Period romances are often dismissed as overlong, tedious and boring by many cinephiles. I for one happen to love period romances. It’s amazing to get a glimpse of human lives that existed years or centuries ago, observing and watching them and the different lifestyles that existed back then. The emotions feel a lot more raw, passionate and genuine and this makes for such absorbing and emotionally overwhelming experiences that manage to stay with you for long, long time. So with all that said now, let’s take a look at list of most beautiful period romances ever made.
12. Shakespeare in Love (1998)
‘Shakespeare in Love’ received a lot of unwarranted hate after its infamous Best Picture win at the Oscars, trumping Steven Spielberg’s epic war drama, ‘Saving Private Ryan’. While it doesn’t come anywhere near breathing distance of Spielberg’s masterpiece, ‘Shakespeare in love’ is far from a mediocre film. The film is a period rom-come that depicts a hilariously imaginary relationship between the great William Shakespeare and Viole de Lesseps. The humor element here feels genuinely refreshing for a period drama and there’s also the inherent charm and sweetness of a rom-com which makes for a hilariously endearing experience.
11. Far From the Madding Crowd (2015)
‘Far From the Madding Crowd’ is easily one of the most beautiful films I’ve ever seen in recent times. It’s such an incredibly profound and beautifully atmospheric piece of pure romance that takes you back in time. The film tells the story of a woman struggling with her life and torn between three men who are deeply attracted to her. Vinterberg beautifully captures the aura of its time and gives a peek into the tragic lives of these people and asks us to empathize with its characters. Carey Mulligan is fantastic as Bathsheba and carries the film on her own in a performance of raw strength and confidence.
10. The English Patient (1996)