History Main / PeriodPiece

24th Apr '16 9:32:35 PM 10-13-2
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You know those things. Takes place in the past. Invites lavish production values like [[SceneryPorn art direction]] and [[GorgeousPeriodDress costumes]] -- and usually cinematography while you're at it. It's kind of hard to define what defines "period" films ''per se'' -- something that took place a decade ago could count, technically, but period pieces set in the very recent past are rare unless it's to poke fun at the era in question. Big budget period pieces are often dramas, frequently big epic ones, and take place at least thirty years ago.

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You know those things. Takes place in the past. Invites lavish production values like [[SceneryPorn art direction]] and [[GorgeousPeriodDress costumes]] -- and usually cinematography while you're at it. It's kind of hard to define what defines "period" films ''per se'' -- something that took place a decade ago could count, technically, but period pieces set in the very recent past are rare unless it's to poke fun at the era in question. Big budget period pieces are often dramas, frequently big epic ones, and take place at least thirty years ago.
ago - because any period of time greater than 25 years tends to shade into "when your parents were kids", which would obviously be pretty unrecognizable to you.
13th May '15 4:05:39 PM Adept
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-->-- '''Creator/GeorgeEliot''', ''SillyNovelsByLadyNovelists''

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-->-- '''Creator/GeorgeEliot''', ''SillyNovelsByLadyNovelists''
''Literature/SillyNovelsByLadyNovelists''
10th May '15 7:08:29 PM eroock
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-->--'''Creator/GeorgeEliot''', ''SillyNovelsByLadyNovelists''

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-->--'''Creator/GeorgeEliot''', -->-- '''Creator/GeorgeEliot''', ''SillyNovelsByLadyNovelists''
19th Mar '15 8:20:36 PM sonicsuns3
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Very often OscarBait. Sometimes it's based on literature that was contemporary when published, but feels like a purposesful attempt that recapture that era for new audiences. (Adaptations of the Brontë sisters, Creator/JaneAusten, or Creator/CharlesDickens are especially common.) Useful if the period predates a TropeBreaker.

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Very often OscarBait. Sometimes it's based on literature that was contemporary when published, but feels like a purposesful purposeful attempt that to recapture that era for new audiences. (Adaptations of the Brontë sisters, Creator/JaneAusten, or Creator/CharlesDickens are especially common.) Useful if the period predates a TropeBreaker.
4th Jan '15 8:16:29 AM TheUnsquished
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TheBBC makes a lot of these, and Creator/{{PBS}} imports them wholesale. The BBC have sometimes even been accused of "falling back" on costume dramas when they've got into trouble for something or when the licence renewal is coming up and they need to show they can do some "proper" drama. That said, they're very ''good'' at making them: they usually garner a lot of praise, and the end result is packaged into box sets for sale during PBS pledge drives. As a side effect of their decades of PeriodPiece production, TheBBC has accumulated a vast stockpile of costumes and expertise, which is occasionally raided by sister shows such as ''Series/DoctorWho'' when they decide to do a historical episode.

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TheBBC Creator/TheBBC makes a lot of these, and Creator/{{PBS}} imports them wholesale. The BBC have sometimes even been accused of "falling back" on costume dramas when they've got into trouble for something or when the licence renewal is coming up and they need to show they can do some "proper" drama. That said, they're very ''good'' at making them: they usually garner a lot of praise, and the end result is packaged into box sets for sale during PBS pledge drives. As a side effect of their decades of PeriodPiece production, TheBBC Creator/TheBBC has accumulated a vast stockpile of costumes and expertise, which is occasionally raided by sister shows such as ''Series/DoctorWho'' when they decide to do a historical episode.
11th Mar '14 1:30:24 PM RichardX1
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[[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] a piece about ''having'' a [[AllPeriodsArePMS period]].

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[[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] a piece about ''having'' a [[AllPeriodsArePMS period]]. Or a [[GrammarNazi period]].
18th Jan '14 6:32:53 AM Furienna
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Very often OscarBait. Sometimes it's based on literature that was contemporary when published, but feels like a purposesful attempt that recapture that era for new audiences. (Adaptations of Creator/EmilyBronte, Creator/JaneAusten, or Creator/CharlesDickens are especially common.) Useful if the period predates a TropeBreaker.

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Very often OscarBait. Sometimes it's based on literature that was contemporary when published, but feels like a purposesful attempt that recapture that era for new audiences. (Adaptations of Creator/EmilyBronte, the Brontë sisters, Creator/JaneAusten, or Creator/CharlesDickens are especially common.) Useful if the period predates a TropeBreaker.
8th Dec '13 12:57:12 PM maddthesane
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[[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] a piece about ''having'' a [[MenstrualMenace period]].

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[[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] a piece about ''having'' a [[MenstrualMenace [[AllPeriodsArePMS period]].
17th Mar '13 8:35:32 PM dokidokidelu
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There's no real need for examples. Just about any show set in the past counts. You'd know one if you saw one. Some Tropers restrict this trope to "any show set in the past that could have been set in the present", but that ignores the fact that it's impossible for most period pieces to be set in the present day because the plot and the characters' motivations would be nonsensical due to ValuesDissonance. For example, setting ''PrideAndPrejudice'' in the present day as is would make the crisis (Wickham's eloping with Lydia) seem inconsequential and the reaction silly, since the ''entire point'' of the crisis is that if Lydia doesn't marry Wickham and clear the family name, the rest of the sisters will end up as impoverished old maids because no gentleman will marry them. That's the way life was in 1812.

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There's no real need for examples. Just about any show set in the past counts. You'd know one if you saw one. Some Tropers restrict this trope to "any show set in the past that could have been set in the present", but that ignores the fact that it's impossible for most period pieces to be set in the present day because the plot and the characters' motivations would be nonsensical due to ValuesDissonance. For example, setting ''PrideAndPrejudice'' in the present day as is would make the crisis (Wickham's eloping with Lydia) seem inconsequential and the reaction silly, since the ''entire point'' of the crisis is that if Lydia doesn't marry Wickham and clear the family name, the rest of the sisters will end up as impoverished old maids because no gentleman will marry them. That's the way life was in 1812.
1812. (Even further proved that, in The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, they had to change Lydia's scandal to make the plotline work).
16th Oct '12 7:37:30 AM nlpnt
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Extra credit if they use the [[VanityPlate studio logo]] [[LogoJoke from the era the work is set in]].
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