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  1. Historical fiction - Wikipedia › wiki › Historical_fiction

    Historical fiction is a literary genre in which the plot takes place in a setting located in the past. Although the term is commonly used as a synonym for the historical novel, it can also be applied to other types of narrative, including theatre, opera, cinema, and television, as well as video games and graphic novels. An essential element of historical fiction is that it is set in the past and pays attention to the manners, social conditions and other details of the depicted period. Authors al

  2. Lists of historical films - Wikipedia › wiki › List_of_historical_drama_films

    This is an index of lists of historical films.. By country. List of Romanian historical films; List of Vietnamese historical drama films; By setting. List of historical drama films and series set in Near Eastern and Western civilization

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  4. List of historical drama films and series set in Near Eastern ... › wiki › List_of_historical_drama

    The historical drama or period drama is a film genre in which stories are based upon historical events and famous people. Some historical dramas are docudramas, which attempt an accurate portrayal of a historical event or biography, to the degree that the available historical research will allow.

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    3200 BC
    A fantasy action film based on the ancient Egyptian deities and story of god Horus (Horus may be shown as a falcon on the Narmer Palette, dating from about the 3300-3200 BC).
    3200–3000 BC
    A fantasy action film based on historical king of the Protodynastic Period of Egypt, King Scorpion.
    3100 BC
    A beautiful girl and a young physician fall in love in the midst of a family, and power struggle between rival princes of Upper and Lower Egypt. Set shortly after the unification of Upper Egypt and Lower Egypt by the First Dynasty of Egypt.
    2589–2566 BC
    Based on the reign of Pharaoh Khufu (Cheops), a member of the Fourth Dynasty of Egypt.
  5. List of historical fiction by time period - Wikipedia › wiki › List_of_historical_fiction

    Set in the Early Modern Period (c. 1500 – 1760) Rachel Dyer: a North American Story by John Neal Sano Ichiro by Laura Joh Rowland Lymond Chronicles and The House of Niccolò by Dorothy Dunnett The Secrets of the Tudor Court and Face Down Mysteries by Kate Emerson Captain Alatriste by Arturo ...

  6. Lists of science fiction films - Wikipedia › wiki › Lists_of_science_fiction_films

    All of the films include core elements of science fiction, but can cross into other genres such as drama, mystery, action, horror, fantasy, and comedy. Among the listed movies are films that have won motion-picture and science fiction awards as well as films that have been listed among the worst movies ever made , or have won one or more Golden ...

  7. Top 20 history/historic fiction movies - IMDb › list › ls000015953

    63 Metascore. In 1839, the revolt of Mende captives aboard a Spanish owned ship causes a major controversy in the United States when the ship is captured off the coast of Long Island. The courts must decide whether the Mende are slaves or legally free. Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Djimon Hounsou, Matthew McConaughey, Anthony Hopkins, Morgan Freeman.

  8. The 25 Best Historical Movies of All Time - IMDb › list › ls069565244

    Cult Film (9) Father Son Relationship (9) National Film Registry (9) Pistol (9) Politics (9) Based On Real Person (8) Character Name In Title (8) Explosion (8) Famous Score (8) Father Daughter Relationship (8) Horse (8) Mother Son Relationship (8) Reference To God (8) Shot To Death (8) Soldier (8) World War Two (8) Bare Chested Male (7) Based On Book (7) Based On Novel (7)

  9. Historical Films | › historical-films
    • The Beginnings of The Historical Film
    • The Evolution of The Historical Film: The War Film
    • The Epic
    • The Biographical Film
    • The Topical Film
    • The Metahistorical Film
    • The Costume Drama
    • The Docudrama
    • Conclusion
    • Further Reading

    Epic films made in Italy between 1910 and 1914 were the first to capture the spectacular power of the cinema to recreate the past, and the first to extend the screening time of films to two and three hours or more. Films such as Quo Vadis? (1912), Cabiria (1914), and Spartaco (1913) were vast, sweeping depictions of the ancient world that united spectacle, lavish set design, and narrative in a way that had an enormous influence on film style, and that brought an extraordinary amount of publicity to thefilms even prior to their release. The Italian epics of the early silent period were a particular incentive to D. W. Griffith, who after seeing Quo Vadis? in 1913 decided to make a two-reel biblical film, Judith of Bethulia (1914). The grandest of the Italian epics, Cabiria, by Giovanni Pastrone (1883–1959), commanded such public attention for its length, epic form, and massive sets that just hearing about it prompted Griffith to begin planning his own epic, The Birth of a Nation (1915...

