Hollywood and History

April 7, 2015
7:00 PM
421 Lehman Hall

Have you ever watched a historical film and caught yourself arguing with the screen over emphasis and interpretation?  Don’t worry— you are not alone! Professional historians across the fields have had a long and complex history of tension and engagement with that uniquely provocative genre of filmmaking known as the historical film. Historical films provoke us with their anachronistic details, their reliance on heroic leads, and the sheer swiftness with which they arrive at neat resolutions.  They goad us with the ways in which they extend the definition of historian to include creative artists and the way they imprint themselves on the imagination as no text could.  But can they elicit other kinds of responses? The history department invites you to the movies where we will discuss among ourselves as professional and budding historians, the good, the bad, and the ugly of a recent historical film.




Apr. 7, 2015 - 7:00 PM