Click on Read More and the green links. Kwaidan Battle of Dan-no-ura, April 25, 1185; The Minamoto clan defeat the Taira Clan. (April 25th was also the date of the Portuguese “Carnation” revolution of 1974).
i’m trying to get a proper international spread; for history-based films from round the world, not just period fiction (which would get out of hand, and with which i’m being very selective, e.g Lucia, All Quiet on the Western Front, and the chronologically vague Ceddo).
The list is approximately in chronological order, for events depicted.
PEOPLE/EVENTS DESERVING DECENT FILM TREATMENT
Queen Tahm-Rayiš/Tamyris: defeated and killed Cyrus the Great
Archimedes of Syracuse (born 287 bc)
Hannibal of Carthage, who marched with elephants over the Pyrenees and Alps before victories over Rome in the 2nd Punic War-(i hear from Greg X there’s been an ok film Hannibal with Victor Mature, but anyway…his exploits fascinated me at school, he deserves the best)
Han dynasty in China, with the silk route and trade routes expanded
Nazca lines created in Peru, 400-650 AD
The Battle of Hastings, 1066; William the Conqueror becomes King of England
Suleiman the Magnificent, the Lawmaker, Sultan of the Ottoman empire from 1520
Jemima Nicholas who led a band of Welsh women in capturing the French in the last invasion of Britain, 1798
Betsi Cadwaladr and Mary Seacole, prominent nurses in the Crimean war (1854-6)
Alfred Russel Wallace, co-originator of theory of evolution by natural selection
Amalia Rodrigues, Portuguese fado singer (a recent film about her is apparently not up to scratch)
I’ll be interested to see Revolution: the Crossing of the Andes, as i was fascinated as a kid by José de San Martin’s crossing of the Andes in the quest to liberate the region from Spain.