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Jenn12
01-02-2009, 10:15 AM
Hi all. I'm looking for good civil war era dramas that I may not realize exist. I like ones that have civilian roles in them. Here is a list of ones I've seen. If you have any more to add please do so. Thanks.

Gettysburg
Gods and Generals
Little Women
Cold Mountain
Wicked Spring
Colt
Blue and the Gray
Gone with the Wind

Elaine Kessinger
01-02-2009, 11:08 AM
Hallmark Hall of Fame's "The Love Letter"
Washington Square
Ride with the Devil

if you're looking at "just the costumes" there are some British ones we can add to your list..

tompritchett
01-02-2009, 12:22 PM
It does not have much civilian interaction but one classic Civil War drama is
Red Badge of Courage.

Drygoods
01-02-2009, 04:05 PM
My favorite, with civilians, is Friendly Persuasion.

tompritchett
01-02-2009, 04:19 PM
Then there is always The Beguiled (1971) with Clint Eastwood.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066819/

Jenn12
01-02-2009, 04:36 PM
Thank you very much. I will have my netflix queue full now! :-)

KarinTimour
01-02-2009, 05:01 PM
Dear Jenn:

Don't forget the English films conveying this period. In the 1980s there was a production of the Barchester Trillogy that has the BEST dresses I think I've ever seen in a film for our period. You'll drool at the fabrics and the workmanship. Bonnets looked pretty spiffy too, though I know much less about those.

He Knew He was Right
The Way We Live Now

A number of the BBC productions of Dickens' works are pretty good in terms of the clothing as well.

I've been told that a production of "The Charge of the Light Brigade" was absolutely breathtaking for both civilian and military garments, though that would be 1850s, and I've not seen it myself.

Just a few off the top of my head.

Hope that's helpful,
Karin Timour
Period Knitting -- Socks, Sleeping Hats, Balaclavas
Atlantic Guard Soldiers' Aid Society
Email: Ktimour@aol.com

sbl
01-02-2009, 05:33 PM
"I've been told that a production of "The Charge of the Light Brigade" was absolutely breathtaking for both civilian and military garments, though that would be 1850s, and I've not seen it myself."

Karin,

You were told correctly. It's on NETFLIX

Sommersby is pretty good, and The Piano is 1850-60 era. Try The Leopard, an Italian film with Burt Lancester. Long but great for upper-class 1860s clothing. Raintree County is fun to watch for the stars in 1860s clothing.

Bitter_Bierce
01-02-2009, 05:34 PM
Civilian characters abound in these films:

- Shenandoah
- The Horse Soldiers
- The Undefeated
- Ironclads (TV movie)
- North and South Book II (TV mini-series)
- Gore Vidal's Lincoln (TV mini-series)
- The Andersonville Trial (stage/TV play)