A comprehensive analysis of the historical film--a popular and controversial genre that's been with us since the early days of cinema--and Hollywood's unique ability to reshape our viewpoints while it sensually recreates the past.
- Provides a complete guide to the unique characteristics of historical film, distinguishing among sub-genres such as historical epics, war films, biographies, topical films, and meta-historic works like Nixon and JFK
- Offers detailed analyses of groundbreaking films such as Spartacus, Schindler's List, and United 93
- Examines the dual role of the historical film to entertain and educate, with its tendency to arouse critical and popular controversy
- Stimulates discussion about Hollywood's power to persuade and reshape our views of the past