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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The Favourite upends the concept of a staid period piece, and with it, our understanding of history. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The True Ending of The Favourite: In Real Life, Lady Marlborough Got the Last Laugh," 5 Jan. 2019 In addition to viewing costumes, weaponry, utensils, tents and other period pieces, visitors could listen to accounts from reenactors who are ardent students of the nation’s bloodiest war. Denys Bucksten,, "Civil War Days in Lake County a trip back in time," 9 July 2018 This is particularly true for a period piece like Greenwood Avenue, a film set in 1920s Tusla, Oklahoma, which called for the restoration of luxurious 1920s fashions (think flapper dresses, tuxedos, top hats). Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, "'Greenwood Avenue' Costume Designer Talks the Importance of 1920s Black Fashion," 28 Sep. 2018 But fashion, especially dramatic period pieces, had been an escape. Amanda Fitzsimons, Glamour, "Batsheva Hay Is Redefining Sexy—With Prairie Dresses," 2 Aug. 2018 Keira Knightley period pieces are 100 percent my thing, and this one looks great. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "New trailers: Christopher Robin, Goosebumps 2, and more," 14 July 2018 Action series play into this, as do mysteries, dramas, period pieces, and every other genre under the sun., "Why Tyler's Brutal Finale Scene In 13 Reasons Why Season 2 Is So Upsetting," 29 May 2018 Amazon Prime is here with just the show that will quench your thirst for all things deeply British and deeply political with another based-on-true-events period piece A Very English Scandal., "If You Miss The Crown, Treat Yourself To A Very English Scandal," 29 June 2018 His macho bluster now seems a period piece—influenced by Ernest Hemingway and Nelson Algren, and paralleled by the antics of Ellison’s contemporaries like Norman Mailer and Hunter S. Thompson. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Harlan Ellison’s Death Raises a #MeToo Quandary," 2 July 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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to express emotion in a dramatic way

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