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A Waltz for The Queen’s 90th & More

Earlier in February, André Rieu composed The Windsor Waltz in honour of Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday. In this hilarious YouTube video, a Queen-lookalike (Mary Reynolds from Middlesex) dressed in bright pink matched with black gloves, a structured patent handbag, and black shoes arrives at André’s castle in Maastricht. There, André showers her with presents, lights …

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Period Dramas: Performing Arts

Did you know that there are a number of ballet, opera, and musicals in period films? Ballet Ballet Shoes (2007) – 1920’s Margot (2009) – 1960’s The Red Shoes (1948) – 1940’s Opera La Boheme (2008) – Victorian Io, Don Giovanni (2010) – Rococo Der Freischütz (2010) – Regency Musicals Annie (1999) – 1930’s Chicago (2002) – 1920’s Hallmark’s A Christmas Carol: The Musical (2004) …

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Waltzing in ‘War and Peace’

Thanks to my friend Svenja at Castleholic.com, I have been rewatching the waltz scene between Natasha Rostova and Prince Andrei Bolkonsky in four film adaptations of Tolstoy’s War and Peace (I’m not including the 1972 BBC adaptation). 1956 – Movie This was the very first film adaptation of War and Peace that I watched and I …

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Cinderella (2015) Original Soundtrack

Dear readers, The Cinderella (2015) soundtrack has been released on iTunes today! There are 33 tracks for C/US$9.99 or C/US$1.29 per track. The album features two songs from the beloved Disney animation, ‘A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes’ and ‘Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo’, sung by Lily James and Helen Bonham Carter respectively. It also features ‘Strong‘ …

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My Favourite Period Drama Original Soundtracks

Today’s recommendation is on music so sit back and enjoy the selection of my favourite original soundtracks (OST) from period drama films! I’ve listed each title alphabetically with the composer and added comments to some albums. Top Albums The Age of Innocence – Elmer Bernstein Anna Karenina – Dario Marianelli Atonement – Dario Marianelli Braveheart – James …