18 thoughts on “Top 5 Depressing Frock Flicks (and not in a good way)

  1. I did start watching Parade’s End at some point but never finished it, because, yeah, every now and then I run across a pic from the show and think “Ooo!” But it’s kind of a slog and even though I didn’t have the same level of negative reaction you did to the characters, they all kind of were just “meh”. I couldn’t get into the amount of torture they all put each other through when they’re all just bringing the most mid of mid energy to the plot.

    1. What? I found it’s darkly funny ways (some zingers that stuck through the checks calendar decades rather nicely. Also: The earl’s/Johnny’s syphelitic nose falling of despite ounces of craggy make up? Come-on.) somewhat cathartic. But then again, I like my cartoons. And, I understand, restoration theatre is somewhat of an… acquired taste shall we say?

      All the YESSSEs for Pete/Octave/de Musset in this list.

      Suggestions: Blonde (WTF?), Napoleon (ughh), The Bookshop (2017), most of the later Julian Fellowes’ stuff, the latest ‘Woman in White’, ‘Lady Chatterley’, Christies and Dickens’s.

  2. I totally agree with you re The Libertine. I’m on the fence about Legends of the Fall and Restoration. I would add to my list: The Electrical Life of Louis Wain; Atonement; Professor Martson and the Wonder Women; and The Fountain. Thanks for this list; I try to stay away from things that will bring me way, way down.

    1. Second that but rather bc it start’s off SO well only to decline SO bad into some nonsensical kitschfest that was apparently WWII in Dünkirchen/London.

  3. You should try Salo or the 120 days of Sodom by Pasolini (based on a Sade novel), which is at the sale time a masterpiece and a nightmarish movie that will make you feel nauseous for a week, if you make it to the end of the movie…

  4. I would add to this list “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer,” which I attempted to watch the other night because Alan Rickman. Pretentious “psychological thriller”: that is, lots of attractive young women get offed to satisfy a mentally ill guy’s obsession. Set in mid-18th-century Paris, impressive cast, expensive production values, good costuming, and repulsive. (I find it bleak because the notion that serial killers are fascinating depresses me.)

  5. In Parade’s End there’s a moment where Rebecca Hall sashays in a room wearing a Delphos gown that’s just worth it! Loved all her outfits.
    I’ve watched many a depressing period film I would never watch again, the one that comes first to mind right now is The Last Mistress. I don’t even remember if I watched the whole film, everyone was insufferable!

  6. Atonement. I want those hours of my life back. I adored Dreaming of Joseph Lees but my GOD it was bleak 🤣🫠 I also still don’t see the point of Crimson Peak.

  7. Adding to the trainwreck that is Quills, there’s a scene where Joaquin Phoenix’s character, a young priest, has a dream (or maybe a fantasy, I don’t recall) of having sex with Kate Winslet’s corpse. NOPE.

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