Monica Bellucci — Gorgeous. Italian. Pouty-lipped. Done a decent amount of historical movies! Let’s take a look:
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
As the Head of Dracula’s Vampire Bride Department, Bellucci gets the best headdress (designed by famed costume designer Eiko):
Briganti: Amore e Libertà (1994)
Bellucci and her co-star grow up together and fall in love, then he’s kicked out of his family while she’s sent to a monastery (as one does). They grow up, he gets involved in the “brigands” who are fighting (for? against? I’m Google translating Italian Wikipedia here) Italian unification in 1860, and the two hook back up.
A Los que Aman (1998)
She plays Valeria, “a beautiful and mysterious fencing master” per IMDB, in this definitely-historical-but-I-have-no-idea-when Spanish film.
In a small Italian town during World War II, all the men lust after (and all the women hate) Malèna for her beauty (and the fact that her husband is away fighting). Shit gets worse. I’m pretty sure this is the definition of the male gaze.
Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)
Part period drama, part martial arts film, part gothy horror, all set in a fantastical mid-18th-century France. Bellucci’s character is a shady Italian courtesan.
Asterix and Obelix Meet Cleopatra (2002)
A live-action film based on the French comics, which are set in Roman Gaul, with Bellucci as the Egyptian queen.
The Passion of the Christ (2004)
Yes, Mel Gibson’s Biblical drama. I usually skip Biblical stuff, because the costumes aren’t that interesting. But I’m being a completionist here.
N (Io e Napoleone) (2006)
A teacher befriends the Emperor Napoleon during his imprisonment on the Isle of Elba; Bellucci plays an Italian countess with whom the emperor is in love.
Wild Blood (2008)
Bellucci plays real-life Italian actress Luisa Ferida, who was shot for being a fascist at the end of World War II.
What’s your fave Monica Bellucci role in historical costume?