The Hollywood Historical Film / Edition 1

The Hollywood Historical Film / Edition 1

by Robert Burgoyne
     
 

The Hollywood Historical Film is an entertaining and erudite cinematic journey through the controversial portrayal of history on film — from the swashbuckling epics of the silent era to up-to-the-minute dramas like World Trade Center.

With thought-provoking analysis, film historian Robert Burgoyne reveals the dual nature of historic films

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Overview

The Hollywood Historical Film is an entertaining and erudite cinematic journey through the controversial portrayal of history on film — from the swashbuckling epics of the silent era to up-to-the-minute dramas like World Trade Center.

With thought-provoking analysis, film historian Robert Burgoyne reveals the dual nature of historic films — how they deepen our understanding of historical events while shaping and often altering our views of the past. Burgoyne examines the power of historic films to entertain and promote national myths while influencing public opinion. He also reviews how contemporary filmmakers like Oliver Stone cleverly restage the past to reframe our memories of actual historic events.

For students of film and history — and fans alike — The Hollywood Historical Film is a timely exploration of the world of historical films.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405146029
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/19/2008
Series:
New Approaches to Film Genre Series, #1
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.64(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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