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Visions of the Past: The Challenge of Film to Our Idea of History

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Can filmed history measure up to written history? What happens to history when it is recorded in images, rather than words? Can images convey ideas and information that lie beyond words? Taking on these timely questions, Robert Rosenstone pioneers a new direction in the relationship between history and film. Rosenstone moves beyond traditional approaches, which examine the history of film as art and industry, or view films as texts reflecting their specific cultural contexts. This essay collection makes a radical venture into the investigation of a new concern: how a visual medium, subject to the conventions of drama and fiction, might be used as a serious vehicle for thinking about our relationship with the past.

Rosenstone looks at history films in a way that forces us to reconceptualize what we mean by "history." He explores the innovative strategies of films made in Africa, Latin America, Germany, and other parts of the world. He journeys into the history of film in a wide range of cultures, and expertly traces the contours of the postmodern historical film. In essays on specific films, including Reds, JFK, and Sans Soleil, he considers such issues as the relationship between fact and film and the documentary as visionary truth.

Theorists have for some time been calling our attention to the epistemological and literary limitations of traditional history. The first sustained defense of film as a way of thinking historically, this book takes us beyond those limitations.

Synopsis:

This essay collection explores the relationship between history and film. It discusses how a visual medium, subject to the conventions of drama and fiction, might be used as a serious vehicle for thinking about our relationship with the past.

Synopsis:

This essay collection makes a radical venture into the investigation of a new concern: how a visual medium, subject to the conventions of drama and fiction, might be used as a serious vehicle for thinking about our relationship with the past. In essays on specific films, including Reds, JFK, and Sans Soleil, he considers such issues as the relationship between fact and film and the documentary as visionary truth.

Synopsis:

thinking historically, this book takes us beyond those limitations.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [259]-260) and index.

About the Author

Robert Rosenstone is Professor of History, California Institute of Technology.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Personal, Professional, and (a Little) Theoretical

PART 1: HISTORY IN IMAGES

1. History in Images / History in Words: Reflections on the Possibility of Really Putting History onto Film

2. The Historical Film: Looking at the Past in a Postliterate Age

PART 2: THE HISTORICAL FILM

3. Reds as History

4.The Good Fight: History, Memory, Documentary

5. JFK: Historical Fact / Historical Film

6.Walker: The Dramatic Film as (Postmodern) History

7.Sans Soleil: The Documentary as (Visionary) Truth

PART 3: THE FUTURE OF THE PAST

8. Re-visioning History: Contemporary Filmmakers and the Construction of the Past

9.Film and the Beginnings of Postmodern History

10. What You Think about When You Think about Writing a Book on History and Film

Notes

Sources

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674940987
Subtitle:
The Challenge of Film to Our Idea of History
Author:
Rosenstone, Robert A.
Author:
Rosenstone, Robert
Author:
Rosenstone, Robert A.
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
General
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Performing arts
Subject:
Historiography
Subject:
Historical films
Subject:
Motion pictures and history
Subject:
Historical films -- History and criticism.
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Subject:
Performing Arts : Film & Video - History & Criticism
Copyright:
Series Volume:
Nr. 4329
Publication Date:
August 1998
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
None
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8 x 6 in 12 oz

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History and Social Science » World History » General
History and Social Science » World History » Historiography

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"Synopsis" by , This essay collection explores the relationship between history and film. It discusses how a visual medium, subject to the conventions of drama and fiction, might be used as a serious vehicle for thinking about our relationship with the past.
"Synopsis" by , This essay collection makes a radical venture into the investigation of a new concern: how a visual medium, subject to the conventions of drama and fiction, might be used as a serious vehicle for thinking about our relationship with the past. In essays on specific films, including Reds, JFK, and Sans Soleil, he considers such issues as the relationship between fact and film and the documentary as visionary truth.
"Synopsis" by , thinking historically, this book takes us beyond those limitations.
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