The Black Death is probably the worst contagion of spreadable disease in the known history of mankind. It was caused by three different infections: Bubonic plague, Pneumonic plague and Septicemic plague. Plague has ravaged socieities all the way into the 1900s. The European middle ages is the time when the pestulance killed over 50% of populations. Here are some fictional films with Black Death as a subject in the story.
The Seventh Seal – This 1957 Ingmar Bergman film has a knight from the crusades traveling home during a great plague as he plays chess with death to stave off the inevitable.
Flesh and Blood – Who does not love the actor Rutger Hauer? This 1985 film uses the plague as a weapon of war.
Black Death – Set in the middle ages, once again the plague is used as a weapon of revenge. This is a complete action/adventure fantasy but who can argue with actor Sean Bean in the lead?
The Physician – Set in the 11th century, a young man goes to Persia to study medicine. Once again the Black Death is used as a political weapon as the disease is set upon the city. Sir Ben Kingsley and Stellan Skarsgårdin star.
The Reckoning – A 2003 murder mystery film set 1380AD where the victim is exposed to the plague and the Black Death threads throughout the story.
This is just another example of how award shows are probably rigged and political. Here are five directors who never won.
Stanley Kubrick – Can you even believe the guy who directed 2001 A Space Odessey, The Shining, A Clockwork Orange and Barry Lydon never won? There is no justice!
Alfred Hitchcock – The master of suspense never won. Seriously. This man created what is considered the best movie, at least in terms of repeating patterns and obsessive love, Vertigo and he never won.
Hal Ashby – Director of Shampoo, Harold and Maude, The Last Detail and Being There. Some of the most original and funny films of all time and nary a nod.
Ingmar Bergman – Yes he is Swedish but the director of The Seventh Seal didn’t ever win? Oh those narassistic Americans.
Sidney Lumet – The man directed the 1976 film Network. Someone needs to say to the Academy, “you have meddled with the primal forces of nature and you will atone!”
The People v. O.J. Simpson – This FX show won all sorts of awards it is so well done. A horrific crime is made worse by the shocking trial. You can’t make this stuff up people.
I Know My Name is Steven – This is a horrible case of child abduction by a monster. Worse were the laws at that time which gave hardly any consequence to such a bogeyman.
The Deliberate Stranger – This 1986 TV movie stars Mark Harmon as serial killer Ted Bundy. Chilling performance depicting a devil.
Escape at Dannemora– This Showtime miniseries describes an almost successful prison escape. The acting performances amplify the mind boggling enabling idiotcy.
Unbelievable – Netflix series based on a true story and Propublica article on a series of rapes. One victim recanted her reporting after detective repeatedly interrogated her as if she was lying and they prosecuted her! Merritt Wever and Toni Collette give outstanding performances as the two female detectives who solve the case.
Highway 101 – US Route 101 hugs the Pacific coastline almost all through Oregon. Incredible views of Heceta Head and lighthouses. Crashing waves and rainbows abound.
Glacier National Park – Going-to-the -Sun-Road winds through Glacier National Park and is one beautiful vista after another.
Road to Hana – The Hana highway in Maui, Hawaii is one rainbow after rainbow, one waterfall after waterfall all opening to a breathtaking view of the Pacific. The smell alone of the flora, fauna is magical.
Columbia Gorge Highway – In Oregon the Columbia River Highway shows the spectacular views of the gorge and waterfalls.
Avenue of the Giants – This road takes you through giant redwoods of Northern California. Unfortunately the tourist and environmental damage is evident, so be respectful.
Vertigo – This Hitchcock film stars Jame Stewart as a man who is consumed by unobtainable obsession. History repeats and so do emotional patterns.
Lolita – Stanley Kubrick directed a story of a middle aged man’s obsession with a pubescent teen. Based on Nabokov‘s novel. This controversial book is not sugar coated by Kubrick. No rose colored classes on this one.
Damage – Jeremy Irons becomes consumed by a mysterious woman also consumed by her own trauma. Some things cannot be fixed.
M. Butterfly – David Cronenberg directed this film based on a true story.
Camille Claudel. An amazing portrait of the young artist Camille Claudel. She came under sculptor Rodin’s tutalige and then under this thumb. The spiral into insantiy is soon to follow. You’ll never look at a Rodin sculpture the same again.