Historical Film

Historical Film

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Although precise definitions have not been agreed on, historical cinema tends to cut across existing genre categories and establishes an intimidatingly large group of films. In recent years, a lively body of work has developed around historical cinema, much of it proposing valuable new ways to consider the relationship between cinematic and historical representation. However, only a small proportion of this writing has paid attention to the issue of genre. In order to counter this omission, this book combines a critical analysis of the Hollywood historical film with an examination of its generic dimensions and a history of its development since the silent period. Historical Film: A Critical Introduction is concerned not simply with the formal properties of the films at hand, but also the ways in which they have been promoted, interpreted and discussed in relation to their engagement with the past.Do the textual practices of the genre give it the kind of formal unity which critics have identified in the western? ... LoveFilm, Europea#39;s largest DVD rental company, allows subscribers to browse films and television shows within 20 broad categories which they identify as a#39;genres. ... However, recent work on the function and meaning of film genres has questioned some of the tenets of conventional genreanbsp;...

Title:Historical Film
Author:Jonathan Stubbs
Publisher:A&C Black - 2013-03-28


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