The Resource The Columbia companion to American history on film : how the movies have portrayed the American past, edited by Peter C. Rollins

The Columbia companion to American history on film : how the movies have portrayed the American past, edited by Peter C. Rollins

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The Columbia companion to American history on film : how the movies have portrayed the American past
Title
The Columbia companion to American history on film
Title remainder
how the movies have portrayed the American past
Statement of responsibility
edited by Peter C. Rollins
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
American history has always been an irresistible source of inspiration for filmmakers, and today, for good or ill, most Americans sense of the past likely comes more from Hollywood than from the works of historians. In important films such as The Birth of a Nation (1915), -Roots (1977), Apocalypse Now (1979), and -Saving Private Ryan (1998), how much is entertainment and how much is rooted in historical fact? In The Columbia Companion to American History on Film, more than seventy scholars consider the gap between history and Hollywood. They examine how filmmakers have presented and interpreted the most important events, topics, eras, and figures in the American past, often comparing the film versions of events with the interpretations of the best historians who have explored the topic. Divided into eight broad categories: Eras; Wars and Other Major Events; Notable People; Groups; Institutions and Movements; Places; Themes and Topics; and Myths and Heroes. The volume features extensive cross-references, a filmography (of discussed and relevant films), notes, and a bibliography of selected historical works on each subject. The Columbia Companion to American History on Film is also an important resource for teachers, with extensive information for research or for course development appropriate for both high school and college students. Though each essay reflects the unique body of film and print works covering the subject at hand, every essay addresses several fundamental questions: What sources did the filmmaker use, and how did the film deviate (or remain true to) its sources? What are the key films on this topic? How have film interpretations of a particular historical topic changed, and what sorts of factors -technological, social, political, historiographical -have affected their evolution? Have filmmakers altered the historical record with a view to enhancing drama or to enhance the "truth" of their putative message?
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
791.43/658
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN1995.9.U64
LC item number
C65 2003
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
The Columbia companion to American history on film : how the movies have portrayed the American past, edited by Peter C. Rollins
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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Contents
Eras -- Wars and other major events -- Notable people -- Groups -- Institutions and movements -- Places -- Themes and topics -- Myths and heroes
Control code
ocm52258054
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
xxi, 671 p.
Isbn
9780231112222
Lccn
2003053086
Other physical details
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  • (OCoLC)52258054
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