Upcoming Period Dramas 2014: Belle & 12 Years a Slave

BELLE (2014)

‘Belle’ is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mabatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England (IMDB)

12 YEARS A SLAVE (2013)

Based on an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender), as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) will forever alter his life (IMDB)

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4 responses to “Upcoming Period Dramas 2014: Belle & 12 Years a Slave

  1. omg I am so excited to see these movies! esp. ‘belle’ as I am a hardcore lover of British period movies and books. It’s been so long since I last logged in to wordpress and when I logged in today, I scrolled down my wordpress reader hoping to see one or two period movie reviews from you and I wasn’t disappointed šŸ™‚

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    • Yay, I’m glad you dropped by! I do need to update more on period dramas. But yeah, I’m super excited to see ‘belle’ as well. Let me know your thoughts on the movie when you do watch it!

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  2. ebbs

    Hi first timer here. I absolutely love period pieces.
    I just recently watched A promise and it was so awesome. I havent watched belle nor have I watched La belle et la bete andI am so dying to watch them both. Am always searching for new pieces to watch and I found a few here thanks alott!!!! Smile šŸ™‚

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    • I just saw the trailer for A Promise! I didn’t even hear of this one until now! Can’t wait to watch it. I loved Rebecca Hall from Parade’s End.

      I still haven’t been able to watch Belle! Oh, the tragedy.

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