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  • Supreme Court Sided With The Amistad Captives
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    Amistad is about a mutiny in 1839 aboard a slave ship, La Amistad, which eventually comes to port in New England. The West Africans who have commandeered the ship are taken into custody and the plot revolves around who 'owns' them or if, indeed, they should be freed. This sets up the main event of the film, a courtroom drama about rights and origins, with the required flashbacks to the voyage and the gruesome conditions aboard the ship. The problem with this approach is that we learn less about ...
  • Great Historical Film
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    Films as primary sources for history If a picture is worth a thousand words than how much is a moving picture, or movie, worth In the study of history, the usage of movies as primary sources is controversial. Motion pictures are more commonly well-known as sources and created for entertainment purposes. Film is a creation of a reality. This has some valuable resources for the study of history in many respects. They may or may not be representational, and some may include writing or printing. Som...
  • Japanese Attack On Pearl Harbor
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    Pearl Harbor The major motion picture, Pearl Harbor, reflects upon a war that occurred a few decades ago rather than the documentary filmed very shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Both movies depict the attack as one that will live on in infamy, but the documentary takes a spiteful vengeance towards Japan because it was filmed during a time of hatred towards the Japanese, our enemy. While the newer movie has given us time to reflect upon the war and realize that we both underestimated the...
  • Mid 19th Century During The Rosas Regime
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    Camila Camila is an Argentinean film set in the mid 19th century, during the Rosas regime. The film focuses on the lives of a young girl, Camila, and her Jesuit priest Ladislao Gutierrez. Camila and Ladisalo fall in love and the film follows their troubles. Through following the events that happen with Camila and Ladisalo, the director shows how restrictive and devout followers of Rosas were and of the resentment against him. The unjust ways of the Rosas regime were illustrated passively. Instea...
  • Disturbing Historical Incidents In A Subtle Form
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    Steven Spielbergs masterpiece Schindlers List portrays the indifference and injustice associated with the Holocaust. Those events of guilt and suffering were so terrible in their scale and intensity that it was only suitable for a documentary style of interpretation. Spielbergs strength to present a historically based event derived from the subtle way he approached to interpret it. It seems only natural that a film as powerful and disturbing as Schindlers List emerged from Spielbergs creative ab...
  • Actual Historic Story
    396 words
    The Crucible is a story taken place in Salem, Massachusetts. The historical period takes place during the witchcraft trials. The historical period is portrayed very well including the language, clothing and historical content. The actors had an English accent that would be typical of the Colonial Americans during this time period. The makers of the film tried their best to make the film as accurate as possible to actual history. I do realize, in order to make a story into a film, there were a lo...
  • Film As A Representation Of History
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    Much what how we represent the past in the present is based upon reconstruction of history through various primary and secondary sources. Indeed the various approaches and methodologies within the discipline of history are divided and diverse. Historiophoty which is the representation of history in visual images and film ic discourse is one of these highly debated approaches and historians today still remain divided over the use of use of film as a valuable representation of history versus writt...

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