Writing History in Film

Writing History in Film sets out the narratological, semiological, rhetorical, and philosophical bases for understanding how film can function as a form of historical interpretation and representation.

Author: William Guynn

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780203960554

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 232

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Historical film has been an important genre since the earliest silent films. The French Revolution, the American Civil War, the conquest of the New World, World War II--all have been repeatedly represented in film. But how do we distinguish between fictionalized spectacle and authentic historical representation? Writing History in Film sets out the narratological, semiological, rhetorical, and philosophical bases for understanding how film can function as a form of historical interpretation and representation. With case studies and an interdisciplinary approach, William Guynn examines the key issues facing film students and scholars, historians, and anyone interested in how we see our historical past.

The Historical Film

Toward that end , the essays are selected to make available to both the general
and the specialized reader representative examples of how media critics and
historians write about history as it is portrayed in film and television . The essays

Author: Marcia Landy

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0485300966

Category: Philosophy

Page: 350

View: 998


This aims to show how media critics and historians have written about history as portrayed in cinema and television by historical films and documentaries, focusing on what it means to "read" films historically and the colonial experience as shown in post-colonial film.

Film Study

HISTORICAL EVIDENCE We come now to another major issue : Whether or not
films in general and war films in ... seminar entitled " The Philosophy of History
and the Writing of Film History " conducted at the University of Iowa during the ...

Author: Frank Manchel

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 083863186X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 4

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The four volumes of Film Study include a fresh approach to each of the basic categories in the original edition. Volume one examines the film as film; volume two focuses on the thematic approach to film; volume three draws on the history of film; and volume four contains extensive appendices listing film distributors, sources, and historical information as well as an index of authors, titles, and film personalities.

Writing Material Culture History

Although visual interpretations of history – whether through documentary or
drama – are now a long-established and highly successful genre of filmmaking,
many academic historians remain uncomfortable with them and unsure about
film's ...

Author: Anne Gerritsen

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472518590

Category: Art

Page: 304

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Writing Material Culture History examines the methodologies currently used in the historical study of material culture. Touching on archaeology, art history, literary studies and anthropology, the book provides history students with a fundamental understanding of the relationship between artefacts and historical narratives. The role of museums, the impact of the digital age and the representations of objects in public history are just some of the issues addressed in a book that brings together key scholars from around the world. A range of artefacts, including a 16th-century Peruvian crown and a 19th-century Alaskan Sea Lion overcoat, are considered, illustrating the myriad ways in which objects and history relate to one another. Bringing together scholars working in a variety of disciplines, this book provides a critical introduction for students interested in material culture, history and historical methodologies.

Movies and Methods

Branigan's 1979 article is an ... used to organize history, Branigan examines four
particular examples of film history writing in order to compare and contrast their ...

Author: Bill Nichols

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520054091

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 764

View: 206


Fifty theoretical essays by distinctively original and influential film critics and filmmakers are grouped in categories having to do with general considerations, structuralism-semiology, political factors, genre, feminism, auteur theory, and mise-en-scene


Branigan's 1979 article is an ... used to organize history, Branigan examines four
particular examples of film history writing in order to compare and contrast their ...

Author: Bill Nichols

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520054083


Page: 753

View: 150


Explorations in Film Theory

CINEMA. HISTORY. Will Straw For it is no longer a question of feeble conjecture,
hearsay and memory, of dead scrabbling ... This felt necessity for an increased
rigor in the writing of film history, however, may be linked in part to the manner in

Author: Ron Burnett

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253312825

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 289

View: 892


Explorations in Film Theory is a selection of some of the most influential articles which originally appeared in CinA(c)-Tracts -- one of the journals which helped define contemporary film theory. The articles represent crucial ideas and theories in the areas of film and communications studies, feminist studies, and film history. They challenge the way theoreticians and filmmakers have not come to grips with sexual difference, and they raise questions about image and how images produce meaning. Bertolt Brecht, Walter Benjamin, Dziga-Vertov, pornography, educational television, and the New German Cinema of the 1970s are some of the topics covered.

