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History by Hollywood : screening the American past

Author: Robert Brent Toplin
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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"This newly updated edition of History by Hollywood explores the question of what happens to history when Hollywood filmmakers get their hands on it. With a fresh look at recent films and television productions such as Titanic, Pearl Harbor, The Patriot, and John Adams, Robert Brent Toplin examines how filmmakers have interpreted American history through their movies." "Toplin discusses how writers, producers, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Brent Toplin
ISBN: 9780252076893 0252076893 9780252020735 0252020731
OCLC Number: 318243495
Description: 269 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Mississippi burning : "a standard to which we couldn't live up" --
JFK : "fact, fiction, and supposition" --
Sergeant York : "if that is propaganda, we plead guilty" --
Missing : "an assualt on the integrity of the U.S. government, the Foreign Service, and the military" --
Bonnie and Clyde : "violence of the most grisly sort" --
Patton : "deliberately planned as a Rorschach test" --
All the President's men : "the story that people know and remember" --
Norma Rae : "a female Rocky."
Responsibility: Robert Brent Toplin.
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