1st Edition

The History on Film Reader

ISBN 9780415462198
Published June 10, 2009 by Routledge
336 Pages

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Book Description

Historical film studies is a burgeoning field, with a large and ever growing number of publications from across the globe. The History on Film Reader distils this mass of work, offering readers an introduction to just under thirty of the most critical and representative writings on the relationship between film and history. Films discussed include: Gladiator, Forrest Gump, Pan's Labyrinth, Titanic and Life is Beautiful.

Thematically structured, this Reader offers an overview of the varying ways scholars see film as contributing to our understanding of history, from their relationship with written histories, to their particular characteristics and their role in education, indoctrination and entertainment. It draws together the contributions of scholars from a variety of fields, such as Pierre Sorlin, Natalie Zemon Davis, Robert Rosenstone, Marcia Landy, Hayden White, Jean Baudrillard, Roland Barthes, Philip Rosen, Roy Rosenzweig and David Thelen. Together, these writings represent a novel combination of insights from film theory, cultural studies, historiography, the history of cinema and film promotion and reception.

Including an introduction which describes the field of historical film studies, section introductions which contextualize the chapters and a filmography, this is an essential collection for all those interested in the relationship between history and film.

Table of Contents

Introduction Marnie Hughes-Warrington History on Film: Theory, Production, Reception  Part I: Introducting Historical Film  1. The Film in History: Restaging the Past  Pierre Sorlin 2. Film and the Challenge of Authenticity Natalie Zemon Davis 3. History in Images/History in Words  Robert Rosenstone 4. History and Media and Memory Marcia Landy  5. Historiography and Historiophoty Hayden White   Part II: Shaping Historical Film  6. Historical Fiction: A Body Too Much? Jean Comolli  7.  The Emergence of Cinematic Time Mary A. Doane  8. Flashbacks in Film Maureen Turim 9. The Time-Image Gilles Deleuze  10. Can the Shoah be Funny? Some Thoughts on Recent and Older Films S. L. Gilman  11. Projecting the Holcaust into the Present, Lawrence Baron  Part III: Historical Film and Identity  12. Prosthetic Memory / Traumatic Memory Robert Burgoyne Cinema  13 Never Having to Say You're Sorry: Rambo's Rewriting of the Vietnam War D. Desser and G. Studies  14. In the Combat Zone Marilyn Young  15. Revisiting the Round Table: Arthur’s American Dream Susan Aronstein  16. Gladiator and Contemporary America (2000) Monica Silveira Cyrino  Part IV: Historical Films as Reality, Documentary and Propaganda  17. History: A Retro Scenario  Jean Baudrillard  18. Detail and Historicity in Mainstream Cinema Philip Rosen  19. The Romans in Film  Rolans Barthes   20. Historical Authenticity in Popular Films Set in the Past Michelle Pierson  21. Truth, History, and the New Documentary Linda Williams  22. Memory and Pedagogy in the ‘Wonderful World of Disney H. A. Giroux  Part V: Marketing and Receiving Historical Film  23. Irony, Nostalgia and the Postmodern L. Hutcheon  24. The Carole Lombard in Macy's Window C. Eckert  25. Selling My Heart: Music and Cross-Promotion in Titanic J. Smith  26. The Presence of the Past Roy Rosenzweig and David Thelen  Filmography. Index




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Marnie Hughes-Warrington is Associate Professor in Modern History at Macquarie University. She is the author of 'How Good an Historian Shall I Be?'(2003), History Goes to the Movies (2007), and Fifty Key Thinkers on History (2008), and is the editor of Palgrave Advances in World Histories (2005).