Scorsese’s Gangs of New York may seem too contemporary a film to qualify as a worthwhile epic for consideration here, but its scope is incredibly impressive. Beyond the enormous battles and overwhelming Shakespearian themes, the movie ends with a time-elapsed 140-year evolution of New York City. That’s a period setting and a half!
Resurrection should be here as well as
The Kings Speech.
The real miss is somehow having so many films about Roman Republic/Empire, and somehow miss Cleopatra. That's a Hollywood Lush Budget Period Piece bar none, and the making of it is a period piece of 1960's A-list Hollywood itself.
Pick one Godfather and replace it with Cleopatra = Much better list.
Wonderful Cinematography, great cast, awful movie.
Walked out after viewing about 50%, need I say more?
Good list but, for me, missing a few... Rob Roy, raise the red lantern, master and commander, glory, angels and insects, impromptu, amadeus, cinema paradisio, pale rider, the big red one, I include these last two because I believe that they are more important as period pieces than as western or war pictures.
With 300: Rise of an Empire in theaters Friday, it's time to comb through the history books and pluck out the events...
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