The Historical Validity of Films: A Comparative Essay
HIST 200: History and Film
November 19 2012
Historians have always questioned the validity of
Battleship that was built for war
It is a story of how the crew of the ship rebelled against their officers during the
o This is now viewed as the first step towards the Russian revolution of 1917
Is the Film (flaws and all) a valuable depicition of the past ? if so, in what sense?
Regarding African Americans, which ones were presented as good and which ones as bad
and how can we explain this?
How can we account for the contrasting depictions of wo
Triumph of the will (1935):
Large budget film
Film's overriding theme is the return of Germany as a great power, with Hitler as the
leader who will bring glory to the nation.
Great example of propaganda
o Riefenstahl's techniq
The movie was not seen by many until the late 1950s because it was commonly assumed
that the film's central character, Charles Foster Kane, was a veiled critical portrait of
newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. Hearst's success in `k