by Sandra Alvarez May 13, 2014 Articles Staging Medievalisms: Touching the Middle Ages through Contemporary Performance Examining the Middle Ages through modern eyes: movies, TV, stage, tourism and books. How do we perform the Middle Ages? by Sandra Alvarez January 4, 2014 Articles Were the Peasants Really So Clean? The Middle Ages in Film Movies about the European Middle Ages are profoundly modern creations. They tend to reflect the anxieties and preoccupations of their modern creators rather than those of people who lived a thousand years ago.