The War on Terror and American Popular Culture

Evelyn Sobchack (New York: Routledge, 1996); William Guyann, Writing History
in Film (New York: Routledge, 2006). 24. David Rose, ''Using Terror to Fight
Terror,'' The Observer, February 26,2006, ...

Author: Andrew Schopp

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 9780838642078

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 300

View: 378


The War on Terror and American Popular Culture is a collection of original essays by academics and researchers from around the world that examines the complex interrelation between the Bush administration's "War on Terror" and American popular culture. Written by experts in the fields of literature, film, and cultural studies, this book examines in detail how popular culture reflects concerns and anxieties about the September 11 attacks and the war those attacks generated, how it interrogates the individual and collective impacts that war has wrought, how it might challenge or critique current policy, and how it might reinforce or endorse the war and its sociopolitical paradigms.

Re Writing Jesus Christ in 20th Century Fiction and Film

... the Christian doctrine devised by Paul and the 'falsifications' of the gospel
writers, in order to get at the historical truth ... source'.44 But Kazantzakis clearly
read widely and voraciously in biblical history and criticism while writing the
novel, ...

Author: Graham Holderness

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472573339

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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At the heart of Christian theology lies a paradox unintelligible to other religions and to secular humanism: that in the person of Jesus, God became man, and suffered on the cross to effect humanity's salvation. In his dual nature as mortal and divinity, and unlike the impassable God of other monotheisms, Christ thus became accessible to artistic representation. Hence the figure of Jesus has haunted and compelled the imagination of artists and writers for 2,000 years. This was never more so than in the 20th Century, in a supposedly secular age, when the Jesus of popular fiction and film became perhaps more familiar than the Christ of the New Testament. In Re-Writing Jesus: Christ in 20th Century Fiction and Film Graham Holderness explores how writers and film-makers have sought to recreate Christ in work as diverse as Anthony Burgess's Man of Nazareth and Jim Crace's Quarantine, to Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ and Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ. These works are set within a longer and broader history of 'Jesus novels' and 'Jesus films', a lineage traced back to Ernest Renan and George Moore, and explored both for their reflections of contemporary Christological debates, and their positive contributions to Christian theology. In its final chapter, the book draws on the insights of this tradition of Christological representation to creatively construct a new life of Christ, an original work of theological fiction that both subsumes the history of the form, and offers a startlingly new perspective on the biography of Christ.

The Changing Face of Evil in Film and Television

He did a series of interviews that focused on the role of film in writing history,2
and he also published a heavily annotated screenplay replete with copies of
Watergate documents, transcripts, and essays by key players during the Nixon

Author: Martin F. Norden

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9789042023246

Category: Computers

Page: 244

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The popular media of film and television surround us daily with images of evil - images that have often gone critically unexamined. In the belief that people in ever-increasing numbers are turning to the media for their understanding of evil, this lively and provocative collection of essays addresses the changing representation of evil in a broad spectrum of films and television programmes. Written in refreshingly accessible and de-jargonised prose, the essays bring to bear a variety of philosophical and critical perspectives on works ranging from the cinema of famed director Alfred Hitchcock and the preternatural horror films Halloween and Friday the 13th to the understated documentary Human Remains and the television coverage of the immediate post-9/11 period. The Changing Face of Evil in Film and Television is for anyone interested in the moving-image representation of that pervasive yet highly misunderstood thing we call evil.ContentsMartin F. NORDEN: Introduction Matthew SOAR: The Bite at the Beginning: Encoding Evil Through Film Title Design Linda BRADLEY SALAMON: Screening Evil in History: Rope, Compulsion, Scarface, Richard III Mike FRANK: The Radical Monism of Alfred Hitchcock Cynthia FREELAND: Natural Evil in the Horror Film: Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds Matt HILLS and Steven Jay SCHNEIDER: ?The Devil Made Me Do It!?: Representing Evil and Disarticulating Mind/Body in the Supernatural Serial Killer Film Thomas HIBBS: Virtue, Vice, and the Harry Potter UniverseRobin R. MEANS COLEMAN and Jasmine Nicole COBB: Training Day and The Shield: Evil Cops and the Taint of Blackness Martin F. NORDEN: The ?Uncanny? Relationship of Disability and Evil in Film and Television Carlo CELLI: Comedy and the Holocaust in Roberto Benigni's Life is Beautiful/La vita e bella Garnet C. BUTCHART:. On the Void: The Fascinating Object of Evil in Human RemainsJohn F. STONE:. The Perfidious President and ?The Beast?: Evil in Oliver Stone's NixonGary R. EDGERTON, William B. HART, and Frances HASSENCAHL: Televising 9/11 and Its Aftermath: The Framing of George W. Bush's Faith-Based Politics of Good and Evil Bibliography Notes on Contributors Index


