Reflections III - Historical Period Drama,TV and Films

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Historical drama film stories are based mainly upon historical events and famous people.
Some historical dramas are 'docudramas', which attempt an accurate portrayal of a historical event or biography, to the degree that the available historical research will allow.
Other historical dramas are fictionalized tales that are based on an actual person and their deeds, such as 'Braveheart', which is loosely based on the 13th-century knight William Wallace's fight for Scotland's independence.
For films pertaining to the history of East Asia, Central Asia, and South Asia, there are historical period drama films set in Asia, also known as Jidaigeki in Japan. Wuxia films like 'The Hidden Power of the Dragon Sabre' (1984) and 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' (2000), based on novels by Jin Yong and Wang Dulu, have also been produced.
Zhang Yimou has directed several acclaimed wuxia films like 'Hero' (2002), 'House of Flying Daggers' (2004) and 'Curse of the Golden Flower' (2006).
Although largely fictional some 'wuxia' films are considered historical drama. 
Samurai films like 'Zatoichi' also fall under historical drama umbrella.
Barabbas - note the inaccuracies - Gladiators wearing sandals,
plebs in the best 'seats' - should be seated patricians - no barrier
in height or fencing, between the gladiators and spectators
'Peplum' films also known as 'sword-and-sandal', is a genre of largely Italian-made historical or biblical epics (costume dramas) that dominated the Italian film industry from 1958 to 1965.
Most 'pepla' featured a 'superhumanly' strong man as the protagonist, such as Hercules, Samson, Goliath, Ursus or Italy's own popular folk hero Maciste.
These 'supermen' often rescued captive princesses from tyrannical despots' and fought mythological creatures.
Not all the films were fantasy-based, however.
Many featured actual historical personalities such as Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, and Hannibal, although great liberties were taken with the storylines.
Gladiators, pirates, knights, Vikings, and slaves rebelling against tyrannical kings were also popular subjects.
There are also films based on Medieval narratives like Ridley Scott's historical epics 'Robin Hood' (2010), and 'Kingdom of Heaven' (2005), and the sub genre films based on Arthurian legend as 'Pendragon: Sword of His Father' (2008) and 'King Arthur '(2004).
Spartacus - Blood and Sand
HBO's 'Rome  1 and 2'
Many historical narratives have been expanded into television series.
Notable ancient history inspired TV series include: HBO's 'Rome 1 and 2', 'Spartacus - Blood and Sand', 'Egypt', and the rather upmarket BBC 'I Claudius'.
Historical soap operas have also been popular, including the Turkish TV series 'The Magnificent Century' and 'Once Upon A Time In The Ottoman Empire: Rebellion'.

Comics and Graphic Novels

Historical narratives have find their way also in comics and graphic novels.
There are Prehistorical elements in jungle comics like 'Akim' and 'Rahan'.
Ancient Greece inspired graphic novels are '300' created by Frank Miller, centered around Battle of Thermopylae, and 'Age of Bronze' series by Eric Shanower, that retells Trojan War.
It is clear from the above, that historical fiction, in all its many forms, and using many different media, is 'alive and well'.

But what of 'The Story of Gracchus' - an illustrated, 'adult' serial novel (or 'romance' ?), presented on the internet ?


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