Category Archives: Historical Film

Reconsidering Anti-War Films

As the centennial of the outbreak of the First World War approaches, films about the conflict are being re-examined.  Perhaps the most famous film about the First World War is Lewis Milestone’s All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), based … Continue reading

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A Sequel to Restrepo

A sequel (of a sort) to Restrepo, the 2010 documentary film by Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington about combat at a firebase in Afghanistan, is being released. The new documentary, Korengal, by Sebastian Junger attempts to contextualize the broader conflict … Continue reading

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American Wars in Film

War films, especially those produced in Hollywood, tend to focus on American experiences of wars. War films of the Second World War and Vietnam War have long dominated the American film industry’s considerations of historical conflicts. Depictions of American wars … Continue reading

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Hitchcock’s Documentary on the Holocaust

Director Alfred Hitchcock made a documentary, entitled Memory of the Camps, on the Holocaust in 1945. Hitchcock used the rushes of the British military film crews that had filmed the liberation of concentration camps, such as Bergen-Belsen, that year. The … Continue reading

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Commemorating JFK’s Assassination

Historians have been absorbed with questions of historical memory and commemoration over the past two decades. Historian Pierre Nora’s influential analysis of history and memory has spawned an entire subfield of historical studies of commemoration. Commemorating historical episodes of violence … Continue reading

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Conference on René Allio and Historical Film

René Allio was one of the most important French directors of historical film in the 1960s and 1970s. Most of Allio’s films focused on historical subjects by depicting historical events, people, or sites. The director is most remembered for his … Continue reading

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On Accents and Class in the Film Zulu

Michael Caine’s breakout role as a film actor was in the film Zulu (1964), in which he played Lieutenant Bromhead, a young upper-class officer with a snooty accent. Caine recalls that, “in Zulu I was cast as a wishy-washy upper-crust … Continue reading

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