A Companion to the Historical Film, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1118322649
  • ISBN-13: 9781118322642
  • DDC: 791.430
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 592 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released May 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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The first comprehensive collection of perspectives in a growing field of research, this essential volume seeks to answer questions that lie at the heart of our response to the genre. How does a narrative history film speak about the past? What does it reveal about the generation creating it? How can we tell its fictions from its truths? Can popular entertainment of this kind also be a serious purveyor of historical knowledge and understanding? Featuring contributions from international scholars in the fields of History, Film Studies, Anthropology, and Cultural and Literary Studies, this collection offers a variety of interdisciplinary approaches. A rich diversity of themes is taken into consideration, ranging from the nature of cinematic truth and the poetics and politics of the history film, to its interplay with written accounts of the past and its place in the classroom. The essays tackle inclusive subjects, such as how the form developed in different political contexts, alongside more focused assessments of individual films and auteurs. Prefaced with an introductory survey of the field by its two distinguished editors, this new Companion is a notable contribution to the field.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Halftitle Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Notes on Contributors.
1: History and the Medium of Film.
2: Politics and the Historical Film: Hotel Rwanda and the Form of Engagement.
3: History as Palimpsest: Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon (1975).
4: Flagging up History: The Past as a DVD Bonus Feature.
5: The History Film as a Mode of Historical Thought.
6: Filmmakers as Historians.
7: Julia's Resistant History: Women's Historical Films in Hollywood and the Legacy of Citizen Kane.
8: Mark Donskoi's Gorky Trilogy and the Stalinist Biopic.
9: The Subjects of History: Italian Filmmakers as Historians.
10: Andrzej Wajda as Historian.
11: Telling Lives: The Biopic.
12: Oliver Stone's Nixon: The Rise and Fall of a Political Gangster.
13: Authorial Histories: The Historical Film and the Literary Biopic.
14: The Biopic in Hindi Cinema.
15: The Lives and Times of the Biopic.
16: Cinema and the Nation.
17: Gang Wars: Warner Brothers' the Roaring Twenties Stars, News, and the New Deal.
18: State Terrorism on Film: Argentine Cinema During the First Years of Democracy (1983–1990).
19: Fossil Frontiers: American Petroleum History on Film.
20: Sounding the Depths of History: Opera and National Identity in Italian Film.
21: Wars and Revolutions.
22: Generational Memory and Affect in letters from Iwo Jima.
23: Post-Heroic Revolution: Depicting the 1989 Events in the Romanian Historical Film of the Twenty-First Century.
24: In Country: Narrating the Iraq War in Contemporary US Cinema.
25: Premodern Times.
26: Heart and Clock: Time and History in the Immortal Heart and Other Films about the Middle Ages.
27: The Anti-Samurai Film.
28: Slavery and the Postcolonial World.
29: The Politics of Cine-Memory: Signifying Slavery in the History Film.
30: The African Past on Screen: Moving beyond Dualism.
31: Colonial Legacies in Contemporary French Cinema: Jews and Muslims on Screen.
32: “What's Love Got to Do with It?”: Sympathy, Antipathy, and the Unsettling of Colonial American History in Film.