Theme Month! December 2022: Historically Accurate

Well, we’re nearing the end of the month and the year here at Movies Silently and the theme was Historically Accurate. I reviewed movies that attempted to entertain and educate simultaneously, with varying degrees of success.

We opened with The Assassination of the Duke of Guise, a 1908 French production that featured an original score by Camille Saint-Saëns and very rousing it was too. The events portrayed were among the most important in the history of the French monarchy, bringing about the House of Bourbon.

We headed to lighter territory with The First Auto (1927), a lightweight nostalgia fest with special attention to the cars of the good old days of the 1890s and 1900s. The picture made a little history of its own as it was released with one of Warner Bros. early synchronized scores.

Then off to the American Revolution with Betsy Ross (1917), a heavily romanticized tale of love and flag-making in Boston. The film simultaneously strove for accuracy and legend.

Finally, we covered Kean (1910), a Danish biopic of the legendary English stage star. While it lacks the fireworks of the more famous twenties version of Edmund Kean’s life, there is still plenty of historical meat on those bones.

I hope you enjoyed the reviews, I certainly enjoyed writing them. See you next year!

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