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Fall Movie Preview: The Period Pieces

We may not be getting the crisp fall weather just yet, but we are getting previews for tons of movies opening in the fall. In preparation for this autumn and winter at the theaters, I've broken up the lengthy list of upcoming movies into many small themes for my Fall Movie Preview series. This way, you'll be in the know when the chillier months roll around, bringing a whole new crop of new films. For today's preview, let's go back in time and check out some of the period pieces coming to a theater near you.


Silk
One of the two period movies coming out this fall that stars Keira Knightley, Silk tells the story of "a married silkworm merchant-turned-smuggler [Michael Pitt] in 19th century France traveling to Japan for his town's supply of silkworms after a disease wipes out their African supply. During his stay in Japan, he becomes obsessed with the concubine of a local baron." Knightley plays the silkworm merchant's wife Helene. This film looks like it will be beautiful, and as it also stars Alfred Molina I'm already on board to see it when it comes out September 14.

More great period pieces coming out this fall, so


Lust, Caution
Ang Lee's follow-up project to his critically successful Brokeback Mountain is the much anticipated thriller Lust, Caution. This time he's trading in the lovestruck cowboys for lovestruck spies in post-WWII Shanghai. In the movie, "a young woman, Wang Jiazhi (Tang Wei), gets swept up in a dangerous game of emotional intrigue with a powerful political figure, Mr. Yee (Tony Leung)." From the trailer it seems that Lee continues to be a master of visual storytelling, every lush frame evoking passion, fear and sensuality without anyone saying a word. I'll be in line to see this one when it opens September 28.


Love in the Time of Cholera
Based on the beloved novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Love in the Time of Cholera follows "a love triangle set in turn-of-the-century South America, where two lovers wait out careers, marriages, affairs and deaths until they can reunite." There's an interesting cast attached to this one, which includes John Leguizamo, Liev Schreiber, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Javier Bardem and Benjamin Bratt. Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) directs. I'm surprised it took this long for the book to be adapted, but now that it has been, I'll be curious to see how it's done. Love in the Time of Cholera opens November 16.


Atonement
I couldn't resist posting the trailer for Atonement recently because the cast is just so darn attractive. Also, it looks like a successful and gorgeous WWII romantic drama. Keira Knightley and the beautiful James McAvoy star as lovers whose affair is interrupted when the young Briony (Saoirse Ronan, who is also in another movie this fall, and is set to play Susie in Peter Jackson's adaptation of The Lovely Bones) makes a false accusation. If you haven't yet watched the lovely trailer, I suggest you do so before Atonement opens December 7 in the U.S. (or September 7 in the U.K.). Also, check out the Ian McEwan novel on which the movie is based.

Silk and Love photos source
Lust and Atonement photos source

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Briandiesel Briandiesel 8 years
Atonement was amazing!
GossipAngela GossipAngela 8 years
Lust, Caution isnt that good; the plot is very developed but the general movie has too much irrelavent or trivial stuff that overshadows the main story. Since it already came out in Asia, i got the DvD and its not what worth all the hype. Brokeback was wayy better.
youngheart222 youngheart222 9 years
I LOVE period pieces! I'm especially excited for "Love in the Time of Cholera" and "Silk" 'cause I read both of the books so I can't wait to see how they would look like on the big screen! Plus, it's always nice to see Keira Knightley...
eyeris806 eyeris806 9 years
omg the period pieces are ALL must sees...can't wait!
Novaraen Novaraen 9 years
Every one of them sounds interesting.....love me some period movies! But where is my lovely Orlando? He's the perfect type for period movies...as is Keira.
mellafe mellafe 9 years
I cannot wait for Atonement, because JAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMES. Those release dates are so crazy. Two months before in the UK? The same thing happened with "Becoming Jane"! Crazy.
jen22 jen22 9 years
I love period pieces. I will definitely be checking all of them out at the theater this fall. :)
partysugar partysugar 9 years
These all look so good. Although I've been meaning to read the Garcia Marquez and looks like I'll have to do it before the movie comes out.
mallomar mallomar 9 years
Im really intrigued by "Lust, Caution"- Ang Lee and Tony Leung are both favorites of mine. Not really sure about "Love in the Time of Cholera"- that book is mystically beautiful and I fear that any adaptation will have a rough time translating it into a 2 hour movie. Atonement was also a beautiful book, but the trailer and James McAvoy give me hope. :)
lostbronte lostbronte 9 years
Hooray for period pieces! However, there are so many great actresses out there--why is only Keira Knightley getting work? I'm not such a fan of hers.
mfern64 mfern64 9 years
I love period pieces, but no one ever wants to see them with me, so I enjoy them a few months later on DVD, curled up on the couch on a rainy or snowy day.
vickypu vickypu 9 years
I am still waiting for "The Other Boleyn Girl" with N.Portman, Eric Bana and Scarlett Johansson ! I've finished the book last week and I am so exiting for this movie !
caernarvan caernarvan 9 years
Sorry Casasugar & other Tony Leung fans, you're thinking on the wrong Tony Leung. Tony Leung Chiu Wai is the one in this film, he's mostly known as a Wong Kar Wai muse & star of Heroes. Tony Leung Ka Fai is the actor in The Lovers. Sorry. But I'm a HUGE Tony Leung Chiu Wai fan so I'm super happy.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
my comment was eaten. must've been because i said that i disliked keira knightley. :( i love that you started with the period films! i really look forward to hearing what you have to say about the other fall movies, buzz! these all look like a lot of fun especially the ang lee one.
juju4 juju4 9 years
I love period dramas. I am in the middle of "The Other Boleyn Girl", and I can not wait to see that with Scarlet and Natalie Portman!
EatYourVeggies EatYourVeggies 9 years
Is Keira Knightley capable of playing a role that doesn't involve her accent and a corset? She needs to switch things up a bit.
Ginger Ginger 9 years
Woops... Looks like there are two actors named Tony Leung, and this isn't the one from The Lover.
Ginger Ginger 9 years
Nice to see more fans of Tony Leung in The Lover. That was such a good movie. I'm looking forward to Love in the Time of Cholera and Lust, Caution.
weeazz weeazz 9 years
i love keira knightlys work so really keen to see those films
indielove indielove 9 years
i love keira knightley as an actress. she's so good.
youngest_sister youngest_sister 9 years
Thanks for the preview, Buzzsugar, it was interesting and useful! These movies will make Fall less sad!
outofhere outofhere 9 years
I love period pieces and all of these look worthy of seeing.
Black-Velveteen Black-Velveteen 9 years
I adore period pieces. These all look interesting, hope I get to see them. :)
lanilovespeaches lanilovespeaches 9 years
yeah me too softrockstar, I'm interested in almost all of them!
SoftRockStar SoftRockStar 9 years
I just excited for period pieces in general. I'll see them all--and I need to read the books!
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