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Women in History: Films

Year 10 Elective History

The Diary of Anne Frank

Based on a true story. The experiences of a young Jewish girl living in Amsterdam hiding from the Nazis with her family. Melissa Gilbert, Maximilian Schell, Joan Plowright.


Elizabeth I sheds light on both the personal and public side of England's most enigmatic queen. The daughter of King Henry VIII, Elizabeth I (1533-1603) reunited a nation divided by religious strife, faced down the Spanish Armada and, after an unprecedented 45-year reign, died one of England's best-loved monarchs. During her time as Queen, poets and playwrights wrote about her, artists painted her, and composers dedicated works to her, all contributing to the legend of the "Virgin Queen" who never married. In the public's mind, Elizabeth's romantic life is nearly completely overshadowed by her political achievements and military triumphs. Elizabeth I looks beyond the myth at the woman behind the crown, striking a balance between the queen's desire to find love and passion, and her responsibility to the monarchy.

The Lady

"How an extraordinary couple and family sacrifice their happiness at great human, cost for a higher cause. This is the story of Aung San Suu Kyi and her husband, Michael Aris. Despite distance, long separations, and a dangerously hostile regime, their love endures until the very end. A story of devotion and human understanding set against a background of political turmoil which continues today. THE LADY also is the story of the peaceful quest of the woman who is at the core of Burma's democracy movement." IMDb Torture, Junta, Nobel Peace Prize, Myanmar, dictatorship, political prisoner, politics. freedom of speech, social justice.

Marie Antionette

he retelling of France's iconic but ill-fated queen, Marie Antoinette. From her betrothal and marriage to Louis XVI at 15 to her reign as queen at 19 and to the end of her reign as queen and ultimately the fall of Versailles.

Rosa Parkes

The Other Bolelyn Girl

Two 16th century sisters are driven by their ambitious father to advance the family's status by courting the affections of the King of England, King Henry VIII Starring Natalie portman, Scarlett Johansson.

Joan of Arc

The year is 1429. France is in political and religious turmoil as members of the Royal Family battle for rule. But a peasant girl from a remote village will offer her country the miracle it is looking for. Ten years before her death, Joan hears voices. Six years later, from the village of Domremy, she begins her mission to unite France under King Charles. First she leads a defense of Vaucouleurs against the Burgundians, then obtains safe passage to Charles, the Dauphin. He uses her, as the embodiment of the mythical "Maid of Lorraine," to raise an army, and he sends her to the rescue of Orlans. After Charles is crowned, Joan leads a disastrous campaign in Paris, where her brother dies. Then she's the victim of Charles's manipulations: she's captured in Burgundy, sold to the English, examined by Bishop Cauchon, found a heretic by the Inquisition, and burned at the stake.

The Queen

After the death of Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth II struggles with her reaction to a sequence of events nobody could have predicted. Starring Helen Mirren and James Cromwell.

The Aviator

Billionaire and aviation tycoon Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a successful public figure: a director of big-budget Hollywood films such as "Hell's Angels," a passionate lover of Hollywood leading ladies Katharine Hepburn (Cate Blanchett) and Ava Gardner (Kate Beckinsale), and an aviation pioneer who helps build TWA into a major airline. But in private, Hughes remains tormented, suffering from paralyzing phobias and depression. The higher he rises, the farther has to fall.

Miss Potter

Beatrix Potter lives in London with her parents, who are annoyed that she has turned down a number of eligible young men to build a career for herself as a children's novelist. Children around the world fall in love with Beatrix's beloved characters, Peter Rabbit, Mrs.Tiggy-Winkle, Squirrel Nutkin and friends.