pieces and to be frank, this story has all the elements of good, steamy, historical drama. The movie is based on the life of Gabrielle Sidonie Colette who married a controlling Parisian man named Willy who was 14 years her senior. Her creativity flourished when he introduced her to the Bohemians of Paris, and recognizing her talent, convinced her to publish her writing under his name. Her "Claudine" series was so popular that she and her husband became the first modern celebrity couple. Increasingly frustrated by the lack of recognition, however, Colette began an affair with the Marquise de Belbeuf...a woman. This sounds incredible on every level.