Friday, October 15, 2010

Cinema Betty

My pick for Judith is a mite unconventional for a Cinema Betty. Since Charles Cresswell is an 'eminent historian', I thought it was only correct that I chose another 'eminent historian' to take us through,
A History of Britain (2000)
My husband and I worked our way through this on Netflix (15 episodes in three series) and had a great time. Writer/Narrator Simon Schama is interesting and often hilarious and would never, I am sure, be as nasty to a woman as Charles is to Judith. (Also, Schama also does a series called Power of Art that is magnificent.)

Betty Debbie's review of Caroline's Waterloo was chock-a-block with Napoleonic references. Napoleon? Dude.
Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)
Mon Dude!

Amateur gomers Bill and Ted traverse time with an eye to passing their history course on the way to ushering in a new dawn of world peace. Among other tidbits, we learn that Napoleon is a tool.
The name of the fictitious water park that draws the mighty emperor with its siren song? Waterloops.


  1. Betty Barbara here--
    LOL! I loved Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. And I will say that you surprised me with this pick.
    I was fully expecting a reference to "Waterloo" (1970)--the wide screen, vast epic with Rod Steiger (!!) as Napoleon and Christopher Plummer as Wellington.

    I'll have to check out the Schama series. I enjoyed the book he did about the French Revolution.

  2. It's Waterlube, not Waterloops.

  3. Waterlube sounds like an amusement park in Brighton.

  4. Yes, I much prefer Waterloops. Let this be a lesson to cross-check such important references!