    The war film is one of the great modes of cinematic expression. Many war films have been lauded for their realism and their focus on the cruelties of war, as well as for their portraits of heroism. Outstanding examples of the subgenre include formidable Hollywood productions such as The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936), The Longest Day (1962), Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970), Glory (1989), and Saving Private Ryan (1998), but also more subdued treatments of war and resistance such as Roberto Rossellini's (1906–1977) Roma, città aperta (Rome, Open City, also known as Open City, 1945) and Paisà (Paisan, 1946). The Big Parade (1925) and All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) were extraordinarily successful works that established the war film in the United States as an important subgenre of historical filmmaking. The Big Parade, directed by King Vidor (1894–1982), contains memorable World War I battle sequences, especially a night battle scene that captures the nightmarish aspect of war on the...

    Giovanni Pastrone's Cabiria was quickly followed in Italy by many films dealing with ancient Rome and Greece. In America, after The Birth of a Nation established the viability of longer, ambitious historical films, MGM in 1925 released Ben-Hur, directed by William Wyler (1902–1981), which became a commercial blockbuster. Cecil B. DeMille's (1881–1959) The Ten Commandments(1923) established Hollywood as the major producer of epic films in the 1920s. In the 1930s and early 1940s, however, the epic form waned as audience tastes turned to contemporary subjects, exemplified in the sophisticated musicals and comedies of Hollywood and in the Italian "white telephone" comedy genre (films about the rich and idle). But the form returned full force in the early 1950s, with Quo Vadis (Mervyn LeRoy, 1951), and The Robe (Henry Koster, 1953), and the first film to be shot in Cinema Scope. The epic, with its lavish sets and mass choreography of crowds and armies, lent itself to the widescreen forma...

    The biographical film, or biopic, also has a long and distinguished history in world cinema, with several works attaining high status for their critical as well as their commercial success. For example, The Private Life of Henry VIII (Alexander Korda, 1933) was the British cinema's first international success; Charles Laughton (1899–1962) won a Best Actor Oscar® for his portrayal of the monarch. The French film Napoléon (Abel Gance, 1927) brought a similar sense of national pride to a country whose film industry had been devastated by World War I. Still regarded as one of the most outstanding achievements in the history of the cinema, Napoléon was seen as the culmination of the French cinema's rise from near annihilation in 1914. The Last Emperor (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1987), which won nine Academy Awards®, was the first film to be shot on location in Beijing's Forbidden City, heralding a more open era in Chinese–Western cultural relations. The biopic emerged as a recognizable subgen...

    Many important historical films center on a particular incident or focus on a specific period rather than on the grand narratives of war, heroic individual action, or theemergence of a race or nation in the form of the epic. The topical, or period, film is exemplified by such celebrated works as Rossellini's Rome, Open City and Paisan, Senso (Luchino Visconti, 1954), La Marseillaise (Jean Renoir, 1938), Danton (Andrzej Wajda, 1982), Gallipoli (Peter Weir, 1981), and Titanic (James Cameron, 1997). Two other notable examples, Eight Men Out (1988) and Matewan (1987), are the work of the independent film-maker John Sayles. Commenting on Matewan, Sayles explained that, rather than recreate an entire fifteen-year period in American labor history, he focused on the Matewan Massacre, an incident in the mining industry, as one episode that epitomized that period. Similarly, Eight Men Out, a film that focuses on the Black Sox scandal of 1919, in which several players conspired to throw the Wo...

