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Jesus of Hollywood

Adele Reinhartz

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780195146967
eISBN:
9780199785469
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195146967.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This book is a study of the movies made about Jesus, from the earliest silent films through to Mel Gibson's 2004 The Passion of the Christ. Its main argument is that these movies fit into the ... More


Introduction toward a Filmic Writing of History in Classical Hollywood

J.E. Smyth

in Reconstructing American Historical Cinema: From Cimarron to Citizen Kane

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813124063
eISBN:
9780813134765
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813124063.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about Hollywood historical films. This book provides commentaries on historical films produced in the U.S. from 1931 to 1942 and ... More


War in the Roaring Twenties, 1932–1939

J.E. Smyth

in Reconstructing American Historical Cinema: From Cimarron to Citizen Kane

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813124063
eISBN:
9780813134765
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813124063.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines the historical films produced in the U.S. during the period from 1932 to 1939 about World War 1. During this period, Hollywood's depictions of the war, the impoverishment of the ... More


The Lives and Deaths of Abraham Lincoln, 1930–1941

J.E. Smyth

in Reconstructing American Historical Cinema: From Cimarron to Citizen Kane

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813124063
eISBN:
9780813134765
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813124063.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines historical films produced in Hollywood about the life and death of American president Abraham Lincoln made during the period from 1930 to 1941. During this period, Lincoln's ... More


A Hollywood Cavalcade, 1939–1942

J.E. Smyth

in Reconstructing American Historical Cinema: From Cimarron to Citizen Kane

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813124063
eISBN:
9780813134765
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813124063.003.0011
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines the production of historical films in the U.S. that focused on the Hollywood film industry, made during the period from 1939 to 1942. In 1939 Hollywood produced an unprecedented ... More


The New American History: Cimarron, 1931

J.E. Smyth

in Reconstructing American Historical Cinema: From Cimarron to Citizen Kane

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813124063
eISBN:
9780813134765
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813124063.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter looks at the 1931 historical film Cimarron. This film was based on Edna Ferber's novel and it was directed by Wesley Ruggles. This chapter suggests that this film pioneered a technique ... More


Contemporary History in the Age of Scarface, 1932

J.E. Smyth

in Reconstructing American Historical Cinema: From Cimarron to Citizen Kane

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813124063
eISBN:
9780813134765
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813124063.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter provides commentaries on the 1932 historical film Scarface. This film was directed by Howard Hawks and was based on Armitage Trail's novel of the same title which was about the life of ... More


Competing Frontiers, 1933–1938

J.E. Smyth

in Reconstructing American Historical Cinema: From Cimarron to Citizen Kane

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813124063
eISBN:
9780813134765
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813124063.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines the production of historical films in the U.S. during the period from 1933 to 1938. When censorship dismantled the production of historical gangster films, film studios were ... More


Popcorn and Circus: An Audience Expects

Robert Stow

in The Return of the Epic Film

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780748684021
eISBN:
9780748697069
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748684021.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The recreation of the ancient world in film has long been a popular area of study amongst classicists, with the main focus being the genre’s alleged disregard for historical fact. The academic view ... More


History with Biography

Evgeny Dobrenko

in Stalinist Cinema and the Production of History: Museum of the Revolution

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748634453
eISBN:
9780748653607
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748634453.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter highlights the central role of biographical films in Stalinist cinema. It investigates why Soviet historical films invariably turned into biography, and how they came to occupy the ... More


Stars Born and Lost, 1932–1937

J.E. Smyth

in Reconstructing American Historical Cinema: From Cimarron to Citizen Kane

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813124063
eISBN:
9780813134765
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813124063.003.0010
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines the historical films produced by David O. Selznick in the U.S. during the period from 1932 to 1937 that focused on Hollywood actors and actress. Selznick worked for MGM, ... More


Jezebels and Rebels, Cavaliers and Compromise, 1930–1939

J.E. Smyth

in Reconstructing American Historical Cinema: From Cimarron to Citizen Kane

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813124063
eISBN:
9780813134765
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813124063.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines the historical films produced in Hollywood during the period from 1930 to 1939 which focused on the American Civil War and the Reconstruction. The most notable of these types of ... More


The Return of Our Epic America, 1938–1941

J.E. Smyth

in Reconstructing American Historical Cinema: From Cimarron to Citizen Kane

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813124063
eISBN:
9780813134765
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813124063.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines the trend in historical filmmaking in the U.S during the period from 1938 to 1941. This period represents a return of the film industry to epic America. Some of the most notable ... More


The Last of the Long Hunters, 1938–1941

J.E. Smyth

in Reconstructing American Historical Cinema: From Cimarron to Citizen Kane

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813124063
eISBN:
9780813134765
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813124063.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines the production of historical films in the U.S. about World War 1 which were made during the period from 1938 to 1941. Some of the most notable films during this period include ... More


Rattling the Chains of History: Steven Spielberg's Amistad and ‘Telling Everyone's Story’

Trevor B. McCrisken and Andrew Pepper

in American History and Contemporary Hollywood Film

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748614899
eISBN:
9780748670666
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748614899.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

The release of Steven Spielberg's Amistad (1997) constitutes something of a new direction in Hollywood's attitude towards both slavery and its role as public historian. This chapter examines ... More


The Return of the Epic Film

Andrew Elliott (ed.)

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780748684021
eISBN:
9780748697069
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748684021.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

With the success of Gladiator, both critics and scholars enthusiastically announced the return of a genre which had lain dormant for thirty years. However, this return raises important new questions ... More


Looking for a National Hero

Carolina Rocha

in Argentine Cinema and National Identity (1966-1976)

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781786940544
eISBN:
9781786944955
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781786940544.003.0011
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In this chapter, I explore the development El santo de la espada, a film that represented ten years in the life of José de San Martín, founding father of Argentina. I also touch on the film’s casting ... More


Introduction: The Return of the Epic

Andrew B. R. Elliott

in The Return of the Epic Film

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780748684021
eISBN:
9780748697069
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748684021.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The introduction offers an overview of the return of the epic. It begins by questioning whether Gladiator marks a return of the epic, examining the conditions which surrounded the film’s return, both ... More


Special Effects, Reality and the New Epic Film

Andrew B. R. Elliott

in The Return of the Epic Film

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780748684021
eISBN:
9780748697069
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748684021.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

With the return of the historical epic to our screens, advances in CGI and digital effects have allowed for even greater (and sometimes cheaper) special effects to return along with them. Matte ... More


The Rise and Fall of Empires: The ‘War on Terror’ as Allegorical Moment in Historical Film

Terence McSweeney

in The 'War on Terror' and American Film: 9/11 Frames Per Second

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780748693092
eISBN:
9781474408547
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748693092.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter interrogates historical films made in the new millennium by the American film industry and argues that they may be able to reflect broader cultural trends which become encoded in their ... More


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