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A historical period drama is a work of art set in, or reminiscent of, an earlier time period. The term is usually used in the context of film and television. It is an informal crossover term that can apply to several genres but is most often heard in the context of historical fiction and romances, adventure films, and swashbucklers. The implication is that the audience is attracted as much by the lavish costumes as by the content. In the performing arts, a period piece is a work set in a particular era. This informal term covers all countries, all periods and all genres.

  • 1:34:34 Popular 6 Days (2017)

    6 Days (2017)

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    In April 1980, armed gunmen stormed the Iranian Embassy in Princes Gate, London and took all inside hostage. Over the next six days a tense standoff took place, all the while a group of highly trained soldiers from the SAS prepared for a raid the world ha

  • 1:57:44 Popular BBC Two: The Legacy of Lawrence of Arabia (2010)

    BBC Two: The Legacy of Lawrence of Arabia (2010)

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    In the First World War, TE Lawrence helped to unite feuding Arab tribes into a formidable guerrilla army which helped to topple the Ottoman Empire. But today Lawrence has an extraordinary new relevance. Hisexperiences of defeating a foreign military occup

  • 3:40:23 Elizabeth I (2005)

    Elizabeth I (2005)

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    the public and private lives of the later years of Queen Elizabeth I.

  • 2:42:50 Muhammad: The Messenger of God (2015)

    Muhammad: The Messenger of God (2015)

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    Abu Sofyan tells Abu Thalib, Muhammad's uncle, that in the upcoming morning he wants to kill the holy prophet of Islam and Muslims, who are in boycott. Abu Thalib remembers the past years when Abraha charges ahead Mecca to ruin the house of God. but by Go

  • 3:02:58 Андрей Рублев / Andrei Rublev (1966)

    Андрей Рублев / Andrei Rublev (1966)

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    Andreiv Rublev charts the life of the great icon painter through a turbulent period of 15th Century Russian history, a period marked by endless fighting between rival Princes and by Tatar invasions. An expansive Russian drama, this film focuses on the lif

  • 2:06:23 Airlift (2016)

    Airlift (2016)

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    It is in this scenario that Ranjit Katyal (played by Akshay Kumar), a wealthy and powerful Indian businessman, who has always seen himself as a Kuwaiti, rather than an Indian, realizes that he no longer wields any influence on the Iraqis, and that he and

  • 1:42:35 300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

    300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

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    After its victory over Leonidas' 300, the Persian Army under the command of Xerxes marches towards the major Greek city-states. The Democratic city of Athens, first on the path of Xerxes' army, bases its strength on its fleet, led by admiral Themistocles.

  • 1:56:38 300 (2006)

    300 (2006)

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    In the Battle of Thermopylae of 480 BC an alliance of Greek city-states fought the invading Persian army in the mountain pass of Thermopylae. Vastly outnumbered, the Greeks held back the enemy in one of the most famous last stands of history. Persian King

  • 1:42:55 Egymásra Nézve / Another Way (1982)

    Egymásra Nézve / Another Way (1982)

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    Political and sexual repression in Hungary, just after the revolution of 1956. In 1958, the body of Eva Szalanczky, a political journalist, is discovered near the border. Her friend Livia is in hospital with a broken neck; Livia's husband, Donci, is under

  • 1:36:39 Al Doilea Joc / The Second Game (2014)

    Al Doilea Joc / The Second Game (2014)

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    Filmmaker Corneliu Porumboiu discusses a snowy soccer match from 1988 with his father, who was the head referee for the game.

  • 2:14:10 12 Years a Slave (2013)

    12 Years a Slave (2013)

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    Based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty personified by a malevolent slave

  • 3:25:49 JFK (1991)

    JFK (1991)

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    On November 22, 1963, president John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas. Lee Harvey Oswald is arrested for the crime and subsequently shot by Jack Ruby, supposedly avenging the president's death. An investigation concludes that Lee Harvey Oswald and Jac

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