History on Film / Edition 1

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Overview

Can films be used as historical evidence? Do historical films make good or bad history? Are documentaries more useful to historians than historical drama?

Written from an international perspective, this book offers a lucid introduction to the ways films are made and used, cumulating with the exploration of the fundamental question, what is history and what is it for?

Incorporating film analysis, advertisements, merchandise and internet forums; and ranging from late-nineteenth century short films to twenty-first century DVD ‘special editions’, this survey evaluates the varied ways in which filmmakers, promoters, viewers and scholars understand film as history. From Saving Private Ryan to Picnic at Hanging Rock to Pocahontas, History Goes to the Movies considers that history is not simply to be found in films, but in the perceptions and arguments of those who make and view them.

This helpful introductory text blends historical and methodological issues with real examples to create a systematic guide to issues involved in using historical film in the study of history. History Goes to the Movies is a much-needed overview of an increasingly popular subject.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415328289
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/1/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Marnie Hughes-Warrington is Senior Lecturer in Modern History at Macquarie University, Australia. She is author of Fifty Key Thinkers on History (Routledge, 2000), 'How Good an Historian Shall I Be?': R.G. Collingwood, the Historical Imagination and Education (2003) and editor of Palgrave Advances in World Histories (2005).

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Table of Contents


List of figures     viii
Acknowledgements     ix
Permissions     xi
Introduction: why history on film?     1
Words and images, images and words     16
Genre     36
Pasts, presents, futures     58
Identity     80
Reality     101
Documentary     122
Propaganda     144
Selling history     165
Conclusion: beyond 'historiophoty': film as history     187
Glossary     195
Filmography     198
Index     211
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