Movies set in Europe during the 1600s?

I’ll give another nod to The Last Valley—hell, if only for John Barry’s music. (And you can’t beat his lyricist.)

Depends on your opinion of the one mentioned in the OP. I find it flawed but useful in my AP Euro classes.

I see I got beaten to the punch with Alatriste (which is surprising, because it’s rather obscure… but I should’ve known better seeing as it’s the Dope :slight_smile: )

Other good movies from the 17thC:
Cyrano (the 1990 version w/ Gerard Depardieu)
Tous Les Matins Du Monde (starring Gerard’s son, the late Guillaume Depardieu)
Artemesia (about the famous female painter, set in 17thC Italy)

Looks like the Germans made a TV movie of Simplicius Simplicissimus a long time ago, but it’s too obscure to be available on DVD.

Watching clips on Youtube, I’ve discovered that the Poles made a lot of historical epics back in the 60’s about when they were the great big Grand Duchy of Poland-Lithuania in the 1600’s, fighting the Germans and the Turks and the Swedes (movies about them fighting the Russians never seemed to have been green-lighted :confused:). Dumb acting and plots, but plenty of winged hussars charging all over the place.

infinitii mentions Peter Greenaway, which reminds me that The Draughtsman’s Contract is set at the end of the 17th century.

Greenaway’s films tend to evoke feelings of either love or hate. But many of them make references (in terms of scene compositions as well as actual images in the background) to 17th-century Dutch art as it’s one of Greenaway’s favorite time periods–although The Draughtsman’s Contract is the only one actually set during that era (albeit in England, alas). For instance, A Zed and Two Noughts abounds with references to Vermeer, while The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover references Franz Hals.

I haven’t heard of that.

It’s on Youtube, actually, split up into parts. But there are no subtitles; I’ll have to rely on my already-limited command of German to attempt to make sense of the Dutch spoken by the actors.

OK, start with this book, 1632.

Actually, you can read it for free here. This is a great series, co-written by a number of authors and with a huge canvas. I think you’ll like it.

It’s set in the 1500s, but the movie Nostradamus with Tcheky Karyo really isn’t all that bad.

Sorry for the hijack, but in that case I feel myself in the duty to inform any of our esteemed readers who didn’t know that the author’s novels (including the series on which the movie was based) have been translated to English.

Alatriste is the only long series he has; there’s “archaeologist detective” books, “priest detective” books, memoirs of a war correspondent (which he was for many years), collections of articles. One of the reasons I loved “la piel del tambor” (“the skin on the drum”), which I don’t see on the list, is because the trigger for the action is someone hacking into the Vatican’s computers and he makes it sound believable (no walking into a humid basement to find sixteen monitors on a computer you need US Gov permission to buy); he learned about the subject before actually writing about it and asked his experts to review that part, which I’ve found he always does.

Argent, you *have *read Neal Stepehnson’s *Baroque Cycle *right? Because it features virtually every important event and character of late-17th Century Europe and beyond, depicted with a very unique POV and writing style.