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Browse Blog - film reviews

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Lincoln on the Big Screen

Nov 30 2012
How do historians think about films like Steven Spielberg's Lincoln? Take a look with Teachinghistory.org! [...] »

Film Review: Amelia

Aug 21 2012
What is the cultural terrain staked out by Amelia, the Hollywood biopic about the intrepid flyer Amelia Earhart? [...] »

Film Review: Prohibition

Jul 18 2012
Historian Tona Hangen takes a look at Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's three-part documentary on Prohibition. [...] »

Film Review: Iron Jawed Angels

Mar 15 2012
How does modern television portray early 20th-century suffragists? Through very modern eyes, says Historian Carla Bittel. [...] »

Film Review: The Alamo

Feb 22 2012
Remember the Alamo! But what does the U.S. remember? Historical fact or historical mythology? Historian Stanley Corkin looks at the film The Alamo. [...] »

Film Review: Pearl Harbor and U-571

Nov 21 2011
When does a historical film go from "based on historical events" to total fiction? Historian Lawrence Suid critiques two war movies. [...] »

Film Review: John Adams

Oct 14 2011
Does John Adams depart too far from history to be useful in the classroom? Historian James Kloppenberg reviews the film. [...] »

Film Review: Gods and Generals

Aug 17 2011
What view of the Civil War does Gods and Generals present? Historian Steven E. Woodworth critiques the film. [...] »

Film Review: The Aviator

Jul 31 2011
Historical films like The Aviator sacrifice historical context to create character portraits, says historian David Courtwright. [...] »

Film Review: Ken Burns's Jazz

Jun 22 2011
Documentaries can be critiqued on many levels, says Professor Frank Tirro. Here, he looks at Ken Burns's Jazz from four angles. [...] »