    Certain films can be called metahistorical because they offer embedded or explicit critiques of the way history is conventionally represented. Courage Under Fire, for example, employs multiple flashbacks from different points of view to piece together a disputed account of a female air force officer's death. Walker (Alex Cox, 1987) brings present-day objects from consumer culture into its collage-like narrative of the nineteenth-century adventurer William Walker, who declared himself emperor of Nicaragua. What these films have in common is the attempt to interrogate the process of historical representation, both written and filmed. JFK presents a provocative interpretation of the assassination of John F. Kennedy in a highly charged, polemical style that mixes idioms, splices together documentary and historical footage, and uses montage editing to disorient and "agitate" the viewer in a manner that calls into question accepted interpretations of the past. Hitler—ein Film aus Deutschl...

    The costume drama can be distinguished from other variants of the historical film by virtue of its fictional basis. Its plot is most often based on a fictional literary source, and it does not depend on actual historical events as its main focus or framing material. Nevertheless, the costume drama provides many pleasures for viewers, for it often features a sumptuous recreation of a historical period and setting, with the density of detail in the costumes and décor providing a source of sensual pleasure that equates history with emotion and passion. The Gainsborough Studio in the 1940s produced a number of notable costume dramas, including adaptations of literary works such as The Man in Grey (1943), Fanny by Gaslight (1944), and The Wicked Lady(1945). Costume dramas such as The Mask of Zorro (1998) and Dangerous Liaisons(1988) employ historical settings for their aesthetic value, allowing the viewer to become avoyeur of the past. Historical films in general appeal to this emotional...

    The docudrama, another type of visual narrative dealing with the past, has gained a significant place in television broadcasting, with such well-known titles as Brian's Song (1971), Roots (1977), and Everybody's Baby: The Rescue of Jessica McClure (1989). The genre in its original form combined documentary and drama, categories usually conceived as separate. According to Janet Staiger, the docudrama derives from the early US television program You Are There(1953–1957), which featured staged interviews with actors representing the actual participants in historical events, such as the conquest of Mexico. The "you are there" form, however, has fallen into disuse, and most docudramas employ mainstream forms of dramatic representation and apply them to historical events. They combine fictional narrative techniques with an explicit claim to record or report "reality," a characteristic of television broadcasting in general. In blending narrative and documentary style, the docudrama sets fo...

    The historical film emerged as a strong genre form very early in cinema history and has renewed itself many times over the course of the twentieth century and into the twenty-first. Although the world of the past is its subject, the genre is often in the vanguard in terms of visual style and cinematic technique. The dramatic, compelling portraits of the past that are brought to life in the historical film have made it one of the most prestigious as well as one of the most controversial genres in film. It provides both a lens onto the past, which it frequently recreates with exquisite attention to detail and period style, while also reflecting the cultural sensibility of the period in which it was made. Above all, the historical film provides an emotional connection to history in a way that foregrounds the power and importance of the past in shaping the cultural imaginary in the present. SEE ALSO Biography;Epic Films;Genre;Melodrama;Vietnam War;War Films;World War I;World War II

    Burgoyne, Robert. Film Nation: Hollywood Looks at U.S. History. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1997. Carnes, Mark C., ed. Past Imperfect: History According to the Movies. New York: Henry Holt, 1995. Custen, George. Bio/Pics: How Hollywood Constructed Public History. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1992. Davis, Natalie Zemon. Slaves on Screen: Film and Historical Vision. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UniversityPress, 2000. Elley, Derek. The Epic Film. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1984. Harper, Sue. Picturing the Past: The Rise and Fall of the British Costume Film. London: British Film Institute, 1994. Kaes, Anton. From Hitler to Heimat: The Return of History as Film. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UniversityPress, 1989. Rosenstone, Robert A. Visions of the Past: The Challenge of Film to Our Idea of History. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1995. Sobchack, Vivian, ed. The Persistence of History: Cinema, Television, and the Modern Event. New York: Routledge, 199...

  10. 100 Best History movies - IMDb › list › ls009668055

    Jun 13, 2019 · In the waning days of the American Civil War, a wounded soldier embarks on a perilous journey back home to Cold Mountain, North Carolina to reunite with his sweetheart. Director: Anthony Minghella | Stars: Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger, Eileen Atkins. Votes: 140,316 | Gross: $95.64M.

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