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History Goes to the Movies: A Viewer's Guide to the Best (and Some of the Worst) Historical Films Ever Madeby Joseph Roquemore
Synopses & Reviews
Includes bibliographical references.
Comprehensive, entertaining, scrupulously researched, and featuring summaries that separate the fact from the fiction in more than 350 important historical films, this book is the perfect companion for all movie fans who have ever wondered, "Did that really happen?"
From Birth of a Nation to Braveheart and Saving Private Ryan, here is a compulsively readable and endlessly browsable book that brings to life for film buffs, history lovers, students, and teachers the real stories behind the stirring events on screen.
No medium is more effective than film in bringing to vivid life the epochal events of our past; yet none is as prone to sometimes dangerous distortions of fact and emphasis. History Goes to the Movies separates fact from fiction for more than three hundred important historical films, in the process enhancing both viewing pleasure and historical understanding.
Organized into twelve categories such as " Biography, " " The American West, " " World War Two, " and " Ancient, Classical, and Medieval History, " the book includes chronologies for each historical period covered. For every film, a detailed essay is provided describing the historical context and events portrayed, a brief plot summary, and an assessment of the movie's accuracy and entertainment value, concluding with suggestions for further reading and viewing.
Comprehensive, entertaining, scrupulously researched, and often bracingly opinionated, History Goes to the Movies will turn your VCR into a clear (and accurate) window on all human history. For every moviegoer who has wondered, " Did that really happen?" --here at last is the answer.
About the Author
Joseph Roquemore is a speechwriter and corporate communications specialist who holds a Ph.D. in English literature and is an avid reader of history. He lives in the Chicago area.
Table of Contents
Ancient, classical and medieval history: Alexander the Great — Becket — Braveheart — Egyptian — Fall of the Roman empire — Jesus of Nazareth — King David — Masada — Quest for fire — Robin Hood, prince of thieves — Ten commandments — Vikings — War lord — Early American history: Amistad — Black robe — Buccaneer — Christopher Columbus — Crucible — Howards of Virginia — Last of the Mohicans — Plymouth adventure — U.S. Civil War: Birth of a nation — Dark command — Drums in the deep South — Gettysburg — Glory — Gone with the wind — Horse soldiers — Ironclads — Red badge of courage — Springfield rifle — Young Mr. Lincoln — American west: Broken arrow — Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid — Cheyenne autumn — Conagher — Drum beat — Far country — Geronimo: an American legend — Grey fox — Heaven's gate — I will fight no more forever — Jeremiah Johnson — Last command — Last day — Lawless breed — Lawman — Long riders — Pony express — Searchers — Son of the morning star — Stagecoach — Tom Horn — Ulzana's raid — Union Pacific — Wagon master — Westerner — Wild times — Winchester '73 — Wyatt Earp — Young guns — World War I: All quiet on the western front — Blue Max — Farewell to arms — Gallipoli — Sergeant York — 1920-1940: gangsters, the roaring twenties, and the great depression: Al Capone — Bonnie and Clyde — Bugsy — Dillinger — Front page — King of the hill — Places in the heart.
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