Inside the Historical Film (Paperback)
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Inside the Historical Film (Paperback)

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Paperback 248 Pages / Published: 30/09/2014
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From cinema's beginnings filmmakers have turned to the past for their stories, so much so that in many ways our historical culture is shaped more in the movie theatre than in the classroom. Inside the Historical Film argues how and why film can enrich our understanding of the past. Bruno Ramirez discusses a wide range of films, from various historical and national contexts, pointing to the role that film-crafts play in translating historical events into cinematic language. He takes the reader through the process of conception, research, design, and production of several films that he researched and co-wrote, explaining the decisions that were made to best convey historical knowledge. The practice-based quality at the core of Ramirez's analysis is further enhanced by conversations with world-renowned film directors, including Denys Arcand, Constantin Costa-Gavras, Deepa Mehta, Renzo Rossellini, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, and Margarethe von Trotta. Grounded in an appreciation for the interpretative value of making films and cinema's ability to reach large public audiences at personal and emotional levels, Inside the Historical Film seeks to understand historical films as both creative works and multi-layered representations of the past.

Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press
ISBN: 9780773544215
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 386 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 407 mm


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"An outstanding book, Inside the Historical Film is a highly original exploration and will be eagerly read by a younger generation of scholars interested in reaching wider audiences in new ways." Steven High, Department of History, Concordia University
"A brilliant intervention into the fast growing field of history and film. Ramirez - with help from interviews with several famous directors - shows convincingly and in great detail how the historical truths of the dramatic feature film can only be achie
"Inside the Historical Film is a compelling, accessible study of the importance of such films and their potential contributions to the universal body of historical knowledge. Highly recommended." Choice
"Inside Historical Film is much enriched by its fascinating interviews with directors of historical films and by Bruno Ramirez's own experience with film making. A compelling and insightful account of how film tells about the past." Natalie Zemon Davis, S

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