Best History Movies of 1979
Canada Vignettes: Wop May
This short animated film is about Wop May, one of Canada's leading bush pilots in the 1920s.
"Race dâ€™Ep!" (which literally translates to "Breed of Faggots") was made by the â€œfather of queer theory,â€ Guy Hocquenghem, in collaboration with radical queer filmmaker and provocateur Lionel Soukaz. The film traces the history of modern homosexuality through the twentieth century, from early sexology and the nudes of Baron von Gloeden to gay liberation and cruising on the streets of Paris. Influenced by the groundbreaking work of Michel Foucault on the history of sexuality and reflecting the revolutionary queer activism of its day, "Race dâ€™Ep!" is a shockingly frank, sex-filled experimental documentary about gay culture emerging from the shadows.
Philip Kent (Andrew Stevens) takes part in the American Revolution and the newly formed congress.
Oscar François de Jarjayes was born female, but her father insisted she be raised as a boy as he had no sons. She becomes the captain of the guards at Versailles under King Louis XVI and Marie Antonette. Her privileged, noble life comes under fire as she discovers the hard life of the poor people of France. She is caught up in the French Revolution, and must choose between her loyalty and love.
Three and a half years of Jesus' ministry, as told in the Gospel of Luke.
Starting in late May 1944, during the German retreat on the Eastern Front, Captain Stransky (Helmut Griem) orders Sergeant Steiner (Richard Burton) to blow up a railway tunnel to prevent Russian forces from using it. Steiner's platoon fails in its mission by coming up against a Russian tank. Steiner then takes a furlough to Paris just as the Allies launch their invasion of Normandy.
Henry IV Part 1
Henry Bolingbroke has now been crowned King of England, but faces a rebellion headed by the embittered Earl of Northumberland and his son (nicknamed 'Hotspur'). Henry's son Hal, the Prince of Wales, has thrown over life at court in favour of heavy drinking and petty theft in the company of a debauched elderly knight, Sir John Falstaff. Hal must extricate himself from some legal problems, regain his father's good opinions and help suppress the uprising.
Henry IV Part 2
The death of King Henry the Fourth and the coronation of King Henry the Fifth.
The Fifth Musketeer
King Louis XIV has without his knowledge a twin brother, Philippe, but when he is told, he immediately locks up his brother in the Bastille. The king wants to increase his popularity and stages an assassination against himself where Philippe is dressed as king Louis. But Philippe manages to escape the assassination and everybody believes him to be the real king...
In 1879, the British suffer a great loss at the Battle of Isandlwana due to incompetent leadership.