I love films so much that I'd almost* just as soon watch a good film on the topic as
read about it. I begin this book in the next chapter by spelling out the nature of the
respective crafts of historical writing and film making. I utilize the general ...

Author: John N. Dunbar, Ph.D.

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781491868720

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 438

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In the first book of its kind in the English language historian Dr. John Dunbar provides an overview of attempts throughout film history to put historical topics on screen in the United States and Great Britain. The earliest attempts were biographic films about famous people and some great epic films such as Gone With the Wind that were not claimed to be accurate histories of a period. World War Two paved the way for post war developments through the evolution of the documentary film that were often accurate portrayals of events in the war. After WW 2 a number of social, political, technical and economic developments opened the way for the making of historically accurate films. The dissolution of the Studio System in Hollywood, the disappearance of film censor boards, the arrival of television and later the internet, the appearance of greater market segments than those traditionally served by motion picture all opened up market opportunities for films of greater historical accuracy than had traditionally been available. The emergence of film makers and production companies dedicated to the accurate telling of history now engages the resources of professional historians in the making of films of unequalled accuracy. As items in the modern world of media literacy and political discourse, these films play an important role in the sustenance of the open society in which the ideals of the European Enlightenment can be continually realized.

Film Music

Analysing Film Music Analysing films is something that requires learning by
doing : by watching and writing about films for oneself , and , equally important ...
Books and articles have been written about the history of film music and its theory

Author: Peter Larsen

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 1861893418

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 254

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Peter Larsen traces the history of music in film and discusses central theoretical questions concerning its narrative and psychological functions. He looks in depth at film classics such a Howard Hawks's 'The Big Sleep' and Hitchcock's 'North by Northwest' as well as later blockbusters such as 'Star Wars' and 'Bladerunner'.

The Complete History of American Film Criticism

“He is undoubtedly one of our best and most serious critics, a writer whose
general soundness and catholicity of taste will have to be reckoned with if
anyone should undertake to write an intellectual history of this fevered period in

Author: Jerry Roberts

Publisher: Santa Monica Press

ISBN: 9781595809223

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 480

View: 843


The Complete History of American Film Criticism is a chronicle of the lives and work of the most influential film critics of the past 100 years. From the first movie review in the New York Times in 1896 through the Silent Era, the pre- and postwar years, the Film Generation of the 1960s, the Golden Age of the 1970s, and into the 21st century, critics have educated generations of discriminating moviegoers on the differences between good films and bad. They call attention to great directors, cinematographers, production designers, screenwriters, and actors, and shed light on their artistic visions and storytelling sensibilities. People interested in what the great film critics had to say have usually been shortchanged as to their backgrounds, and just why they are qualified to sit in judgment. Using mini-biographies, placed within a chronological framework, The Complete History of American Film Criticism is the biography of a profession whose cultural impact has left an indelible mark on the 20th century’s most significant art form.

Writing History with Lightning

Instead of just separating fact from fiction, the essays contemplate the extent to which movies generate and promulgate collective memories of American history.

