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By Robert Niemi

Can motion pictures tweak the evidence and nonetheless be trustworthy to historical past? How a lot of what they current as real is incorrect or distorted? History within the Media: movie and Television appears on the growing to be examine exploring those questions. it's the merely reference consultant that debate the most recent scholarship on heritage in movie and on tv and evaluates particular motion pictures and courses for caliber, accuracy, and ideological biases. insurance levels from biopics (Gandhi), meticulous restagings (Apollo 13), and actual crime (Bonnie and Clyde) to documentaries resembling the area warfare II newsreels Why We Fight and Ken Burns's The Civil War.

Historic dramas arise giant on the Oscars. Cable tv bargains a heritage and a Biography channel. Hollywood blockbusters depicting ancient occasions are large moneymakers. it's the excellent time to examine what occurs whilst occasions and other people develop into tales and characters, and History within the Media is the correct advent to that study.

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Scouring dozens of libraries and museums, Burns and his team filmed 16,000 photographs, paintings, and newspapers from the period, recruited an impressive contingent of commentators for interviews and actors for dramatic recitations, and proceeded to make The Civil War, a nine-part (11hour) PBS film series narrated by David McCullough. On the PBS website devoted to the film, Burns grandiloquently describes his filmmaking style (which had been evolving since his first film, Brooklyn Bridge, in 1981) as “the careful use of archival photographs, live modern cinematography, music, narration, and a chorus of first-person voices that together did more than merely recount a historical story.

However, the four-month delay needed to revamp The Alamo ultimately pushed its price tag to $107 million (or $32 million over budget), garnered bad advance publicity, and forfeited untold tens of millions of dollars by 15 16 History in the Media: Film and Television missing the peak Christmas season. But Hancock and Disney were between a rock and a hard place. In its original, more politically correct form, the film would have failed. In its revised form, The Alamo was perhaps more (white) audiencefriendly, but excessive tinkering had compromised any dramatic focus it might have had, and the film’s best showcasing opportunity had been irrevocably lost.

A farmer himself, Abston plows the woman’s field and chops her wood—signs of kindness one of his embittered soldiers chooses to interpret as weakness. ” In marked contrast to the epic-heroic pretensions of Gettysburg, Pharoah’s Army presents the Civil War in intimate terms: as a Faulknerian story about individuals struggling to morally navigate the inevitable brutalities, injustices, and conflicted loyalties that marked the war. Despite the superb performance of Chris Cooper and a small but notable part played by Kris Kristoffersen (as a hard-hearted Southern preacher), Pharoah’s Army received very limited distribution and publicity—a sad irony given the film’s clear superiority to most films about the Civil War.

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