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Revisioning History : Film and the Construction of a New Past - Robert A. Rosenstone

Revisioning History

Film and the Construction of a New Past

By: Robert A. Rosenstone (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st January 1995
ISBN: 9780691025346
Number Of Pages: 264

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In "Revisioning History" thirteen historians from around the world look at the historical film on its own terms, not as it compares to written history but as a unique way of recounting the past. How does film construct a historical world? What are the rules, codes, and strategies by which it brings the past to life? What does that historical construction mean to us? In grappling with these questions, each contributor looks at an example of New History cinema. Different from Hollywood costume dramas or documentary films, these films are serious efforts to come to grips with the past; they have often grown out of nations engaged in an intense quest for historical connections, such as India, Cuba, Japan, and Germany.

The volume begins with an introduction by Robert Rosenstone. Part I, "Contesting History," comprises essays by Geoff Eley (on the film "Distant Voices, Still Lives"), Nicholas B. Dirks ("The Home and the World"), Thomas Kierstead and Deidre Lynch ("Eijanaika"), and Pierre Sorlin ("Night of the Shooting Stars"). Contributing to Part II, "Visioning History," are Michael S. Roth ("Hiroshima Mon Amour"), John Mraz ("Memories of Underdevelopment"), Min Soo Kang ("The Moderns") and Clayton R. Koppes ("Radio Bikini"). Part III, "Revisioning History" contains essays by Denise J. Youngblood ("Repentance"), Rudy Koshar ("Hitler: A Film from Germany"), Rosenstone ("Walker"), Sumiko Higashi ("Walker" and "Mississippi Burning"), and Daniel Sipe ("From the Pole to the Equator").

"This excellent book of 13 articles explores how films construct an image of the past... Revisioning History asks: what are the particular set of rules by which the past in represented on moving images? How does the present influence the representation of the past in films? Dealing with such topics as colonialism and Nazism, the films were made in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America."--Virginia Quarterly Review

Acknowledgments
Introductionp. 3
Distant Voices, Still Lives: The Family Is a Dangerous Place: Memory, Gender, and the Image of the working Classp. 17
The Home and the World: The Invention of Modernity in Colonial Indiap. 44
Eijanaika: Japanese Modernization and the Carnival of Timep. 64
The Night of the Shooting Stars: Fascism, Resistance, and the Liberation of Italyp. 77
Hiroshima Mon Amour: You Must Remember Thisp. 91
Memories of Underdevelopment: Bourgeois Consciousness/Revolutionary Contextp. 102
The Moderns: Art, Forgery, and a Postmodern Narrative of Modernismp. 115
Radio Bikini: Making and Unmaking Nuclear Mythologyp. 128
Repentance: Stalinist Terror and the Realism of Surrealismp. 139
Hitler: A Film from Germany: Cinema, History, and Structures of Feelingp. 155
From the Pole to the Equator: A Vision of a Worldless Pastp. 174
Walker and Mississippi Burning: Postmodernism Versus Illusionist Narrativep. 188
Walker: The Dramatic Film as (Postmodern) Historyp. 202
Notesp. 215
List of Contributorsp. 243
Film Creditsp. 247
Indexp. 249
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ISBN: 9780691025346
ISBN-10: 0691025347
Series: Princeton Studies in Culture/Power/History (Paperback)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 1st January 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.57 x 15.57  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.38

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