period piece


Definition of period piece

: a work (as of literature, art, furniture, cinema, or music) whose special value lies in its evocation of a historical period

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And for all the story’s contemporary resonance, the opera felt like a period piece. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘The Central Park Five’ Review: Questions of Crime and Punishment," 18 June 2019 But to make that period piece his own, the filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos laced the story with invented touches that reflect his darkly comic style. Caryn James, WSJ, "In ‘The Favourite,’ Filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos Upends a Period Piece," 22 Sep. 2018 The better comparison to Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is the director’s Inglourious Basterds, another period piece released in the summer. Paula Bernstein, Fortune, "Will Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Live Up to the Box Office Hype?," 24 July 2019 Just before exiting Chisago City, fine jewelry lovers may want to stop at Mueller Jewelers, where designer names, period pieces and trending pieces are among the offerings. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Day trip to Chisago City, Lindstrom and Center City for shopping, dining with Scandinavian flair," 7 July 2019 An updated kitchen works seamlessly with period pieces and a second-floor patio provides a spot for outdoor entertaining. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Stunning midcentury from Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice asks $855K," 24 June 2019 Well the main difference is that the O.G. Spanish show was a period piece, set in the early 1900s when there was an actual aristocracy in Spain. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "'Grand Hotel' Will Be Your New TV Obsession," 17 June 2019 Sunset, the forty-two-year-old French-Hungarian filmmaker László Nemes’s follow-up to his astonishing 2015 debut Son of Saul, is a gothic melodrama and a modernist period piece, set on the eve of World War I and shadowed by impending doom. The New York Review of Books, "J. Hoberman," 7 Mar. 2019 After all, the Ryan Murphy-Brad Falchuk period piece already made history by hiring more trans performers for its series regular cast than any other TV show ever., "What Makes Pose's Biggest Relationship Special Isn't What You Think," 11 June 2018

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1909, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of period piece

: something (such as a play, a movie, or a piece of furniture) that is from, set in, or typical of a particular time in history

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