As the fare currently on offer at this year’s London Film Festival shows, getting history up on the big screen is very much in vogue at the moment. Between Frost/Nixon, The Baader-Meinhof Complex and W., recent events are almost constantly being reappropriated for the screen at the moment.
Mike Chopra-Gant, who teaches media, communication and cultural studies at London Met University, has written a concise, easy-to-read guide on history in cinema, which draws on literary theory and his own belief that the study of history in cinema – as well as the depictions themselves – owe much to literary methods. The book looks at the history of film studies as well as how history is re-imagined for the silver screen.There is also a bravura chapter on 9/11 footage and the slew of films it has inspired in less than a decade.
As part of the Short Cuts series of introductions to film studies, it’s aimed at students, but is a good read for anyone interested in what happens when historical veracity and cinematic licence come together.
Cinema and History: The Telling of Stories, by Mike Chopra-Gant
Published by Wallflower Press
Available on amazon.co.uk for £12.99
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