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Author LinkChopra-Gant, Mike.
Title LinkCinema and history : the telling of stories / Michael Chopra-Gant.
Imprint London ; New York : Wallflower, 2008.
Description 122 p. :  ill. ;  20 cm.
Type of Material Monograph
Series ( Short cuts series ; ; 39 )
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 109-119), filmography (p. 108) and index.
Contents Contents: Introduction. Film history after the ’end of history’ -- 1. Reception histories -- 2. Case study: re-reading rear window -- 3. History written with lightning -- 4. Putting history on film -- 5. Conclusions.
Summary "With its unparalleled capacity for realism, cinema seems uniquely positioned to bring history to life for a mass audience. Whether retelling stories about past events or reflecting more contemporary issues, cinema has been arguably the primary source of historical knowledge for many people from its earliest years right up to the present. This volume examines some of the key historical issues raised by popular film, including what film might tell us about the past, the reliability of movies as sources of historical knowledge, and how film might compare to more ’serious’ works of history. Combining historical methods with insights from linguistics and film studies, this volume discusses the historical resonance of films such as Lawrence of Arabia (1962). Gangs of New York (2002) and United 93 (2006), and investigates the parameters and limitations of fiction film as a way to access history."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject LinkHistorical films -- History and criticism.
LinkMotion pictures and history.
LinkMotion pictures in historiography.
Subject Linkpmc

System Number 000677244
ISBN Link9781905674596 (pbk.)
Link1905674597 (pbk.)

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