This page contains links to suggested film, video, and image resources.



  • The British History Library
    This site features over 2000 images from the British Galleries at the V&A - the world’s greatest museum of the decorative arts. The British Galleries at the V&A contain the most comprehensive collection of British design and art on view anywhere in the world. About half the objects included on this website are from the long eighteenth century, making this site a tremendously valuable visual archive for students of the period.

  • Guildhall Library Image Database
    The site contains over 20,000 images from the Guildhall Library and Guildhall Art Gallery London. Mainly the images are London-related prints from the 16th through the 20th-century.

Films and Videos

  • Internet Movie Database
    The Internet Movie Database includes over 180,000 titles, and it allows for various searches within the database. They include searches under movie/tv title, cast/crew name, character name, and word search.

  • UM Catalog Web Entry
    This site is the University of Michigan's Film and Video Library Catalog of the titles available on campus.

Films relating to the 18th century

  • Barry Lyndon (1975)
    An eighteenth-century period piece starring Ryan O'Neal as an Irish rogue-hero named Barry Lyndon who tries to make for himself the life of a nobleman through seduction, gambling, and dueling.

  • Beggar's Opera (1953), (1983), UM web entry
    Based upon John Gay's 18th-century musical about Captain MacHeath, a highwayman waiting to be hanged who is entertained by a musical beggar. The beggar has written an opera about the highwayman as the hero in it.

  • Emma (1996), UM web entry
    An adaptation of Jane Austen's novel about Emma Woodhouse starring Gwyneth Paltrow who is often playing the matchmaker, but she is clueless when it comes to her own relationship and feelings for Mr. Knightley played by Jeremy Northam.

  • Frankenstein (1994), UM web entry
    Based upon the novel by Mary Shelley about a doctor's obsession with death which leads him to create life from different body parts. The creature then takes revenge upon Frankenstein and his family for his creation.

  • Frankenstein: The True Story (1973) (TV)

  • Gothic (1986), UM web entry
    The story of the strange night in 1816 when Mary Shelley created the story of Frankenstein, during her stay at Lord Byron's estate with her fiancee Percy Shelly, John Polidori, her cousin Claire and Byron.

  • Great Garrick (1937)
    A fictionalized story about the real-life British actor David Garrick.

  • Madness of King George (1994), UM web entry
    In the late eighteenth-century, based upon the life of King George III, he is suddenly faced with an unknown illness, while having to deal with a power struggle for the throne.

  • Moll Flanders (1996), UM web entry
    The story is based upon the novel by Daniel Defoe about an 18th-century heroine Moll Flanders, played by Robin Wright who has been born to poverty and abuse causing her to become a stronger woman in spite of all that.

  • Pride and Prejudice (1940)
    It is based on a Jane Austen novel about the relationship between the characters Elizabeth and Darcy, while taking a look at the manners of rural England during the early nineteenth-century.

  • Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel (1938)

  • Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)
    The story is based on the novel by Baroness Orczy about Sir Percy Blakeney, an 18th-century aristocrat who leads a double life. He is part of a secret effort to free French nobles from Robespierre's Reign of Terror, while still playing the image of an aristocrat.

  • Sense and Sensibility (1985) (TV), (1995), UM web entry
    Another adaptation of a Jane Austen novel about the Dashwood sisters, sensible Eleanor and passionate Marianne, and their sudden small chances of finding a husband after the loss of their family fortune.


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