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Visions of the Past

The Challenge of Film to Our Idea of History

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$37.50 • £30.95 • €34.00

ISBN 9780674940987

Publication Date: 08/04/1998


288 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches


  • 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

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