History by Hollywood: The Use and Abuse of the American Past

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University of Illinois Press, 1996 - Performing Arts - 267 pages
In History by Hollywood, Toplin examines how filmmakers have interpreted American history through their films. Focusing on movies that deal with real events and people, Toplin looks at how writers, producers, and directors become involved in making historical films, what influences their interpretations of the past, and the responses they make to the controversies their works excite.

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Robert Brent Toplin is Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, and the Film Review editor of The Journal of American History. He is also the principal developer of four historical dramas that have appeared nationally on PBS Television.

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