Thursday, June 21, 2007

Family Friendly Period Films

I jokingly told my daughters that I'm going to call this a "Friday Fourteen" post, since my original intent was to write it as a "Thursday Thirteen" one. Unfortunately, too many irons in the fire prevented it today , so here I am, late in the day on Thursday. I want to share some information from a neat place that I found on Amazon, in case some of you don't already know about it. It was so helpful to me and I hope it will be for you, too. This place has listed quite a few "period" movies which it says are family friendly, with little or no objectionable material and good moral values. I'll list fourteen of them here; there are more at the site if you care to go check them out. Of course, many of these are quite familiar to us, but here are the ones I'd say are worth looking into for your library:

"Love Comes Softly" and its sequels

"Pride and Prejudice"-they list both


"Sense and Sensibility"

"Emma" - One from 1996 and the A&E 1997

"Nicholas Nickleby"

"The Love Letter"

"Anne of Green Gables"-any and all

"The Winslow Boy"

Masterpiece Theater: "Railway Children"

"Daisy Miller"

"The Inheritance"

That's twelve plus, right? There is a long list of more that they give four stars instead of five because of possible adult themes, mild violence or some insinuations. However, none have any graphic sex or language problems. Most of these are quite okay, from what I've heard. Of these I'll name:

"Wives and Daughters" - I love this movie; watched it many times

"North and South"

We just rented the last one from Blockbuster online and should watch it tomorrow night. If I remember, I'll write a comment here to let you know what we think of it. By the way, we've found Blockbuster online to be helpful, because we can rent some of the old TV shows that are problem free, as well as older movies. Here is the website with all the above info and more, if you have time to look it over.

If you know of any that aren't listed here, let us know!


Baptist Girl said...

Hi Maxine,
If you want to watch a beautiful old movie, it is one of my favorites. It is called "How Green is the the Valley". I watch it about 2-3 times a year. If you happened to rent it, grab a box of klennix and enjoy. I think it was made in 1941. It stars Maureen Ohara and Walter Pigdeon. Love this movie *S*


Mommysmart said...

Oh, I am thrilled to see that Anne of Green Gables made your list. I have them all practically memorized. They are my all time favorite movies and books. This last Christmas I shared my love for these movies with my daughter and now she is hooked. Thanks for sharing the list, I have a few to catch up on.

Beka said...

Wow-- thanks for sharing these! We'll have to check some of them out. I was glad to hear about Blockbuster online too, as it is very hard to find anything good in the stores these days.

Daughter of the King said...

love these films....don't we yearn for decency in entertainment...or at least we SHOULD....thanks for the grat post.

Beverly said...

Great list! I think I have seen all of them with the exception of "Railway Children."

And I agree about BB Online ... it is cost effective as well as good for Christians who can't find anything acceptable to watch in the store.

Lori said...

Great list!! I know it's a musical, but I have to put a plug in for my all time favorite, The Sound of Music!!

Vicki said...

Yes, I've seen some of these and enjoyed them so much. It's always good to hear of other good ones! Hubby and I have more time lately to view movies since his open heart surgery. Thanks for the great list!

Maxine said...

I said I would come back after watching "North and South" last night. Actually, I hadn't realized when I said that that it's 233 minutes long. Anyway, we've finished two episodes of it, with two more to go and I would most definitely recommend it. The only problem I'm having is one that I often have--understanding the British accents! I've gotten a little lost understanding what's actually being said on some crucial issues, but I'm following the general flow of the story. It is similar to some of the others we love, but the setting is in a dirty city rather than the beautiful countryside scenes we see in P & P and S & S, etc. But that's what the story is all about! I won't say any more, just go get it for yourselves!
I don't think we're going to be able to finish it before Monday--I'm on the wway to a grad party for my sweet little friend Sara who often comments here (Congrats, Sara!)and tomorrow is Sunday!

kris said...

I can't wait to check out some of these movies!
Thanks, Maxine, for your encouraging comments each week! I have a question - can you tell me how to make sweet tea? My husband loves trucking down south because of the vegetables and sweet tea he can get at the restaurants.

Just Theresa said...

I and my daughter love watching Pride and Prejudice, Anne of Green Gables, and Sense and Sensibility. And I will watch North and South. Thanks for the tip.

Karolee said...

I love period movies - thanks for sharing. I have seen (and own) several of these.

I found your site through CWO blog ring - random button.

Sara said...

Very good list Nanna! I love the Love Comes Softly series- I haven't seen the newest one yet. Also, I love any Jane Austen books/movies!!! Thanks for the post!