Father’s Day is coming up this weekend (at least the American observance), which makes me think about representation of fathers in historical costume movies and TV series. Admittedly, I don’t have much experience with fathers, since mine died when I was 3, so my choice of movie dads might not be the most traditional…
5. Rodrigo Borgia in The Borgias (2011–13)
I know, I know, it’s a little bit oedipal since Jeremy Irons is SO HOT, but who’s your papa? He’s always looking out for the family’s best interests. In his own special way.
4. Rhett Butler in Gone With the Wind (1936)
Bonnie Blue had Daddy Rhett wrapped her around her little finger. And it’s Rhett who is truly devastated when she dies. Scarlett’s a stone-cold bitch of a mother, so you’d need him for a dad.
3. Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music (1965)
The whistle would wear me down, and he’s living in a freakin’ palace but can’t spring for play clothes for the kids? At least he has decent taste in governesses / step-moms.
2. Professor Henry Jones in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
When you just have to shut up and realize that Dad is smarter than you. And he’s going to get his way. And the last word.
1. Mr. Bennett in Pride and Prejudice (1995)
OK, he can’t provide for all those silly girls (and you have to wonder why he married such a dingbat like Mrs. Bennett), but he’s the sweetest, kindest fellow towards his eldest daughters.
Who’s your favorite frock flick dad?