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Cinema and History : The Telling Of Stories - Mike Chopra-Gant

Cinema and History

The Telling Of Stories


Published: 30th June 2008
For Ages: 22+ years old
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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, Cinema and History discusses the historical resonance of films such as "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962), "Gangs of New York" (2002) and "United 93" (2006), investigates the parameters and limitations of fiction film as a way to access history.

History. It's just one thing after another, right? Not according to this slim tome, which argues filmed history is more about storytelling than facts. Using a selection of movies, lecturer Chopra-Gant asks some big questions about the relationship between the filcks and reality. Does "Rear Window" tell us anything about '50s America? Do epics like "Munich" give a skewed view of true events? Smartly written, it's a solid primer which asks whose story is history?'--Jamie Russell "Total Film "

Film history after the 'end of history'p. 1
Reception historiesp. 11
Case study: re-reading rear windowp. 29
History written with lightningp. 51
Putting history on filmp. 70
Conclusionsp. 98
Filmographyp. 108
Bibliographyp. 109
Indexp. 120

ISBN: 9781905674596
ISBN-10: 1905674597
Series: Short Cuts (Wallflower)
Audience: General
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 30th June 2008
Publisher: Wallflower Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 15.8  x 0.843
Weight (kg): 0.214