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History by Hollywood, Second Edition

History by Hollywood, Second Edition
Author: Robert Toplin
ISBN 13: 9780252076893
ISBN 10: 252076893
Edition: 2nd ed.
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication Date: 2010-02-05
Format: Paperback
Pages: 280
List Price: $27.00

This newly updated edition of History by Hollywood explores the question of what happens to history when Hollywood filmmakers get their hands on it. With a fresh look at recent films and television productions such as Titanic, Pearl Harbor, The Patriot, and John Adams, Robert Brent Toplin examines how filmmakers have interpreted American history through their movies. Toplin discusses how writers, producers, and directors become involved in making historical films, what influences their interpretations of the past, and the responses they make to the controversies their works excite. With a realistic appreciation of the challenges filmmakers face, he effectively measures the strengths and weaknesses of Hollywood's presentation of history in the films Mississippi Burning, JFK, Sergeant York, Missing, Bonnie and Clyde, Patton, All the President's Men, and Norma Rae.