Best History Movies of 1974
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.
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
Queen Christina of Sweden (1626-1689) abdicates and travels to Rome to embrace the Catholic church.
The Three Musketeers
Animated film directed by John Halas.
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.
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.
The God King
Epic tale set in 5th century Sri Lanka, following the battle for the throne between Kassapa and his father King Dhatusena