Author: Matthew C. Hulbert

Publisher: LSU Press

ISBN: 9780807170908

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 352

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Films possess virtually unlimited power for crafting broad interpretations of American history. Nineteenth-century America has proven especially conducive to Hollywood imaginations, producing indelible images like the plight of Davy Crockett and the defenders of the Alamo, Pickett’s doomed charge at Gettysburg, the proliferation and destruction of plantation slavery in the American South, Custer’s fateful decision to divide his forces at Little Big Horn, and the onset of immigration and industrialization that saw Old World lifestyles and customs dissolve amid rapidly changing environments. Balancing historical nuance with passion for cinematic narratives, Writing History with Lightning confronts how movies about nineteenth-century America influence the ways in which mass audiences remember, understand, and envision the nation’s past. In these twenty-six essays—divided by the editors into sections on topics like frontiers, slavery, the Civil War, the Lost Cause, and the West—notable historians engage with films and the historical events they ostensibly depict. Instead of just separating fact from fiction, the essays contemplate the extent to which movies generate and promulgate collective memories of American history. Along with new takes on familiar classics like Young Mr. Lincoln and They Died with Their Boots On, the volume covers several films released in recent years, including The Revenant, 12 Years a Slave, The Birth of a Nation, Free State of Jones, and The Hateful Eight. The authors address Hollywood epics like The Alamo and Amistad, arguing that these movies flatten the historical record to promote nationalist visions. The contributors also examine overlooked films like Hester Street and Daughters of the Dust, considering their portraits of marginalized communities as transformative perspectives on American culture. By surveying films about nineteenth-century America, Writing History with Lightning analyzes how movies create popular understandings of American history and why those interpretations change over time.

New Cinema New Media

Cemil Filmer (1984) and other veterans of Turkish cinema have published
personal memoirs (Akad, Refiğ, Ün). The most recent is by Fikret Hakan (2010). d
) History of film periods: This type of history is written by isolating a turning point
in ...

Author: Murat Akser

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443859660

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 310

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This volume covers approaches concerning the relationship between innovation in cinema and the politics of filmmaking in new cinema practices in Turkey. The contributors focus on historiography, genres, mainstream and art cinema production, and transnational cinema, as well as changing narratives and identities. The new cinema movement in Turkey is here analysed from perspectives of new technologies, new production and distribution structures, the impact of film training, the televisual industry, new actors in commercial and art cinema, as well as the impact of the film festival circuit. Additionally, recurring themes of memory, trauma, and identity are dealt with from multidisciplinary angles. The volume covers in depth analyses of the internationally renowned filmmakers Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Fatih Akın, Semih Kaplanoğlu, Reha Erdem, Zeki Demirkubuz, Yeşim Ustaoğlu and Derviş Zaim. A timely study on the centenary of Turkish cinema in 2014, students of Middle Eastern Studies, Film Studies, Cultural Studies, Urban Studies, Gender Studies, and Identity Studies will find this volume extremely relevant to their work.

The Social History of Art Naturalism impressionism the film age

Though Hauser refuses any simplistic notion that history is a simple unfolding or
unravelling of necessary, or 'teleological' stages, phases ... Though its first XXV
sentence declares the purpose of writing history to be the Introduction to volume

Author: Arnold Hauser

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415199483

Category: Art

Page: 267

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Presents an account of the development and meaning of art from its origins in the Stone Age through to the Film Age.

Hollywood As Historian

American Film in a Cultural Context Peter C. Rollins. Cultural History Written with
Lightning: The Significance of The Birth of a Nation (1915) EVERETT CARTER
, ...

Author: Peter C. Rollins

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813148649

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 304

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Motion picture images have influenced the American mind since the earliest days of film, and many thoughtful people are becoming ever more concerned about that influence, as about the pervasive influence of television. In eras of economic instability and international conflict, the film industry has not hesitated to use motion pictures for definite propaganda purposes. During less troubled times, the American citizen's ability to deal with political and social issues has been enhanced or thwarted by images absorbed in the nation's theatres. Hollywood As Historian tracks the interaction of Americans with important motion picture productions. Considered are such topics as racial and sexual stereotyping, censorship of films, comedy as a tool for social criticism, the influence of great men and their screen images, and the use of film to interpret history. Opportunities for future study are suggested for those who wish to conduct their own examinations of American film in a cultural context. Hollywood As Historian benefits from a variety of approaches. Literary and historical influences are carefully related to The Birth of a Nation (1915) and Apocalypse Now (1979), two highly tendentious epics of war and cultural change. How political beliefs of filmmakers affected cinematic styles is illuminated in a short survey of documentary films made during the Great Depression. Historical distance has helped analysts to decode messages unintended by filmmakers in the study of The Snake Pit (1948) and Dr. Strangelove (1964). While pluralism of approach has been encouraged, balance has also been a goal: a concern for institutional and thematic considerations never obscures matters of film aesthetics. In twelve chapters dealing with more than sixteen films, Hollywood As Historian offers a versatile text for classes in popular culture, American studies, film history, or film as history. The visual awareness promoted by this text has immediate application, in that students can begin to consider the impact of motion pictures (and television) on their own lives. The films considered: The Birth of a Nation (1915), The Plow that Broke the Plains (1936), The River (1937), March of Time (1935-1953), City Lights (1931), Modern Times (1936), The Great Dictator (1940), The Grapes of Wrath (1940), Native Land (1942), Wilson (1944), The Negro Soldier (1944), The Snake Pit (1948), On the Waterfront (1954), Dr. Strangelove (1964), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), and Apocalypse Now (1979).

