History on Film/Film on History / Edition 1

History on Film/Film on History / Edition 1

by Robert Rosenstone
     
 

ISBN-10: 0582505844

ISBN-13: 9780582505841

Pub. Date: 03/16/2006

Publisher: Pearson

"History films have often been criticized by academics and journalists as inaccurate depictions of the past. Yet there is no escaping the fact that blockbuster history films, documentaries and docudramas are increasingly influential in shaping our understanding of historical people and events. The very controversies that erupt over so many historical films are…  See more details below

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"History films have often been criticized by academics and journalists as inaccurate depictions of the past. Yet there is no escaping the fact that blockbuster history films, documentaries and docudramas are increasingly influential in shaping our understanding of historical people and events. The very controversies that erupt over so many historical films are testament to the central role that films play in making history accessible." Robert A. Rosenstone argues that to leave history films out of the discussion of the meaning of the past is to ignore a major factor in our understanding of past events. He champions the dramatic feature as a legitimate way of doing history, even though it is largely fictional. He examines what history films convey about the past and how they convey it, demonstrating the need to learn how to read and understand this new visual world. Rosenstone integrates detailed analysis of individual history films, including Glory, Reds, October, and Schindler's List.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780582505841
Publisher:
Pearson
Publication date:
03/16/2006
Series:
History: Concepts,Theories and Practice Series
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1History on film1
Ch. 2To see the past11
Ch. 3Mainstream drama32
Ch. 4Innovative drama50
Ch. 5Documentary70
Ch. 6Telling lives89
Ch. 7Film maker/historian111
Ch. 8Engaging the discourse134
Ch. 9Film on history156

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