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The Hollywood Historical Film / Edition 1
     

The Hollywood Historical Film / Edition 1

by Robert Burgoyne
 

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ISBN-10: 1405146036

ISBN-13: 9781405146036

Pub. Date: 02/19/2008

Publisher: Wiley

A comprehensive analysis of the historical film—a popular and controversial genre that’s been with us since the early days of cinema—and Hollywood’s unique ability to reshape our viewpoints while it sensually recreates the past.

  • Provides a complete guide to the unique characteristics of historical film, distinguishing among

Overview

A comprehensive analysis of the historical film—a popular and controversial genre that’s been with us since the early days of cinema—and Hollywood’s unique ability to reshape our viewpoints while it sensually recreates the past.

  • Provides a complete guide to the unique characteristics of historical film, distinguishing among sub-genres such as historical epics, war films, biographies, topical films, and meta-historic works like Nixon and JFK
  • Offers detailed analyses of groundbreaking films such as Spartacus, Schindler’s List, and United 93
  • Examines the dual role of the historical film to entertain and educate, with its tendency to arouse critical and popular controversy
  • Stimulates discussion about Hollywood’s power to persuade and reshape our views of the past

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405146036
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/19/2008
Series:
New Approaches to Film Genre Series , #2
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.05(h) x 0.44(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

1. The Cinematic Writing of History: An Overview.

2. The War Film: Saving Private Ryan.

3. The Epic Film: Gladiator and Spartacus.

4. The Biographical Film: Schindler’s List.

5. The Metahistorical Film: JFK.

6. The Topical Historical Film: United 93 and World Trade Center.

Index

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