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Chapter 1: History on film. Chapter 2: To see the past. Chapter 3: Mainstream drama. Chapter 4: Innovative drama. Chapter 5: Documentary. Chapter 6: Telling lives. Chapter 7: Film maker/historian. Chapter 8: Engaging the discourse. Chapter 9: Film on history.
History on Film/Film on History demonstrates how films can be analyzed as historical sources.
Professor Robert A. Rosenstone of the California Institute of Technology is a leading scholar in the controversial and growing field of history and film. His award winning biography of John Reed, Romantic Revolutionary (1975), was used as the basis of Warren Beatty's multiple Academy Award winner, Reds, on which Rosenstone served as historical consultant. He is author of several works of history, including Visions of the Past: The Challenge of Film to Our Idea of History (1995) Crusade of the Left: The Lincoln Battalion in the Spanish Civil War (1969) and Mirror in the Shrine: American Encounters with Japan (1988). He is editor of Revisioning History: Film and the Construction of a New Past (1995) and Experiments in Rethinking History (2004). He is the Founding Editor of Rethinking History: The Journal of Theory and Practice.
"...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