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Professor Robert A. Rosenstone of the California Institute of Technology is a leading scholar in the growing field of history and film. To this topic he brings experience as both an honoured historian and a participant in several major film projects. His award winning biography of John Reed, Romantic Revolutionary (1975), was used as the basis of Warren Beatty's multiple Academy Award winner, Reds, on which Rosenstone served as historical consultant. He is author of several works of history, including Visions of the Past: The Challenge of Film to Our Idea of History (1995) Crusade of the Left: The Lincoln Battalion in the Spanish Civil War (1969) and Mirror in the Shrine: American Encounters with Japan (1988). He is editor of Revisioning History: Film and the Construction of a New Past (1995) and Experiments in Rethinking History (2004). He is the Founding Editor of Rethinking History: The Journal of Theory and Practice.
Preface to the series ix
Publishers acknowledgements xiii
Chapter 1: History on ﬁlm 1
Chapter 2: To see the past 11
Chapter 3: Mainstream drama 32
Chapter 4: Innovative drama 50
Chapter 5: Documentary 70
Chapter 6: Telling lives 89
Chapter 7: Film maker/historian 111
Chapter 8: Engaging the discourse 134
Chapter 9: Film on history 154
Guide to key reading 165