Best History Movies of 1974


Penthesilea: Queen of the Amazons

6.4/10 IMDB

Penthesilea, the first of six films made by Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen, traverses thousands of years to look at the image of the Amazonian woman in myth. It asks, among other questions, is the Amazonian woman a rare strong female image or is she a figure derived from male phantasy? The film explores the complexities of such questions, but does not seek any concrete answers.

Starring: Debra Dolnansky, Michael Thomas, Jan Creighton, Jim Goode, Lisa Kephart, Pat Kerwin, Whit MacLaughlin, Kristine Nielsen, Brian Reich, Jerry Stropnicky ..
Directed by: Laura Mulvey, Peter Wollen
Release date: 1974-01-01

Moses the Lawgiver

6.1/10 IMDB

Story of Moses. Originally a TV Miniseries recut for theaters

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Anthony Quayle, Ingrid Thulin, Irene Papas, Aharon Ipalé, Marina Berti, Joseph Shiloach, Shmuel Rodensky, Mariangela Melato, Laurent Terzieff ..
Directed by: Gianfranco De Bosio
Release date: 1974-12-22
Best History Movies of 1974 : The White Dawn

The White Dawn

7.1/10 IMDB

Three stranded 1890s whalers (Warren Oates, Timothy Bottoms, Louis Gossett Jr.) corrupt the culture of their Eskimo saviors.

Starring: Warren Oates, Timothy Bottoms, Louis Gossett Jr., Joanasie Salamonie, Simonie Kopapik, Pilitak, Sagiaktok, Munamee Sako, Pitseolai Kili, Meetook Mallee ..
Directed by: Philip Kaufman
Release date: 1974-07-21

The Three Musketeers

6.8/10 IMDB

Animated film directed by John Halas.

Starring: Francis Perrin, Michel Duchaussoy, Claude Bertrand, Michel Elias, Philippe Clay, Fred Pasquali, Anna Gaylor, Perrette Pradier, André Valmy, Michel Elias ..
Directed by: John Halas, Franco Cristofani
Release date: 1974-01-02

The Abdication

6.0/10 IMDB

Queen Christina of Sweden (1626-1689) abdicates and travels to Rome to embrace the Catholic church.

Starring: Peter Finch, Liv Ullmann, Cyril Cusack, Paul Rogers, Graham Crowden, Michael Dunn, Kathleen Byron ..
Directed by: Anthony Harvey
Release date: 1974-10-03
Best History Movies of 1974 : The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil

The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil

8.6/10 IMDB

The "ceilidh play", as writer John McGrath styled it, is presented in the BBC's 1974 "Play for Today" production to a live audience intercut with filmed reconstructions of the Highland Clearances and the Victorian obsession with hunting stags. Restored in high definition from the original film masters held in the BBC Archives.

Starring: John Bett, Dolina MacLennan, David Maclennan, Elizabeth MacLennan, Alex Norton, Bill Paterson, Allan Ross, John McGrath, Charles Kearney, James Cosmo ..
Directed by: John Mackenzie
Release date: 1974-06-06
Best History Movies of 1974 : The Lives of Benjamin Franklin

The Lives of Benjamin Franklin

8.0/10 IMDB

A mini-series made up of four plays each showing Benjamin Franklin at a different stage in his life. In each episode, Franklin is played by a different actor.

Release date: 1974-11-21
Best History Movies of 1974 : The God King

The God King

7.6/10 IMDB

Epic tale set in 5th century Sri Lanka, following the battle for the throne between Kassapa and his father King Dhatusena

Starring: Leigh Lawson, Oliver Tobias, Geoffrey Russell, Ravindra Randeniya ..
Directed by: Lester James Peries
Release date: 1974-01-01

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