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You should watch To Live by Zhang Yimou if you like sagas/period pieces. One of the top 5 movies I have ever seen. It chronicles a couple's life from turn of century China through the revolution to the '60s. Not formulaic, and beautifully shot. Downside is it is long and has subtitles but it is so good you forget about time and start to not even need the subtitles by the end.
Keep the tissues handy . . .