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History in the Media: Film and Television

Can films tweak the facts and still be faithful to history? How much of what they present as true is inaccurate or distorted? This volume looks at the growing research exploring these questions.
History in the Media: Film and Television
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Can films tweak the facts and still be faithful to history? How much of what they present as true is inaccurate or distorted? "History in the Media: Film and Television" looks at the growing research exploring these questions. It is the only reference guide that discuss the latest scholarship on history in film and on television and evaluates specific films and programs for quality, accuracy, and ideological biases. Coverage ranges from biopics ("Gandhi"), meticulous restagings ("Apollo 13"), and true crime ("Bonnie and Clyde") to documentaries such as the World War II newsreels "Why We Fight" and Ken Burns's "The Civil War." Historic dramas come up big at the Oscars. Cable television offers a History and a Biography channel. Hollywood blockbusters depicting historical events are huge moneymakers. It is the ideal time to look at what happens when events and people become stories and characters, and "History in the Media" is the ideal introduction to that study.
Robert Niemi, PhD, is associate professor of English and codirector of the American Studies Program at St. Michael's College, Colchester, VT.
"[A]n important reference for any film student as well as a popular pick for browsers." - Midwest Book Review
Author
Robert Niemi
Short Title
HIST IN THE MEDIA
Pages
501
Publisher
ABC-CLIO
Language
English
ISBN-10
157607952X
ISBN-13
9781576079522
Media
Book
Format
Hardcover
DEWEY
791.436
Illustrations
Yes
Year
2004
Publication Date
2004-03-31
Imprint
ABC-CLIO Ltd
Subtitle
A Reference Handbook
Place of Publication
Oxford
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Edition
1st
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