Fan Theories From Period Films That Actually Make A Lot Of Sense

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One of the most prevailing genres within movies are period films. Whether it's set in the days of war within an ancient society or costumed as Elizabethean England, fans can never get enough. From unanswered questions to character quirks, some passionate fans managed to come up with some interesting theories surrounding the best period movies.

Check out these fan theories from period films below, and don't forget to vote!


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    27 VOTES

    Captain K Gave Rosie Up To The Gestapo So That He Could Save Jojo In 'Jojo Rabbit'

    From Redditor u/Iforgotmyother_name:

    Captain Klenedorf was in on it with Rosie, but ultimately gave her up to the Gestapo to save her son; Jojo.

    Klenedorf shows up right when the Gestapo gets to Jojo and Rosie's house because he knew they would discover the Jewish girl. The Captain covered for the Jewish girl posing as the dead sister but he knew the lie wouldn't hold up. Ultimately the truth would come out and they would all be dead.

    He threw that lie by exposing Rosie as an anti-Nazi sympathizer. She was hung and all that's left of her are her two kids that no one expects to do any real damage. This explains why he's so depressed about handing the passport back to Elsa despite covering her lie.

    27 votes
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    6 VOTES

    Dr. King Schultz Being A Dentist Has A Deeper Meaning In 'Django Unchained'

    From Redditor u/pgibso:

    In Django Unchained, one of our heros Christopher Waltz's Dr. King Schultz at one point was a Dentist-which seems like a strange offbeat choice to have a character have that as an occupation at first. Dig a little deeper and start looking at the naming conventions of the film.

    You have Dr. King Schultz, a third party outsider who's current job is to thwart the evils at hand and the spreading issue of racism and slavery running rampant throughout the south.

    Fine- he used to be a Dentist- whatever- this is Tarantino right? He's wrought with quirky decision making.

    But then take a look at who he's first hunting; The Brittle Brothers. Aside from a few things, the only thing that comes to mind when I hear the word Brittle is sweet sugary Brittle Candy- as in Peanut Brittle and Caramel brittle, all syrup cooked to sweet perfection. He finds and eradicates them with the help of freed slave Django, only to name his next target; Calvin Candie- owner of "Candie Land" In short- the south is an invented cavity laden cesspool. The infection of slavery is growing and Dr. King Schultz is the living remedy.

    Not to mention to one look at Calvin Candie and you see-maybe more than anyone-is in need of a Dentist. He sucks down Coconut juice- pure, cavities causing straight cane sugar. So in context you see, He IS the cavity and Dr. Schultz is there to to eradicate him.

    Tarantino uses the so-good but-so-bad for you analogy of candy as the infected spreading epidemic of slavery and racism in the south to highlight it's need to be stopped.

    6 votes
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    11 VOTES

    'Pride And Prejudice And Zombies' Is A Metaphor For The Rise Of The English Working Class

    'Pride And Prejudice And Zombies' Is A Metaphor For The Rise Of The English Working Class
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    From Redditor u/superclaude1:

    Jane Austen, who wrote the original Pride and Prejudice, is well known for not really featuring any characters who are lower class or servants. P&P&Z, however, features them a LOT and a lot of them are zombies. So, I think you could see the film's storyline (I've not read the book) as a metaphor for the rise of the working class and the Industrial Revolution in England. Some clues...

    • the film's prologue says that the zombie 'plague' could have come from Europe or the colonies. This is similar to the revolutionary ideas spurring the lower classes into action during the French Revolution and the American War of Independence.
    • nearly all the characters fighting the zombies are aristocrats or gentility, with Lady Catherine, the biggest snob in the original story, being the kind of leader of the anti-zombie army. Mr Darcy, also kind of a snob, starts to like Elizabeth when he sees how good she is at fighting zombies. He's also a big cheese in the fight and is actually a colonel or something.
    • On the other hand, the zombies are all servants, the dispossessed (the orphans), labourers etc; all lower or working class people who would be often seen as disposable or dangerous during the 19th century and before.
    • Mr Wickham turns out to have been bitten early and was a zombie all the time. This is similar to the development his character in the original P&P, where he has aspirations to gentility but is actually from the servant class (his father was a steward) and is a baddie all the time.
    • Some of the zombies attempt to form their own society, using religion to show that it might work. This is similar to how the working classes during the Industrial Revolution were inspired by Methodism/John Wesley etc to demand equality and freedom. These zombies actually seem pretty reasonable, but guess who decides to bring down their new society anyway? Mr Darcy, who is the person who would have the most to lose from the working classes gaining power.