Cinema and the Imagination in Katherine Mansfield s Writing

A. Shail (2012) The Cinema and the Origins of Literary Modernism (New York:
Routledge), p. 1. 'The Romance of the Cinematograph' (March 1908, London
Magazine, 20.115: 1–6), reprinted in Film History, 24: 341. 'The Romance of the ...

Author: M. Ascari

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137400369

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 108

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Using silent cinema as a critical lens enables us to reassess Katherine Mansfield's entire literary career. Starting from the awareness that innovation in literature is often the outcome of hybridisation, this book discusses not only a single case study, but also the intermedia exchanges in which literary modernism at large is rooted.

A Companion to the Historical Film

Cinema. Guy. Westwell. Introduction. In this chapter I aim to use the documentary
feature Iraq in Fragments (directed by James ... In order to describe how these
films participate in the writing of history and in the settling of cultural memory, I
will ...

Author: Robert A. Rosenstone

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118322642

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 592

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Broad in scope, this interdisciplinary collection of original scholarship on historical film features essays that explore the many facets of this expanding field and provide a platform for promising avenues of research. Offers a unique collection of cutting edge research that questions the intention behind and influence of historical film Essays range in scope from inclusive broad-ranging subjects such as political contexts, to focused assessments of individual films and auteurs Prefaced with an introductory survey of the field by its two distinguished editors Features interdisciplinary contributions from scholars in the fields of History, Film Studies, Anthropology, and Cultural and Literary Studies

Bangladesh Cinema and National Identity

The main aim in this chapter is thus to examine the possible starting points of
Bangladesh film history from various streams of Bengali Muslim identity and
cultural modernity as well as from different approaches to writing film histories,
such as ...

Author: Zakir Hossain Raju

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317601814

Category: Social Science

Page: 226

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Throughout the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, cinema has been adopted as a popular cultural institution in Bangladesh. At the same time, this has been the period for the articulation of modern nationhood and cultural identity of Bengali Muslims in Bangladesh. This book analyses the relationship between cinema and modernity in Bangladesh, providing a narrative of the uneven process that produced the idea of "Bangladesh cinema." This book investigates the roles of a non-Western "national" film industry in Asia in constructing nationhood and identity within colonial and postcolonial predicaments. Drawing on the idea of cinema as public sphere and the postcolonial notion of formation of the "Bangladesh" nation, interactions between cinema and middle-class Bengali Muslims in different social and political matrices are analyzed. The author explores how the conflict among different social groups turned Bangladesh cinema into a site of contesting identities. In particular, he illustrates the connections between film production and reception in Bangladesh and a variety of nationalist constructions of Bengali Muslim identity. Questioning and debunking the usual notions of "Bangladesh" and "cinema," this book positions the cinema of Bangladesh within a transnational frame. Starting with how to locate the "beginning" of the second Bengali language cinema in colonial Bengal, the author completes the investigation by identifying a global Bangladeshi cinema in the early twenty-first century. The first major academic study on this large and vibrant national cinema, this book demonstrates that Bangladesh cinema worked as different "public spheres" for different "publics" throughout the twentieth century and beyond. Filling a niche in Global Film and Media Studies and South Asian Studies, it will be of interest to scholars and students of these disciplines.