Films about War in the 17th and 18th Centuries

This collection provides information on selected movies, TV productions and documentaries on the themes of gender, military and war in the period covered by the Oxford Handbook. The most important wars included for this period are:

The most important wars included for this period are:

  • Thirty Years War (1618–48)
  • English Civil War (1642–51)
  • Habsburg-Ottoman Wars (1683–18)
  • American Colonial Wars (1689–63)
  • War of Spanish Succession (1701–13)
  • Seven Years War (1756–63)

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Director(s): Wheatley, Ben
Year of Publication: 2013
Abstract:

A small group of deserters from the English Civil War stumble upon another man-made nightmare. Cutler, a necromancer and alchemist, convinces the three deserters to help him find buried treasure in an overgrown field and feeds them hallucinogenic...

Director(s): Zeman, Karel
Year of Publication: 1964
Abstract:

In this satirical black comedy about the Thirty Years War, director Karel Zeman combines live-action and animation to explore the futility and illogical nature of war. A peasant, a mercenary, and a jester survive endless battles and imprisonment...

Director(s): Yanes, Agustín Díaz
Year of Publication: 2006
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In this epic swashbuckler drama based on the popular novels by Arturo Perez-Reverte, the adventures of a captain of the Spanish Army reveal the slow decline of the Spanish Empire. Set during the Eighty Years War, with particular emphasis on the...

Director(s): Kubrick, Stanley
Year of Publication: 1975
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An adaptation of Thackeray's 19th century novel, Barry Lyndon explores amorality and passivity in the Thirty Years War. A young Irish man rises from modest means to the British aristocracy through marriage and war. Director Stanley...

Director(s): Marinakis, Vardis
Year of Publication: 2009
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Set during the Cretan War, part of the larger conflict between the Republic of Venice and the Ottoman Empire, two young lovers try to escape the conflict and social norms. A wounded Janissary, forcibly conscripted at a young age by the Ottoman...

Director(s): Murat, Lúcia
Year of Publication: 2000
Abstract:

Conflict between indigenous communities and the Portuguese arise in 18th century Brazil. A cartographer charged with documenting the landscape discovers a different way of life when he encounters an indigenous woman within the interior. Their...

Director(s): Hollstein, Kristina
Year of Publication: 2005
Abstract:

This documentary focuses on the history of Catholic Church and its role in the Thirty Years War.

Director(s): Gordon, Michael
Year of Publication: 1950
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The tragic story of wordsmith and swordsman Cyrano de Bergerac, a French aristocrat turned soldier during the Franco-Spanish War. Cyrano falls in love with his cousin Roxanne, but he supports her when she declares her love for Christian. Sent off...

Director(s): Rappeneau, Jean-Paul
Year of Publication: 1990
Abstract:

The tragic story of wordsmith and swordsman Cyrano de Bergerac, a French aristocrat turned soldier during the Franco-Spanish War. Cyrano falls in love with his cousin Roxanne, but he supports her when she declares her love for Christian. Sent off...

Director(s): Harlan, Veit
Year of Publication: 1943
Abstract:

A moral fable styled as Nazi propaganda during World War II. Frederick the Great expanded Prussia's borders, brought it to great power in Europe, and won key aspects of the Seven Years War. He demanded loyalty for his success. When a sergeant...

Director(s): Leitner, Hermann
Year of Publication: 1970
Abstract:

The story of Austrian Empress Maria Theresia's courier during the Seven Year War. Court politics, visiting dignitaries, and love stories abound in this German television series.

Director(s): Egger, Urs
Year of Publication: 2014
Abstract:

The Bamberg Witch Trials of 1630-31 revealed how religious fanaticism tore apart communities from within during the Thirty Years War. Plagued by draught, inept politicians, and ongoing religious wars, residents of Bamberg blame witchery. Every...

Director(s): Christian-Jaque
Year of Publication: 1952
Abstract:

Fanfan escapes a shotgun marriage by enlisting in the French army during the Seven Years War. Promised fortune, fame, and the hand of princess by Adeline, an officer's daughter, Fanfan makes a name for himself as a soldier. Between battles, he...

Director(s): Krawczyk, Gérard
Year of Publication: 2003
Abstract:

A remake of the 1952 film of the same name, a swashbuckler finds himself enlisting in the French army during the Seven Years War to avoid a shotgun marriage. Promised fortune, fame, and the hand of princess by Adeline, an officer's daughter,...

Director(s): Meyer, Johannes
Year of Publication: 1936
Abstract:

A great example of the Prussian film genre, Friedericus focuses on Frederick the Great's triumph in the Seven Years War. It promoted militarism, nationalism, and Prussian history to unite German's behind the Third Reich's goals.

Director(s): Kreuzpaintner, Marco
Year of Publication: 2008
Abstract:

A young orphan boy survives the devastation of the Thirty Years War only to find fantastical horrors in the post-war German states. Following war, famine, and the plague, Krabat finds refuge with a town miller. He discovers a new world of magic...

Director(s): Palitzsch, Peter
Year of Publication: 1961
Abstract:

Based on the epic play by Bertolt Brecht, widely regarded as one of the best of the 20th century, this filmed stage production provides an allegorical tale of the price of war. Set during the Seven Years War, it follows a Swedish mother who...

Director(s): Vidor, King
Year of Publication: 1940
Abstract:

A young artist and his friend accidently join Roger's Ranger during the Seven Years War. Led by Robert Rogers, they travel through the Quebec wilderness with the mission to destroy the French-allied Abenaki tribe. The film shows the Rangers...

Director(s): Mamoulian, Rouben
Year of Publication: 1933
Abstract:

During the Thirty Years War, Queen Christina of Sweden must choose between her lover, a Catholic Spanish ambassador, and her nation. Her unconventional behavior, from refusing to marry to dressing in men's clothes to escape Stockholm, influences...

Director(s): Kasprzik, Hans-Joachim
Year of Publication: 1985
Abstract:

Spanning the years between 1697 to 1768, this East German TV-series tells the history of Germany and Poland from the reign of Augustus the Strong to the Seven Years War. It focuses on Countess Cosel, Augustus' mistress, the rise of Count Brühl,...

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