Thursday, December 14, 2023

The Historical Movie Map

Some of the greatest movies of all time are based on real historical events. Ever since the invention of cinema in the late 19th Century history has proven to be an endless source of inspiration for directors and writers of films. From ancient epics to more contemporary dramas, the past has provided filmmakers with a wealth of stories to tell, characters to explore, and historical settings to recreate.

The Historical Database is a new interactive map that shows the settings of some of the most well known historical movies. The map includes a number of filters which are very handy if you are interested in discovering historical movies about a particular place in the world or from specific historical eras. For example if you use the date slide control you can filter the map to only show movies set within a particular period of time. The map also includes a control to filter the movies on the map by IMDb ratings.

Of course many historical movies don't allow historical accuracy to interfere with the making of a good story, and it is not unknown for writers, directors and studios of historical movies to play fast and loose with the truth. This might be why the Historical Database includes a control to filter the movies shown on the map by historical accuracy. For example if you set a low bar for historical accuracy and filter the map to only show movies with an 'historical accuracy' rating of 3 or less then the map shows you markers for the movies 'Braveheart' and 'Pirates of the Carribean'.

If you want to explore more movies set in specific locations then you can refer to the Film Map of the World. The Film Map of the World shows the 10 most Wikipedia'ed films which are set in every country in the world. On the map the ten biggest cities in each country are labelled to show one of the ten most popular movies which were set in that nation.

You can use the map to find the name of popular films made in the largest cities around the world. Some films are set in more than one location so the film name may appear in more than one country or city on the map. The top ten films in each country were determined by the average daily number of views of the film's entry on Wikipedia between 2015 and 2019.

1 comment:

Beestonian said...

I had the idea for this website just this morning after watching Shogun, being able to connect it thematically to 1492: Conquest of Paradise, Silence, and so on. I hope you continue working on this project, or provide a way to add more data to it! Perhaps even a way to build thematic connections between films.