Film and Modern History (Fall 2017)

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This course focuses on the use of film to portray modern history and the representation of the twentieth century through the medium of film. As one of the main ways that people access history, film plays an important (albeit sometimes problematic) role in the construction and representation of the past. This course examines how films construct a particular version of the past and how thsi informs our understanding of history and the events of the twentieth century. 

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9 mois 2 semaines ago

Evan:

I agree that the film was very effective in spreading out the glory in regards to the Civil Rights movement. The one character that was shown in this film that current viewers might not understand how powerful and evil he was was that of J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI director. Also, under explained was the character of Malcolm X and how he could have been more involved in the struggle and not just as a martyr to the cause.

9 mois 3 semaines ago

I really like the points you have made about how your understanding of historical events has been stronger since you were able to see the historical events actually portrayed in the film. I agree with you that film is a really effective way of teaching about historical events. However, I think is important to note and remember that there are some films that are extremely historically inaccurate or films that really misrepresent facts about historical events. This is why I think it is a good idea to keep an open mind when watching historical dramas/ or historical films, but keep in mind to be aware that the events being portrayed may not be entirely accurate.

10 mois 2 semaines ago

Hi Mdigs23, I have to agree with your post. I enjoyed reading it. You made some real valid points. I also agree with your point about the purpose that film has a teaching device in the history classroom or in the telling of a story by means of showing students or audiences human realities such as memory suppression.

10 mois 2 semaines ago

Hi Mdigs23, I have to agree with your post. I enjoyed reading it. You made some real valid points. I also agree with your point about the purpose that film has a teaching device in the history classroom or in the telling of a story by means of showing students or audiences human realities such as memory suppression.

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11 mois 1 semaine ago

Thank you for your feedback, and for the link with more info.

11 mois 1 semaine ago

I never really considered that prospecive of the citizen, that really has me thinking differently now.

11 mois 2 semaines ago

I hope it's good enough, and also I didn't watch Memento the whole way through, so that's why I didn't talk about it much.

11 mois 3 semaines ago

While I agree this film does make a good documentary, I do think a perspective was left out of the film. The film focuses entirely on different soldiers experiences during the documentary while leaving out the perspective of a common citizen that may have been on the other side of the gun. I think it paints a different picture and can really show the horror that was captured at the end of the documentary. Would we still think the same of those depicted throughout the film? Would we have less sympathy? I think these questions are addressed with more viewpoints than just soldiers. While the film gives major incite of the events of the war, a common man's view may just have been effective or paint the whole story. Overall, I still think its good film, I just want a full picture considering when what voices should be used to tell the story of the war.

12 mois 3 jours ago

http://truthngo.org/remembering-sabra-shatila-massacre-35-years/

Check out the above link for more info on the massacre!

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