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Samuel Taylor Coleridge Movies & TV

The Ancient Mariner (1925)

You'll have to look hard to find a copy of this black and white film adaptation of Coleridge's epic poem. The film stars the iconic Clara Bow as Doris (a character created for the film - there is nobody named "Doris" in the original poem).

Rime of The Ancient Mariner (1977)

Orson Welles narrates this version of Coleridge's poem, as animated versions of the original nineteenth century illustrations for "Mariner" fill the screen. Another hard-to-find gem for true cinema geeks.

Clouds of Glory: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1978)

Apparently "Mariner" is a really popular title for Coleridge-themed movies. This movie by filmmaker Ken Russell focuses on the harrowing effects of Coleridge's opium addiction, which robbed him of his health and his career.

Pandaemonium (2000)

This film from director Julien Temple is about the friendship between Wordsworth and Coleridge. It is set during the period when Coleridge wrote "Kubla Khan" while battling his addiction to opium. The beautiful set helps you understand why the Romantics found nature so inspiring.

The Romantics (2006)

This BBC miniseries chronicles the drama-filled lives of the English Romantics. Martin Savage plays Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the brilliant but troubled boy genius of the Romantics.


In Xanadu did Olivia Newton-John a pleasure dome decree. The title of this campy classic comes from Coleridge's "Kubla Khan" ("In Xanadu did Kubla Khan/A stately pleasure dome decree"), which is quoted in the movie. There is no way to describe this film. Ask your parents.

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