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Movies Set in the 1930s

Ask The Dust (2006) Rating: R

Starring Salma Hayek and Colin Farrell.

Mexican beauty Camilla hopes to rise above her station by marrying a wealthy American. That is complicated by meeting Arturo Bandini, a first-generation Italian hoping to land a writing career and a blue-eyed blonde on his arm. 117 minutes.

Atonement (2007) Rating: R

Starring Saoirse Ronan and Jame McAvoy.

Fledgling writer Briony Tallis, as a 13-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit. Based on the British romance novel by Ian McEwan. 123 miutes.

The Aviator (2005) Rating: PG-13

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale.

It follows the life of Howard Hughes as the twenty-something millionaire, who already made a fortune in oil-drilling bits. He comes to Hollywood to get into the picture business. He becomes more bold and more eccentric and gains more powerful enemies. 170 minutes.

Bright Young Things (2003) Rating: R

Starring Emily Mortimer and Michael Sheen.

An adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's novel "Vile Bodies," is a look into the lives of a young novelist, his would-be lover, and a host of young people who beautified London in the 1930s. 106 minutes.

Easy Virtue (2008) Rating: PG-13

Starring Colin Firth and Jessica Biel.

A young Englishman marries a glamorous American. When he brings her home to meet the parents, she arrives like a blast from the future - blowing their entrenched British stuffiness out the window. 97 minutes.

A Good Woman (2004) Rating: PG

Starring Scarlett Johansson and Helen Hunt.

While retaining her secret identity, the illustrious Mrs. Erlynne (Hunt) saves Lady Windemere (Johansson) from making a grand social faux-pas with the scoundrelly Lord Darlington (Moore). 93 minutes.

Gosford Park (2001) Rating: R

Starring Stephen Fry and Maggie Smith.

Multiple storylined drama set in 1932, showing the lives of upstairs guest and downstairs servants at a party in a country house in England. 137 minutes.

Head in the Clouds (2005) Rating: R

Starring Charlize Theron and Penelope Cruz, Stuart Townsend.

In the 1930's, two lifelong lovers are forced to choose between passion and personal convictions as their fate is intertwined with the history of a world at war. 121 minutes.

Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day (2008) Rating: PG-13

Starring Frances McDormand and Amy Adams.

Guinevere Pettigrew, a middle-aged London governess, finds herself unfairly dismissed from her job. An attempt to gain new employment catapults her into the glamorous world and dizzying social whirl of an American actress and singer, Delysia Lafosse. 92 minutes.

Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005) Rating: R

Starring Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins.

Laura Henderson buys an old London theater and opens it up as the Windmill, a performance hall which goes down in history for, among other things, its all-nude revues. 103 minutes.

Public Enemies (2009) Rating: R

Starring Johnny Depp and Marion Cotillard.

The Feds try to take down notorious American gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd during a booming crime wave in the 1930s. 140 minutes.

Tea With Mussolini (1999) Rating: PG

Starring Cher and Maggie Smith.

Semi-autobiographical tale from the early life of director Franco Zeffirelli. An illegitimate child is raised by an Englishwoman in pre-WWII Fascist Italy, part of an English community in Florence presided over by a diplomat's widow. Elsa Morganthal Strauss-Armistan is a wealthy American collector of modern art who visits these "Scorpioni" on occasion. 117 minutes.

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