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Historical Figures You'd Like to See Movies About


And why or which part of their life story.

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Hard to think really since most historical figures I'm aware of don't interest me much, and some who do already have films about them and I haven't seen all of them (like The Imitation Game.)

Dali is somewhat interesting, especially his sexuality, but I don't really have much interest in watching a film about him. I dunno, I can just kind of read about people online. There's one anecdote of him looking at a dead bat as a child being devoured by ants and then he picked it up and bit into it which I think would be cinematically interesting. (Also I don't know if there's already a film about Dali I don't know about, quite probably.)

I was thinking recently it would have been nice if The Danish Girl was historically accurate (I didn't watch the film though, just read through the script and read reviews.)

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I think that most historical figures I'm aware of have already been depicted in a film or tv series.


Although I wouldn't mind seeing limited series about the Gracchus brothers.

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The historical figures would have to be recent...or re-interpreted. For example, a movie about J. Edgar Hoover's closet sexuality rather than his professional life.

As for recent, maybe Ronald Reagan, maybe even Donald Trump, or a Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky thing...although for a Clinton thing, he'd have to be long dead. There's no way they'll have a movie of him in a compromising position while he's alive.

Personally, I'd like to see a movie biopic of Manuel Noriega. It would be interesting to see how a liberal "take" on his life would look like...

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Edith Stein and Witkacy come to mind, there's a bunch more I'd remember if I weren't sleep-deprived at the moment.

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For example, a movie about J. Edgar Hoover's closet sexuality rather than his professional life.
The Fate series has an interesting take on this

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I'd watch a comedy about Seńor Hilter's life in Argentina, where he has to evade the Mossad while enduring Fegelein's antics.

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A film about the life of Bj Blaskovits, but without his daughters,

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Harold Godwinson/William the Conqueror movie would be great because it's such a pivotal moment in English history.

Also maybe an early church father like John Chrysostom would be interesting because I like that late antique period.
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I wouldn't need to watch any historical figure in a movie. I want to watch the actual person at their existing time.

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A lesser known historical figure, but I'd like to see a great film, an epic film, about the female World War Two Russian sniper, Roza Shanina. Quite a lot is known about her life and she recorded her experiences on the front-line in a diary. She had great courage and at age 14 walked 200 kilometres across the tundra(!) to attend college in Arkhangelsk. But like a lot of touching films, her story doesn't have a happy ending either. It would be a tear-jerker.

Here's her Wiki page if you'd like to read more about her:

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Two Mexican heroes, Emiliano Zapata and Pancho Villa. I'd also watch a movie about the atrocities of Villa's Butcher.
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I don't know if there are any I'd really want to see movies about right now. I have limited patience for movies these days. I usually don't make it through the ones I do start watching because I'll get 15 minutes into it and start thinking about something unrelated that I'm curious about and want to look it up online and research it. I guess the internet has ruined me.

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Two Mexican heroes, Emiliano Zapata and Pancho Villa. I'd also watch a movie about the atrocities of Villa's Butcher.
I'd definitely watch a film about either of these figures. I'd also be interested in a film documenting the Neo-Zapatismo, or Zapatista, movement in Chiapas. I think their stance against Neo-Liberalism and in favour of indigenous communities is inspirational. I've read a few books written about and by members of the Zapatistas.

I'd also be interested in a film about the Spanish Anarchist Buenaventura Durruti, who led a quite remarkable life by all accounts.

For non-overtly political figures, I'd probably go with Fyodor Dostoevsky, who escaped the firing-squad thanks to a reprieve, and went on to become one of Russia's best respected writers.
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My friend told me about this. I would pay money to see a dramatization of this historic event.

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Probably mad jack because the man really was a lunatic. Bagpipes in hand going into battle during WWII and he used a long bow as a weapon on the battlefield even getting some kills with it.. Not the greatest man that ever lived, but the entertainment value on the big screen 10/10

Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man.
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Probably mad jack because the man really was a lunatic. Bagpipes in hand going into battle during WWII and he used a long bow as a weapon on the battlefield even getting some kills with it.. Not the greatest man that ever lived, but the entertainment value on the big screen 10/10
I'd go as far as to say that he was one mad lad.
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A great film about the geologist Eugene Shoemaker would be awesome. He set out to prove that large asteroids and comets sometimes do in fact collide with our Earth, and was vindicated in 1994 (and I remember this, too) when he co-discoverd Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 which ploughed into the planet Jupiter with devastating results. It was big news at that time. Eugene Shoemaker. A pioneer.
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I'd like to see one about Lyudmila Mikhailovna Pavlichenko, the female Soviet sniper in the Red Army during World War II, credited with 309 confirmed kills, making her the most successful female sniper in recorded history.
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Freddie Oversteegen, a 14 year old girl from raised by a communist mother, joined the Dutch resistance during WW2, blowing up train tracks and bridges, helping Jewish children escape concentration camps, smuggling children out the country, and assassinating an unknown amount of Nazi soldiers during the war, she ended up living till she was 92 years old, dying in 2018.

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I'd like to see one about Lyudmila Mikhailovna Pavlichenko, the female Soviet sniper in the Red Army during World War II, credited with 309 confirmed kills, making her the most successful female sniper in recorded history.
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