Fictional films tell true historical stories
Film and History is a compelling and unique overview of the cinema and its relationship with history, ranging from the ancient world to the modern day.
This is the first book of its kind to offer such a broad historical and theoretical portrayal of the rapidly-growing sub field of history and film.
Rosenstone introduces the varieties, types and traditions of historical films made worldwide and sets this against the changing ways in which historians and other public critics debate the portrayal of history in modern film.
"...it is timely that a prominent American historian has taken a critical look at history on film..."
"...an important book that should be read and discussed."
Taylor Downing, History Today, September 2006
Professor Robert A Rosenstone of the California Institute of Technology is currently the leading scholar in the world in the controversial and growing field of history and film. He was the historical consultant on Warren Beatty's Academy Award winning film Reds.
Rosenstone is the Founding Editor of Rethinking History: The Journal of Theory and Practiceand his other publications include Crusade of the Left: The Lincoln Battalion in the Spanish Civil War (1969), Mirror in the Shrine: American Encounters with Meiji Japan(1988), King of Odessa (2003), and The Man Who Swam Into History (2005). He also wrote the award winning Romantic Revolutionary (1975) upon which the film Reds was based.
1. History on Film
2. To See the Past
3. Mainstream Drama
4. Innovative Drama
6. Telling Lives
7. Film maker/ Historian
8. Engaging the Discourse
9. Film on History