Geraldine McEwan was one of those dozen or so British actors that seemed to be in every historical film I watched growing up. I will always remember her best as Alice, the lady-in-waiting in Kenneth Brannagh’s Henry V who teaches Princess Catherine a few choice English words (“de fangres, d’elboh, de hahnds…”), but her career spanned almost 60 years of film, television, and stage, encompassing a wide range of roles from serious to comedic. She passed away in 2015, leaving behind a rich legacy on film.
Dance of Death (1969)
Check out that Madame X gown…
The Bawdy Adventures of Tom Jones (1976)
This movie is a whole thing … I’ve tried sitting through it more than once. I think you had to have been there in the 1970s to really appreciate the over-the-top levels of camp.
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1978)
The Barchester Chronicles (1982)
This actually looks like something I’d seriously watch, what with Alan Rickman in the cast.
Mapp & Lucia (1985-1986)
Trystan beat me to the review on this one, but this classic British series was remade a few years ago, so there may still be a chance…
Henry V (1989)
The film that altered a huge chunk of my adolescence and inspired me to become the crazy-pants historical costume critic I am today.
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
The other film that inspired me to become the inveterate snark that I am when it comes to crap medieval flicks, though I’ve mellowed a lot on this one over the intervening decades.
Love’s Labour Lost (2000)
Shakespeare retold as a 1930s musical, I mean, ok, sure, why not.
The Magdalene Sisters (2002)
Evil nun is evil. Really, truly evil.
Vanity Fair (2004)
We were kind of mixed in our opinion of this remake, if I recall correctly. It does, however, stand out in my mind for being one of the only films featuring Jonathan Rhys Meyers in it that doesn’t make me want to punch him in his smarmy face.
What’s your favorite historical costume movie or TV role of Geraldine McEwan’s?