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Past Imperfect: History According to the Movies

by Mark C. Carnes

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Nice introduction but the selection - ranging from Jurassic Park (S.J. Gould) to 'the Last Emperor (Napoleon)' (Simon Schama) is a little arbitrary. ( )
  Dettingmeijer | Feb 17, 2016 |
A mixed bad of essays, some better than others, on the history of historical movies. The sidebars were a bit annoying but overall a fun and interesting read.
  amyem58 | Jul 3, 2014 |
Discusses movies which had some connection to history, and compares them to the real-life incident such as "The Alamo," "Mutiny on the Bounty," "Bonnie and Clyde," etc. I love history and I love movies. What could be better? ( )
  afinch11 | Aug 10, 2013 |
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In our increasingly visual culture, a growing amount of what we learn about history comes from the movies. This unusual and cornucopian book draws on the knowledge of 60 experts who examine the historical accuracy of a splendid array of classic movies such as Julius Caesar, Aguirre the Wrath of God, Mutiny on the Bounty, The Last of the Mohicans, Gallipoli, and Gandhi. They reveal what each movie has done right and wrong in portraying the complex threads of the stories as known to the world's most qualified scholars. Highly Recommended.

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Nearly one hundred movies are examined to determine the relationship between film and the historical period, to show what has been changed and for what reason. Each analysis also includes "Later ..." to explore the subsequent history of the event.

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