ContentsPreface to the series ixAcknowledgements xiPublisher's acknowledgements xiii Chapter 1: History on film 1Chapter 2: To see the past 11Chapter 3: Mainstream drama 32Chapter 4: Innovative drama 50Chapter 5: Documentary 70Chapter 6: Telling lives 89Chapter 7: Film maker/historian 111Chapter 8: Engaging the discourse 134Chapter 9: Film on history 154 Guide to key reading 165Bibliography 172Index 179
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.