The Columbia Companion to American History on Film

By Peter C. Rollins

American heritage has regularly been an impossible to resist resource of suggestion for filmmakers, and at the present time, for reliable or in poor health, such a lot Americans'sense of the earlier most likely comes extra from Hollywood than from the works of historians. In very important motion pictures reminiscent of The delivery of a Nation (1915), Roots (1977), Apocalypse Now (1979), and Saving deepest Ryan (1998), how a lot is leisure and what kind of is rooted in historic truth? In The Columbia significant other to American historical past on Film, greater than seventy students contemplate the space among background and Hollywood. They study how filmmakers have offered and interpreted an important occasions, subject matters, eras, and figures within the American prior, frequently evaluating the movie types of occasions with the interpretations of the simplest historians who've explored the subject.

Divided into 8 large categories―Eras; Wars and different significant occasions; outstanding humans; teams; associations and events; locations; topics and themes; and Myths and Heroes―the quantity gains vast cross-references, a filmography (of mentioned and appropriate films), notes, and a bibliography of chosen ancient works on every one topic. The Columbia spouse to American heritage on Film can also be a big source for academics, with large details for study or for path improvement applicable for either highschool and faculty students.

Though every one essay displays the original physique of movie and print works masking the topic handy, each essay addresses a number of basic questions:

• What are the foremost movies in this topic?

• What assets did the filmmaker use, and the way did the movie deviate (or stay real to) its assets?

• How have movie interpretations of a specific old subject replaced, and what forms of factors―technological, social, political, historiographical―have affected their evolution?

• Have filmmakers altered the ancient list in order to bettering drama or to reinforce the "truth" in their putative message?

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