    Older zombie movies such as Night of the Living Dead say a lot about racism and consumerism etc so maybe it’s not unusual for a zombie movie to have some social commentary, albeit historical.

    11 votes
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    11 VOTES

    Everything In 'Gangs Of New York' Becomes Crooked, Metaphorically And Literally, After Bill Takes Power

    From Redditor u/MorganPDunn:

    When Bill the Butcher took power, everything became crooked...literally!

    Bill has one eye missing, the glass eye has a metal eagle on it. He is uneven. He is also uneven when he prepares for battle, he scuffs his foot, and one is lower than the other. At the beginning of the movie we see more symmetry though, the two armies appear to be evenly matched, and snow makes all look white.

    Then Bill takes power. Amsterdam has gone from a deeply religious child to a man who throws his bible in the ocean, Amsterdam is no longer pure.

    As Happy Jack enters the room to take the money, his mouth and mustache are slanted. As he is a cop, this indicates that Five Points has become a crooked place of lawlessness.

    Bill the Butcher celebrates his victory over the priest, but also respects he priest very much. Indeed this is typical of villains, but is also an example of the crooked world of Bill. Amsterdam also seems to feel both ways about Bill, he toasts Bill even though he is angry about the romance between Bill and Jenny, he saves Bill's life (genuinely wanting to save his life), but also conspires to kill him. Amsterdam lives in a backwards world as The Butcher's apprentice.

    So eventually, Bill scars Amsterdam by burning one side of his face. Again, non-symmetrical, Amsterdam has been made crooked.

    It gets stranger. I'm not talking about dramatic camera angles here- actual stuff on the set is slanted during the reign of Bill. Think about it.

    11 votes
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    11 VOTES

    Maximus Rubs Dirt On His Hands In 'Gladiator' Because He's A Farmer

    From Redditor u/Literally2AngryToDie:

    In the movie Gladiator, Roman General Maximus Decimus Meridius, played by Russell Crowe, has a ritual before each battle. Multiple times before fighting, he kneels down, rubs dirt in between his hands, and smells it. This is because when he isn't soldiering, he's a farmer. His fellow soldier, Quintus, comments, "Maximus the farmer. I still have trouble imagining that." The dirt probably gives his hands a little better grip on his sword(s), but I think the main reason is he misses his home, and he's used to the smell of dirt on his hands.

    11 votes
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    10 VOTES

    Tommy Was A Mole In 'Dunkirk'

    From Redditor u/DEUSONE:

    TL;DR: Tommy is the mole since he was in a patrol that shouldn't have existed in the first place judging by other info from the film.

    So chapter 1 is called The Mole, but it could be in reference to any number of things, like the dug in positions of Allied forces on the beaches (or the mole on Tommy's face...), so I didn't quite put this together until my second viewing.

    There's a soldier in the scene where the fishing boat is sinking proposing that the Frenchman is the spy, not a spy, implying that the Brits know of a spy among their infantry. So I think that "The Mole" refers to said spy, being the main character of that chapter, Tommy.

    This is because at the beginning of the chapter he is walking with his unit in front of the French defensive lines, which makes no sense if he truly is British since it is said that "the French are holding the line". The scene is supposed to convey how the French gunners are jumpy and uneasy, but it would make more sense that they were shooting at a patrol that they knew wasn't ever supposed to be there, full of undercover Germans.

    As for Tommy's job as a spy, he would probably be reporting troop movements of the platoon to which he had been assigned.

    10 votes