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History by Hollywood : The Use and Abuse of the American Past

ISBN: 9780252076893 | 0252076893
Edition: 2nd
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Univ of Illinois Pr
Pub. Date: 2/1/2010

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This newly updated edition ofHistory by Hollywoodexplores the question of what happens to history when Hollywood filmmakers get their hands on it. With a fresh look at recent films and television productions such asTitanic, Pearl Harbor, The Patriot,andJohn Adams,Robert Brent Toplin examines how filmmakers have interpreted American history through their movies. Toplin discusses how writers, producers, and directors become involved in making historical films, what influences their interpretations of the past, and the responses they make to the controversies their works excite. With a realistic appreciation of the challenges filmmakers face, he effectively measures the strengths and weaknesses of Hollywood's presentation of history in the filmsMississippi Burning, JFK, Sergeant York, Missing, Bonnie and Clyde, Patton, All the President's Men,andNorma Rae.


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