Historical film studies is a burgeoning field, with a large and ever growing number of publications from across the globe. This book distills this mass of work, offering readers an introduction to just under 30 of the representative writings on the relationship between film and history.
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" distills this mass of work, offering readers an introduction to just under 30 of the most critical and representative writings on the relationship between film and history. Thematically structured, this Reader offers an overview of the varying ways in 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.
Introduction History on Film: Theory, Production, Reception Part One: Introducing Historical Film 1. The Film in History Pierre Sorlin 2. Film and the Challenge of Authenticity Natalie Zemon Davis 3. History in Images/History in Words Robert A. Rosenstone 4. History in Media and Memory Marcia Landy 5. Historiography and Historiophoty Hayden White Part Two: 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? Sander L. Gilman 11. Projecting the Holocaust into the Present Lawrence Baron Part Three: Historical Film and Identity 12. Prosthetic Memory/Traumatic Memory Robert Burgoyne 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 Monica Silveira Cyrino Part Four: Historical Film 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 Films Roland 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' Henry A. Giroux Part Five: Marketing and Receiving Historical Film 23. The Presence of the Past Roy Rosenzweig and David Thelen 24. Irony, Nostalgia and the Postmodern Linda Hutcheon 25. The Carole Lombard in Macy's Window Charles Eckert 26. Selling My Heart: Music and Cross-Promotion in Titanic Jeff Smith 27. On the Prospect of Writing Cinema History from Below Richard Maltby Filmography Index