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I am creating a course for my daughter where she can take the AP exam if she would like.  I am using this book (I need to read it over the summer).  Does anyone else have any books for movies that they recommend for this course?  Thanks!!


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Thank you so much for these resources. I think I will need to pull the material together over the summer too. Thank you Borninthesouth for the simple suggestion to read the book over the summer. This is where we always get stumbled. Chores kicks in and I am the one who is not following up with reading during the year. 

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  Date Film Notes Time    
  1492 1492:The Conquest of Paradise (1992) Ridley Scott Christopher Columbus, looks great, slow in parts 145 m    
  1526 Anne of a Thousand Days (1969) Charles Jarrott Political conniving, England, Henry VIII with wife trouble, girls like this one 145 m    
  1534 A Man For All Seasons (1966) Fred Zinnemann More English backstabbing politics, academy award winner 120 m    
  1550 Queen Margot (1994) Patrice Chereau Complex bloody French politics -- know the history 1st; NC-1 7 romance; subtitles 143 m    
  1558 Elizabeth (1998) Shekhar Kapur Cate Blanchett is great as the 'Virgin' Queen 124 m    
  1588 The Seahawk (1940) Michael Curtiz Swashbuckling classic, accurate view of privateers and Spanish/English tension; fun 127 m    
  1640 The Last Valley (1971) James Clavell Life during the Thirty Years' War; Michael Caine & Omar Shariff good; slow in parts 128 m    
  1660 Restoration (1994) Michael Hoffman Good look at English society in 1600s; Robert Downey excellent 118 m    
  1670 Girl with the Pearl Earring (2003) Peter Weber Good look at Dutch society in the 1600s; and at great art. Firth & Johansson romantic 100 m    
  1690 Rob Roy (1995) Michael Caton-]ones Scottish highlander battles for honor; Tim Roth a great bad guy 139 m    
  1700 Amadeus (1994) Milos Foreman Bio of Mozart, composer; a wild partyer, great music, great movie 158 m    
  1740 The Bounty (1994) Roger Donaldson Accurate tale of the famous mutiny, Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins 130 m    
  1760 Dangerous Liaisions (1988) Stephen Frears Decadant pre-Revolution France; Glenn Close & John Malkovic are evil; Michelle Phifer 119 m    
  1787 A Tale of Two Cities (1935) Jack Conway b&w; Dickens tale of the French Revolution, a true classic (get this version) 128 m    
  1790 Danton (1983) Andrzej Wajda foreign - subtitles, French Revolution intrigue; theatre-style 136 m    
  1789 The Madness of King George (1994) Nicholas Hytner Great period detail about British Monarch during American Revolution 107 m    
  1800 The Duelists (1977) Ridley Scott Period detail of Napoleonic era excellent; film is very arty and slow 101 m    
  1813 Sharpe's Company (1995) Tom Clegg Sean Bean as intense British officer in Spanish campaign; BBC-TV; best of 10 in the series 110 m    
  1815 Vanity Fair (2005) Mira Nair Reese Witherspoon is social climber in rigid British society 141 m    
  1815 Waterloo (1971) Sergei Bondarchuk Major battle scenes, slow start cool finish 123 m    
  1832 Les Miserables (1998) Bille August Hard times in Paris; Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush 134 m    
  1835 Oliver Twist (2005) Roman Polanski Hard life for the poor in London -- not the fun musical version 130 m    
  1858 The Mountains of the Moon (1990) Bob Rafelson English exploration of Africa, cool Victorian England stuff 135 m    
  1879 Zulu (1964) Cy Endfield Amazing battle between colonial Brits and Zulu warriors; accurate, Michael Caine cool 138 m    
  1905 Doctor Zhivago (1965) David Lean Sprawling epic covers three Russian Revolutions, WM, Civil War, and a grand romance 197 m    
  1915 Nicholas& Alexandra (1971) Franklin J. Schaffner Russian imperial family tale, 1905-17, solid but long 183 m    
  1915 Gallipoli (1981) Peter Weir WM; Mel Gibson; good, short, depressing - be sure you know the history 1st 110 m    
  1916 Paths of Glory (1957) Stanley Kubrick b&w; Kirk Douglas is cool; anti-war, short 86 m    
  1918 All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) Lewis Milestone b&w; from the book; old but pretty cool film - the 1979 remake is good too 133 m    
  1922 Michael Collins (1996) Neil Jordan Irish revolutionaries, questionable history but interesting period detail 132 m    
  1932 Indochine (1992) Regis Wargnier French colonial Vietnam; essentially a romance 155 m    
  1936 Burnt by the Sun (1994) Nikita Mikhalkov Russian life during Stalin's purges, foreign with subtitles 135 m    
  1940 The Battle of Britain (1969) Guy Hamilton WWII, air combat excellent, slow in parts 132 m    
  1940 Hope & Glory (1987) John Boorman Kid's life in London during the Blitz, excellent 113 m    
  1942 Das Boot (1981) Wolfgang Peterson German; U-Boats in WWII; excellent; avoid the directors cut 145 m    
  1942 The Diary of Anne Frank (1959) George Stevens b&w; Holocaust; from the book, well-loved film 170 m    
  1942 Schindler's List (1994) Steven Spielberg Holocaust, very intense, great movie but long 195 m    
  1943 Enemy at the Gates (2001) lean-Jaques Annaud Battle of Stalingrad, cool fighting, lame romance 131 m    
  1943 The Great Escape (1963) John Sturges Prison camp breakout, super film, long, Steve McQueen is the coolest guy ever 168 m    
  1944 The Longest Day (1962) Marten, Annakin, Wicki D-Day; John Wayne & cast of thousands, very accurate but long - for history buffs 180 m    
  1944 Saving Private Ryan (1998) Steven Spielberg D-Day and more. Caution: intense and realistic violence. Movie making genius 168 m    
  1944 The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) David Lean A classic movie, semi-accurate, slow in parts, Alec Guinness is great 161 m    
  1945 Downfall (2004) Oliver Hirschbiegel The final days inside Hitler's Berlin bunker complex 156 m    
  1951 The Quiet American (2002) Philip Noyce French Indochina War; collapsing colonialism; Michael Caine won an Oscar 101 m    
  1956 Battle of Algiers (1967) Gillo Pontecorvo b&w, subtitled, Documentary-style film of Algerian colonial revolt; quality history & film-making 125 m    
  1960 Dr. Strangelove, or… (1960) Stanley Kubrick Black comedy about cold war & brinkmanship, complex, know the 1950s 1st 93 m    
  1961 K-19 the Widowmaker (2002) Kathryn Bigelow Cold War submarine film; Soviet problems, Ford & Neeson with Russian accents (?) 138 m    
  1972 Bloody Sunday (2002) Paul Greengrass British & Irish clash in "the Troubles"; heavy accents might require subtitles 110 m    
  1995 Welcome to Sarajevo (1997) Michael Winterbottom Journalists trying to cover the Bosnian Crisis 103 m    
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