Romanticism and Popular Culture

This evolving bibliography collects media that represent Romantic-era works and historical figures in fictional contexts. We welcome feedback and additions from the RC community.

Film

Austenland movie poster

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Fickle Fish Films, Moxie Pictures

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2013

"Jane Hayes, a single 30-something who has always harbored a not-so-secret love of all things Austen, blows her life savings on a stay at Austenland, an immersive Jane Austen-themed resort." -Wikipedia

Based on Shannon Hale's 2007 novel of the same name.

Becoming Jane movie poster

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HanWay Films, BBC Films, Miramax, Buena Vista International

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2007

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"A biographical portrait of a pre-fame Jane Austen and her romance with a young Irishman."

-IMDB

Starring Anne Hathaway and James McAvoy.

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1973

Wikipedia: Bequest to the Nation is a 1973 British historical drama film directed by James Cellan Jones and starring Glenda Jackson, Peter Finch, Michael Jayston and Margaret Leighton. It is based on the 1970 Terence Rattigan play A Bequest to the Nation.

Blackenstein poster

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Exclusive International

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1972

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Blackenstein, also known as Black Frankenstein, is a low budget 1973 blaxploitation horror film loosely based on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. It was made in an attempt to cash in on the success of Blacula, released the previous year by American International Pictures. However, Blackenstein fared poorly in comparison to its predecessor, with most reviews agreeing that the movie was "a totally inept mixture of the worst horror and blaxploitation films".

--description from Wikipedia

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Warner Bros.

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1982

A variation on a verse from Blake's America a Prophecy appears in Ridley Scott's science fiction film Blade Runner (1982), spoken by Roy Batty (played by Rutger Hauer). This has been interpreted as a way of linking Batty to Blake's mythic regenerative hero Orc. -Wikipedia

Bride and Prejudice movie poster

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Pathé Pictures International

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2005

"Bride and Prejudice is a 2004 English/American...Bollywood-style adaptation of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen." -Wikipedia

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Universal Pictures

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1935

The brief prologue to Bride of Frankenstein includes Gavin Gordon as Byron, begging Mary Shelley to tell the rest of her Frankenstein story. -Wikipedia

Bridget Jones's Diary movie poster

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Miramax, Universal Pictures, Studio Canal, Working Title Films

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2001

"Bridget Jones's Diary is a 2001 English romantic comedy film directed by Sharon Maguire. It is based on Helen Fielding's novel of the same name which is a reinterpretation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. The adaptation stars Renée Zellweger as Bridget, Hugh Grant as the caddish Daniel Cleaver and Colin Firth as Bridget's "true love", Mark Darcy." -Wikipedia

Bright Star movie poster

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BBC Films

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2009

"Bright Star is a 2009 British-French-Australian biographical fiction romantic drama film based on the last three years of the life of poet John Keats and his romantic relationship with Fanny Brawne....The film's title is a reference to a sonnet by Keats named "Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art", which he wrote while he was with Brawne." -Wikipedia

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Orion Pictures

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1988

1988's Bull Durham includes a scene showing Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon arguing over a line ("the road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom") from Blake's "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell." -Wikipedia

By Our Selves

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2015

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People retrace John Clare's journey on foot from Epping Forest up into Northamptonshire. Starring Toby Jones as John Clare.

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1992

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Byron is the main character of the film Byron, by the Greek filmmaker Nikos Koundouros. -Wikipedia

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Allied Stars Ltd Goldcrest Films

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1981

Chariots of Fire is a 1981 British historical drama film. It tells the fact-based story of two athletes in the 1924 Olympics: Eric Liddell, a devout Scottish Christian who runs for the glory of God, and Harold Abrahams, an English Jew who runs to overcome prejudice...The film is also notable for its memorable instrumental theme tune by Vangelis, who won the Academy Award for Best Original Score.

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1938

A film on "The lives of the essayist and poet Charles Lamb and his sister Mary."

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Granada Television

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1978

"David Warner as WW, David Hemmings as STC" —A. Richardson

Clueless movie poster

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Paramount Pictures

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1995

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"Clueless is a 1995 American coming-of-age comedy film...loosely based on Jane Austen's 1815 novel Emma." -Wikipedia

Starring Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Paul Rudd, and Brittany Murphy.

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2007

The film stars Sam Riley and Samantha Morton. The Joy Division singer Ian Curtis (played by Riley) recites “'My Heart Leaps Up’ by William Wordsworth”

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2015

A stuffy society woman reminds Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) that Jane Austen “died a spinster” and Edith replies, “Actually, I’d prefer to be Mary Shelley. She died a widow.”

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American Zoetrope

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1995

"Johnny Depp plays an accountant from Cleveland named William Blake. He travels into a surreal western landscape where he meets a Crow Indian named 'Nobody' (an equivalent of the Crow name with which he had been branded, meaning something like 'he who talks loudly, but says nothing'). Nobody takes him for a reincarnation of the great English poet whose 'words of power' he had read in London as a boy where he had been taken as a captive.

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NBC (USA)

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1980

This variation of the Frankenstein legend, "suggested by the Mary Shelley story," and set in a brownstone in present day Manhattan, has Robert Vaughn as a determined New York surgeon bringing "parts" home from work -- the hospital where he does experimental research -- to painstakingly rebuild the shattered body of an anonymous patient with organs from various donors. The original title was to have been "The Franken Project," and it was to be the pilot to a prospective series. Filmed entirely on location in Manhattan.

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Demetra J. MacBride

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1995

"Starring Johnny Depp; with allusions to Byron's Don Juan." —N. Sweet

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