A Knight's Tale




Inspired by "The Canterbury Tales," as well as the story of Ulrich von Lichtenstein, this is the story of William, a young squire with a gift for jousting. After his master dies suddenly, the squire hits the road with his cohorts Roland and Wat. On the journey, they stumble across an unknown writer, Chaucer. William, lacking a proper pedigree, convinces Chaucer to forge genealogy documents that will pass him off as a knight. With his newly-minted history in hand, the young man sets out to prove himself a worthy knight at the country's jousting competition, and finds romance along the way. (IMDB Written by Anonymous )

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Paul Bettany
Rufus Sewell
Shannyn Sossamon




Mark Addy, Laura Fraser & Alan Tudyk


Laura also stars in "He Knew He Was Right"






The Madness of KIng George




The story of King George III of England's slide into insanity, and the political and royal back stabbing which results from his incapacitation. Despite being very amusing at times, this is a sad tale of medical practices in the later 1700s as well as an insight into life inside and around the royaly of the time.
(Written by Rob Hartill IMDB)

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In adapting the play to film, the title was changed from The Madness of George III to The Madness of King George. An urban myth has developed that the title change derives from the fear that American audiences would think the film was a sequel, due to the Roman numerals. However, director Nicholas Hytner has stated that the principal reason was to clarify that this was a film about a king. >>article



Nigel Hawthorne and Helen Mirren

Amanda Donahoe

Rupert Everett

Jeremy Northam


He has appeared in so many period dramas that I have to remind myself that he does in fact live in the present. He is one of my favourite actors in this genre and has graced us with his talents in the following films:

The Tudors (2007)
Tristam Shandy (2006)
Possession (2002)
Enigma (2001)
Gosford Park (2001)
The Golden Bowl (2000)
The Winslow Boy (1999)
An Ideal Husband (1999)
Amistad (1997)
Emma (1996)
Carrington (1995)
Wuthering Heights (1992
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Gosford Park

An Ideal Husband with Cate Blanchett

Winslow Boy with Rebecca Pidgeon

Possession with Jennifer Ehle

Golden Bowl with Uma Thurman and Kate Beckinsale

Emma with Gwyneth Paltrow









"Now I need not call you Mr. Knightley.
I may call you "my" Mr. Knightley. "



Uma Thurman


The Golden Bowl (2000)
Vatel (2000)
Les Misérables (1998)
A Month by the Lake (1995)
Robin Hood (1991)
Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)



Vatel with Gerard Depardieu

Golden Bowl with Jeremy Northam

Dangerous Liaisons with Glenn Close

Les Mis


Atonement


In 1935, 13-year-old fledgling writer Briony Tallis (Saoirse Ronan) and her family live a life of wealth and privilege in their enormous mansion. On the warmest day of the year, the country estate takes on an unsettling hothouse atmosphere, stoking Briony's vivid imagination. Robbie Turner (James McAvoy), the educated son of the family's housekeeper, carries a torch for Briony's headstrong older sister Cecilia (Keira Knightley). Cecilia, he hopes, has comparable feelings; all it will take is one spark for this relationship to combust. When it does, Briony -- who has a crush on Robbie -- is compelled to interfere, going so far as accusing Robbie of a crime he did not commit. Cecilia and Robbie declare their love for each other, but he is arrested -- and with Briony bearing false witness, the course of three lives is changed forever. Briony continues to seek forgiveness for her childhood misdeed. Through a terrible and courageous act of imagination, she finds the path to her uncertain atonement, and to an understanding of the power of enduring love. (IMDB)

Romola Garai plays an older Briony


On the red carpet...
Saoirse Ronan and Vanessa Redgrave (younger & older Briony)
James McAvoy and Keira Knightley

Oscar Nominations
Best Motion Picture of the Year (Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Paul Webster),
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Saoirse Ronan),
Best Adapted Screenplay (Christopher Hampton),
Achievement in Art Direction (Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer),
Achievement in Cinematography (Seamus McGarvey),
Achievement in Costume Design (Jacqueline Durran),
Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures - Original Score (Dario Marianelli).


Trivia

Joe Wright had wanted Keira Knightley to play the role of Briony in her late teens, but Knightley immediately liked the character of Cecilia, and also wanted to get away from playing girls on the brink of womanhood and play a more mature character for once.

Romola Garai shot her scenes in 4 days.

The opening film of the 2007's Venice Film Festival. Director Joe Wright, at 35, is the youngest director to have a film open this prestigious event.

James McAvoy considered the script the best he had ever read.

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