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British Period Pieces for Every Anglophile

With the first of the gift-giving holidays almost upon us, the stress of finding the perfect present may impede creative thinking. So, as an addition to my previous Chick Flick (Vintage Chick Flicks | Chick Flicks 101) and Bromance/Buddy Comedy Gift Guides, I decided to give you one more:

A British Period Piece Gift Guide,
designed to help you choose the perfect gift(s)
for your favorite anglophiles.

The New Oxford American Dictionary (i.e., Apple computers’ standard Dictionary app) defines “period piece” as “an object or work that is set in or strongly reminiscent of an earlier historical period.

I’m going to be honest with you: this Gift Guide plays *exceedingly* fast and loose with that definition.

Organized by monarch reigning at the time of the film’s setting, each section includes a featured flick and additional suggestions (listed alphabetically) for what to buy if your recipient digs-but-already-owns the feature film. Links to Amazon and/or iTunes are included for each. Available formats (DVD, Blu-ray, Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, etc.) vary by movie.

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Elizabeth I (1558-1603)

Shakespeare in Love (1998)

Still of Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes in Shakespeare in Love. © 1998 – Miramax.

A forbidden romance inspires Will Shakespeare’s most famous romantic tragedy.

Shakespeare in Love is available at Amazon and on iTunes.

RECOMMENDATIONS

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Anonymous (2011) [Amazon | iTunes]
Elizabeth (1998) [Amazon | iTunes]

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Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)
[Amazon | iTunes]

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George III (1760-1820)

Pride & Prejudice (2005)

Still of Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen in Pride & Prejudice.
© 2010 – Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

“Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. She was too proud —
— or was she too prejudiced and Mr. Darcy too proud?
I can never remember.” – You’ve Got Mail

Pride & Prejudice is available at Amazon and on iTunes.

RECOMMENDATIONS

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Becoming Jane (2007) [Amazon | iTunes]
The Duchess (2008) [Amazon | iTunes]
Emma (1996) [Amazon | iTunes]
Jane Eyre (2011) [Amazon]

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Mansfield Park (1999) [Amazon | iTunes]
Northanger Abbey (2007) [Amazon]
Persuasion (1995) [Amazon | iTunes]
Sense and Sensibility (1995) [Amazon | iTunes]

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William IV (1830-37) • Victoria (1837-1901) • Edward VII (1901-10)

The Young Victoria (2009)

Still of Emily Blunt in The Young Victoria. © 2010 – Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Destined for greatness, young Victoria learns the political and personal realities of life as queen.

The Young Victoria is available at Amazon and on iTunes.

RECOMMENDATIONS

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Finding Neverland (2004) [Amazon | iTunes]
An Ideal Husband (1999) [Amazon | iTunes]
The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)
[Amazon | iTunes]
Miss Potter (2006) [Amazon | iTunes]

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My Fair Lady (1964) [Amazon]
Oliver! (1968) [Amazon | iTunes]
The Prestige (2006) [Amazon | iTunes]
Sherlock Holmes (2009) [Amazon | iTunes]

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George V (1910-36) • Edward VIII (1936) • George VI (1936-52)

The King’s Speech (2010)

Still of Colin Firth in The King’s Speech. © 2010 – The Weinstein Company.

Taking up a mantle never meant for him, King George VI conquers
personal demons as he prepares to meet the challenges of WWII.

The King’s Speech is available at Amazon and on iTunes.

RECOMMENDATIONS

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Atonement (2007) [Amazon | iTunes]
Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)
[Amazon | iTunes]
Gosford Park (2001) [Amazon | iTunes]
Mary Poppins (1964) [Amazon | iTunes]

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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)
[Amazon | iTunes]
Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005)
[Amazon | iTunes]

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Elizabeth II (1952–)

An Education (2009)

Still of Carey Mulligan in An Education. © 2010 – Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

A 1960s teen learns the lesson of a lifetime when she chooses adventure with
an older beau over the humdrum of school and strict family life.

An Education is available at Amazon and on iTunes.

RECOMMENDATIONS

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Billy Elliot (2000) [Amazon | iTunes]
Calendar Girls (2003) [Amazon | iTunes]
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
[Amazon | iTunes]
The Full Monty (1997) [Amazon | iTunes]

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Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
[Amazon | iTunes]
Notting Hill (1999) [Amazon | iTunes]
Snatch (2000) [Amazon | iTunes]
Spice World (1997) [Amazon]
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) [Amazon]

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And, just for fun (and because I love them so very much),
I give you my favorite recent British non-period pieces too!

Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

Still of Keira Knightley, Shaznay Lewis and Parminder Nagra in Bend It Like Beckham.
© 2003 – Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.

Jess tackles family objections, prejudice, and awkward misunderstandings,
all for the chance to play a little football.

Bend It Like Beckham is available at Amazon and on iTunes.

RECOMMENDATIONS

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About a Boy (2002) [Amazon | iTunes]
Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) [Amazon]
The Holiday (2006) [Amazon | iTunes]
Love Actually (2003) [Amazon]

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The Wedding Date (2005) [Amazon | iTunes]
What a Girl Wants (2003) [Amazon | iTunes]
Wild Child (2008) [Amazon | iTunes]
Wimbledon (2004) [Amazon]

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Looking for gifts from other genres?
Well look no further…

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Featured image: Still of Judi Dench in Shakespeare in Love. © 1998 – Miramax.

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Sarah Katz

Sarah Katz

Born-and-bred New Yorker. Lifelong film & TV lover—from chick flicks, rom-coms, rom-droms, rom-drams, and tweentertainment, to Shakespeare, period pieces, James Bond, fairy tales, and mafia movies.