Best History Movies of 1974
The White Dawn
Three stranded 1890s whalers (Warren Oates, Timothy Bottoms, Louis Gossett Jr.) corrupt the culture of their Eskimo saviors.
Moses the Lawgiver
Story of Moses. Originally a TV Miniseries recut for theaters
Penthesilea: Queen of the Amazons
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.
Historical drama: Benito Juarez and the years of he Franco-Mexican war, 1850s-1860s.
Queen Christina of Sweden abdicates and travels to Rome to embrace the Catholic church.
The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil
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.
Judy: Impressions of Garland
This BBC/MGM-TV co-produced documentary on the life and career of Judy Garland includes interviews with Liza Minnelli, Charles Walters and Mickey Rooney.
The Lives of Benjamin Franklin
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.
This film traces the career of Dr Edward Trenbow (Corin Redgrave), who becomes a well-respected Sydney psychiatrist. In the 1920s, he takes up residence at Callan Park Asylum. The film touches on issues of psychoanalysis and physical treatments, such as fever treatment.
The God King
Epic tale set in 5th century Sri Lanka, following the battle for the throne between Kassapa and his father King Dhatusena