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History At The Movies

Henry VIII And His Six Wives (1972)

Greed, lust, power modern day politics have nothing on the 16th century's Henry VIII, Keith Mitchell stars as one of the most egomaniacal rulers in western history, supported by a huge cast of stars like who plays a spectacular Ann Boleyn. Based on the critically acclaimed BBC miniseries.

Fire Over England (1937)

Laurence Oliver and Vivien Leigh play opposite each other in this film set during the 16th century war between England and Spain. Olivier is a royal spy, dispatched by Queen Elizabeth to glean Spanish intelligence. Meanwhile Leigh plays one of the queen's ladies-in-waiting, the role which launched her Hollywood career.

Sins Of Rome (1952)

A dramatic interpretation of the slave revolt in 100 BC that shook the foundation of the Roman Empire. Leading the rebellion is the slave Spartacus (Massimo Girotti) who not only has to deal with fearsome Roman soldiers, but two beautiful leading ladies as well, played by Gianna Maria Canale and Ludmilla Tcherina.

Eagle In A Cage (1971)

A thought provoking portrayal of Napoleon Bonaparte during his years in exile on the island of St. Helena. Kenneth Haigh stars as the diminutive emperor, while John Gielgud (Elizabeth, shine) plays the island's governor who finds greatness upon him when he becomes Napoleon's keeper.

Constantine And The Cross (1962)

An edifying, if gruesome film that showcases an often forgotten historical turning point. Starring Cornel Wilde, this rousing epic depicts the revolutionary treaties of Roman Emperor Constantine, who was the first emperor to allow Christians freedom to worship.

Lady Hamilton (1969)

Based on the French novel by Alexandre Dumas, this film chronicles the rise of a country girl to become one of the most scandalous aristocrats of the 19th century. Using her charm and beauty she moves up the ranks of Europe's social elite, perilously setting her sights higher and higher.

Sarabande For Dead Lovers (1948)

A tragic but beautifully filmed 18th century drama portraying the brutal marriage of young Sophie Dorothea (Joan Greenwood) and the future King George of England (Peter Bull). When she falls in love with a dashing young count, Sophie learns the hard way that the course of true love is often tragic. Political intrigue and malevolent in-laws combine with a gorgeous set to make this a period piece not to miss.

The Iron Duke (1948)

George Arliss plays the Duke of Wellington, England's key advisor during the Napoleonic war. Gifted with both political foresight and thick skin for abuse from those who doubted his strategies, the Iron Duke influenced policy makers into decisions that led to victory over Napoleon and is Empire. One of the best Battles of Waterloo in film is found in this movie, brilliantly directed by Victor Saville (Kiss Me Deadly, Forever And A Day).

Scott Of The Antarctic (1948)

A four star masterpiece of cinema, this film stars John Mills as Commander Scott, leader of the 1911 team of explorers on their expedition to the South Pole. An international quest for fame and honor to be the first to reach the harsh location unfolds in this haunting tale of survival in the wilderness. Musical score by the famous British composer Vaughn-Williams.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Nov 17 2006
  • Empire SKU 1256750
  • UPC Code 777966880495
  • Studio  St. Clair Vision
  • Packaging Custom
  • Number of Discs 3
  • Disc SS-DL


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  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 B&W
    Standard 1.33:1 Color

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