Shannon Stacey

Research via movies

Fall allergies have arrived, and I’m doped up on Sudafed, so random silliness:

How to annoy fellow bloggers by using movies as research—

Watch Braveheart, then write a Scottish historical to annoy Màili.

Watch King Arthur, then write a historical set in the dark ages of Britain to annoy Anna.

Watch Anastasia (either the Yul Bryner or the animated version), then write a historical set during the Russian Revolution to really annoy me.

There have to be more. But the antihistimine fog is kicking my butt. And it’s almost time for Big Brother.

Any others?

12 comments to “Research via movies”

  1. Caro
      · September 10th, 2005 at 11:55 pm · Link

    Watch Young Bess and write a Tudor historical.

    I have a friend who purchased the MGM costume reasearch notebooks for the film, the very ones used by Walter Plunkett in preparing his design. They are a collection of prints of portraits and Victorian history painting interpretations with no context or description what so ever (save for few hand written notes) and ranged from early Tudor to Cavalier. Again, no dates, nothing to tell the reader what they were looking at. The final dress Jean Simmons wears is taken direct from a Victorian painting of Mary, Queen of Scots that one could tell was supposed to be Elizabethan because it had a ruff. There’s a hand-written word “Final?” on the page.

    Very good reasons not to learn your history from the movies. :shock:

  2. Ann Wesley Hardin
      · September 11th, 2005 at 1:00 am · Link

    Uh, watch Airplane and write a book involving airline pilots?:rofl:

    Seriously, the only other thing I consider myself a quasi expert in would be fencing, and The Princess Bride is an exceptional movie example. Probably the best. Three Musketeers is great, so is Zorro.

    Maybe the old Errol Flynne and Basil Rathbone bouts could use some realism, but who the hell cares? They’re so frickin exciting.

  3. Anna Lucia
      · September 11th, 2005 at 4:26 am · Link

    Ahhhh love those PB fight scenes. Fantastic.

    And I’ll bag the Braveheart one, too, Shan – Maili and I should get round the table and bitch about historical inaccuracies together….

    But beating the ‘write a story’ one – how about, “watch Braveheart and then vandalise footpath furniture near the Edward I monument based on the movie”. That one really happened.

    Feel better soon.

  4. Charlene T
      · September 11th, 2005 at 10:48 am · Link

    Watch “Blazing Saddles” and then write a Western! :lmao:

    Sorry, can’t think of any serious examples. Probably because I’m doped up from fall allergies, too. Where’s my :coffee:?

  5. Jewell Mason
      · September 11th, 2005 at 12:01 pm · Link

    Wanna make Anna REALLY go over the edge?

    Watch Braveheart and write a followup story where Eddy II is made out to be a King 10 times greater than his father.

    (Running and ducking)


  6. Anna Lucia
      · September 11th, 2005 at 1:25 pm · Link


    Jewell, beloved, it is a measure of my affection and respect for you that I can contain my vitriolic rage and still be on the edge of my seat waiting for your release, Isabella the She-Wolf and all. I just go a little light-headed…..


  7. Jewell Mason
      · September 11th, 2005 at 3:09 pm · Link


    I knew that would get you, Anna, my dear.

    Nope, nope. Eddy II will have no glory in my followup! Honest! But I will speak to the She-Wolf issue. LOL

    Jewell (who really shouldn’t push the one button she knows will send Anna crazed)

  8. Màili
      · September 11th, 2005 at 6:59 pm · Link

    *eyes narrow*

    Watch Blood on Satan’s Claw and then write a Stuart-era English historical.


    Hm. Now I think about it– it isn’t so funny after all. :eyebrow:

  9. Màili
      · September 11th, 2005 at 7:14 pm · Link

    I’ll bag the Braveheart one, too, Shan – Maili and I should get round the table and bitch about historical inaccuracies together….

    It’d be much more difficult to find *any* historical accurate details in Braveheart. In fact we would have more fun creating a drinking game based on the film. Examples:

    + Drink a finger of vodka each time Wallace/Gibson screams, “FRRREEeeee-DUM!”
    + Drink two big chugs of dry sherry when you spot a white Ford Transit van driving by in the distance
    + Drink a Wallbanger each time the scar changes its location on Wallace’s forehead
    + Drink a splash of whisky each time you catch an actor glancing at the camera

    And so forth.

  10. Shannon
      · September 11th, 2005 at 7:51 pm · Link



    (I never noticed the van. I’ll have to keep an eye out for it.)

  11. Cece
      · September 11th, 2005 at 9:06 pm · Link

    “I LURVE Blazing Saddles!!” says the fellow sinus meds victim.

    Any movie where someone cuts hair :whip: Yes I watched Beauty SHop with a very close eye :nod:
    DOrky maybe but that’s the one thing that annoys me. NEVER watch a war movie with my dad.

  12. Anna Lucia
      · September 12th, 2005 at 10:15 am · Link

    Wheeeeeeeeeeeeee ahaahahahahahhahaa! Fab, Maili. Being as I AM the Eddy I fanclub, you can see why I find the movie a TAD irritating. But I wouldn’t mind so much if people didn’t quote the movie as historical fact… ugh!

    And ohthankgod, Jewell! :rofl: *hugs sighs of relief* I can deal with Isabella…. gggggg

    Now stop teasing the zoo animals… ggg

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