Best History Movies of 1998
Saving Private Ryan
As U.S. troops storm the beaches of Normandy, three brothers lie dead on the battlefield, with a fourth trapped behind enemy lines. Ranger captain John Miller and seven men are tasked with penetrating German-held territory and bringing the boy home.
The Thin Red Line
The story of a group of men, an Army Rifle company called C-for-Charlie, who change, suffer, and ultimately make essential discoveries about themselves during the fierce World War II battle of Guadalcanal. It follows their journey, from the surprise of an unopposed landing, through the bloody and exhausting battles that follow, to the ultimate departure of those who survived.
Shakespeare in Love
Young Shakespeare is forced to stage his latest comedy, "Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter," before it's even written. When a lovely noblewoman auditions for a role, they fall into forbidden love -- and his play finds a new life (and title). As their relationship progresses, Shakespeare's comedy soon transforms into tragedy.
Jean Valjean, a Frenchman imprisoned for stealing bread, must flee a police officer named Javert. The pursuit consumes both men's lives, and soon Valjean finds himself in the midst of the student revolutions in France.
The Last Days
Five Jewish Hungarians, now U.S. citizens, tell their stories: before March, 1944, when Nazis began to exterminate Hungarian Jews, months in concentration camps, and visiting childhood homes more than 50 years later. An historian, a Sonderkommando, a doctor who experimented on Auschwitz prisoners, and US soldiers who were part of the liberation in April, 1945.
Goodnight, Mister Tom
We're in an English village shortly before Dunkirk. "Mr. Tom" Oakley still broods over the death of his wife and small son while he was away in the navy during WWI, and grief has made him a surly hermit. Now children evacuated from London are overwhelming volunteers to house them. Practically under protest, Mr. Tom takes in a painfully quiet 10-year-old, who gradually reveals big problems.
In 1834, Tatiana and her family lived peacefully in an old windmill on the property of the Marquis of Icecrown until one day, her father, the miller, due to a series of poor harvests, has to ask the Marquis to lend him 1,200 escudos. Since the Marquis is wicked and cruel, he decides to get his money back and while the father is away, he forces the younger sister to fuck all the members of his escort service and himself. Deranged with anger, Tatiana decides to avenge her sister, but to do that, she needs money and finds herself forced to become a prostitute.
At the Icecrown Castle by the lake, one of the Marquis' maids tells a washwoman about the latest rumours on her master. After a heated argument, the Marquise and her daughter abandon the castle, leaving her husband's guard with a pleasant memory. The Marquis madly in love with Tatiana, unloads all his burning desires on his servants while Tatiana, thanks to the money she has so skillfully earned, runs away from the brothel so as to go back to the person she loves, Thierry. But, unfortunately, it isn't that simple. Tatiana is forced to withstand unspeakable things and, distressed, flees to the arms of the person she most hates in the world who nevertheless, treats her like a princess: the Marquis of Icecrown. Don't miss the last episode of the hottest of all sagas, in which the main characters join in on the most perverse games, for your delight.
Accused of treason, Dr. Jose P. Rizal awaits trial and meets with his colonial government-appointed counsel, Luis Taviel de Andrade. The two build the case and arguments for the defense as significant events in the central figure's life prior to his incarceration unfold. Upon hearing Rizal's life story, Taviel begins to realize that the accused not just is innocent but exhibits in fact all the qualities of an extraordinary man. When the mock trial unreels, Taviel is all set to act as the prime advocate for his client as Rizal himself is about to give an earth-moving speech to defend his honor and address his countrymen. Meanwhile, the Spanish authorities have worked out the vast political machinery to ensure a guilty verdict. A revolution waits in the wings.
Due to her father’s financial problems, and the raping of her sister, Tatiana is forced to prostitute herself at a grand brothel of the city. Having overheard a conversation between the Marquis’ butler and the brothel “madame”, Tatiana pretends to be the girl with the shaved sex pierced by a gold ring, with whom the Marquis has always dreamed. This way she can earn a lot of money and prepare her revenge. Meanwhile, back at the Icecrown Castle, the Marquis is visited by his friend the Duke, with whom he enjoys the company of peasant women while their wives, and even their daughters, are fucking all over the garden, and even in the lake. After reading a report from his butler on Tatiana, the Marquis accepts seeing her and goes to the brothel personally. The second part of the saga in which sex and action intermingle with a cast full of beautiful girls and epoch gowns.