One is bound to develop a deeper sense of appreciation for movies based in a different period of time simply for the visible effort put in them. Recreating a specific period in time, now long gone, especially if it’s through props and sets and not special effects, is a mammoth task for the entire team, including the production designers, art directors and even the writers, for they are the ones who decide how the setting is going to be exploited to best effect. What’s more is that recreating virtual history isn’t merely limited to props including a store front, an older muscle car, or costumes. It encompasses the mood and the way of life for the period the film chooses to represent.
The world we live in is full of stories to tell, varying in scale, ranging from intimate home-grown tales to battles that changed the course of history as we know it, and Prime Video hosts a bunch of period/historical films with some impeccable craft on display. Even a primal look at the list would reveal that the Second World War is easily the most documented event in all of history, but there are other gems too: ranging from Biblical times to the not-so-recent close of the 20th century itself. With all that said now, here’s the list of really good historical movies on Amazon Prime that are available to stream right now.
15. Padmaavat (2018)
‘Padmaavat’ is the story of Queen Padmavati of Chittorgarh who performed ‘Jauhar’, or the age old patriarchal practice of self-immolation along with hundred or so other women in the face of certain defeat as an act to defend her honour, after the fort was laid siege upon by invader Alauddin Khilji. The film is everything you have come to expect from a Sanjay Leela Bhansali film, a bollywood director who has made intricately detailed, gorgeous looking mega budget sets and impeccable production design against historical backdrops a genre speciality, a forte of his own. When I say this, I also mean that akin to other Bhansali films, even if you don’t take the story home, especially this one where the proceedings seem long drawn out, the quality of the craft manages to stay with you.
14. Jesus of Nazareth (1977)
For people of faith, this is quite literally gospel. Close to 400 minutes of the life of Jesus Christ told in impressive detail, from his nativity or birth to his crucifixion on counts of blasphemy upon declaring himself God and to his resurrection as his followers rejoice. While the most well known chapters are covered in pining detail, the narrative also packs enough to include parallel significant events; events that form a significant part of Christian history. To be fairly honest though, I found the Mel Gibson version to be a tad better. Still, even for people who do not belong to the faith, ‘Jesus of Nazareth’ might be the most informative watch on this list by virtue of the sheer volume of information it has on display.