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McCarthyism Explained In a New TED-Ed Video. Are movies a good way to learn history? Hollywood loves history.

Are movies a good way to learn history?

At this year’s Academy Awards, three nominees for Best Picture (“Fences,” “Hacksaw Ridge” and “Hidden Figures”) were “historical” to today’s teenagers – set in or about events that occurred before they were born. History movies, like most movies, have a huge audience in the U.S. Henrietta Lacks film highlights important issues, Johns Hopkins history. By Hub staff report /Published Apr 18 Johns Hopkins leaders sent a message to the JHU and Hopkins Medicine communities today about an upcoming HBO film, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

Henrietta Lacks film highlights important issues, Johns Hopkins history

'Hidden Figures' Is Coming to Classrooms. The real-life story behind the hit movie Hidden Figures doesn't end once the credits roll; for educators, there's now a free curriculum to use in the classroom that shines a light on the pioneering African-American women of NASA's space program.

'Hidden Figures' Is Coming to Classrooms

Published by Journeys in Film, this Hidden Figures curriculum is made up of eight lesson plans aimed primarily at social studies classes, covering topics such as the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, and the math of space travel. In addition to fleshing out the social and political climate that Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Dorothy Vaughan were living in, some courses also focus on the movie itself, with attention paid to the filmmaking techniques used and an analysis of the shooting script. Recreating history for the movies. Hidden Figures: A Film with History, Science and Female Empowerment – The McKendree Review.

By Paxton Cohoon, Contributing Writer The film Hidden Figures was released on December 25, 2016 and has grossed $2.9 million from only 25 different locations since then.

Hidden Figures: A Film with History, Science and Female Empowerment – The McKendree Review

The weekend of its release, the film made $1 million more than estimated and beat out Rogue One by .8 million. Over the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend, the film sold 20.5 million tickets in North American theaters. However, its success did not stop there. What makes this historical comedy-drama so popular is the inside scoops on how three African American female mathematicians helped one man orbit earth in the 1960s. These women had to deal with racism and sexism, and the film does not shy away from that. Jim Parsons, Taraji P. During this time, there was only one colored bathroom in NASA. What Is Apocalypse Now Really About? An Hour-Long Video Analysis of Francis Ford Coppola's Vietnam Masterpiece.

The distorted sounds of helicopter blades.

What Is Apocalypse Now Really About? An Hour-Long Video Analysis of Francis Ford Coppola's Vietnam Masterpiece

The drunken punch that shatters the mirror. The “Ride of the Valkyries” attack. “I love the smell of napalm in the morning.” The slaughtering of the water buffalo. Stories of the Past and Future (alt-text) - Watch the Greatest Silent Films Ever Made in Our Collection of 101 Free Silent Films Online. Free Online: Meet John Doe, Frank Capra's Inspiring 1941 Classic - 50 Film Noirs You Can Watch For Free: A Dame with a Past. A Desperate, Doomed Man. A Gun. Film noir isn’t really a genre.

50 Film Noirs You Can Watch For Free: A Dame with a Past. A Desperate, Doomed Man. A Gun.

It’s a mood. Its elements are so well known that they border on self-parody. Neon lights. Inky black shadows. 700 Free Movies Online: Great Classics, Indies, Noir, Westerns. .

700 Free Movies Online: Great Classics, Indies, Noir, Westerns

We also have special collections of . Free Comedy & Dramas 125 Korean Feature Films – Free – The Korean Film Archive has put on YouTube over 100 Korean feature films, including Im Kwon-taek’s Sopyonje and Hong Sangsoo’s The Day the Pig Fell Into a Well. A bonanza for fans of Korean film.70 Movies in HD from Famed Russian Studio Mosfilm – Free – Includes films by Tarkovsky, Eisenstein and Kurosawa, plus Sergei Bondarchuk’s 1969 adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace.

These all appear on Mosfilm’s official YouTube channel.A Farewell to Arms – Free – Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes star in a film based on famous novel by Ernest Hemingway. (1932)A Hunting Accident – Free – Soviet romantic drama directed by Emil Loteanu, adapted from Anton Chekhov’s “The Shooting Party.” Watch Earth, a Landmark of Soviet Cinema (1930) Today we’re adding to our list of Free Movies a 1930 Soviet silent film by director Alexander Dovzhenko.

Watch Earth, a Landmark of Soviet Cinema (1930)

It’s called Earth, and it’s the third installment in Dovzhenko’s “Ukraine Trilogy.” When The Guardian created its list of the Top 10 Silent Movies of all time, it put Earth in the #9 slot. About the film writer Pamela Hutchinson said: Earth, capped by that avowedly secular title, is a lyrical, carnal movie about birth, death, sex and rebellion. Today in History: King Kong barges into New York and Film Canon (1933) When History Is Not Good Enough for Hollywood: Selma, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Martin Luther King Jr. - American Historical Association. This is the first in a series of posts on AHA Today that will discuss the film Selma.

When History Is Not Good Enough for Hollywood: Selma, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Martin Luther King Jr. - American Historical Association

Author Kent Germany is associate professor of history at the University of South Carolina and non-resident research fellow with the Presidential Recordings Program at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center. He is the author of New Orleans After the Promises and editor of four volumes on the Lyndon Johnson recordings, including a digital edition on LBJ and civil rights. “Get it right; and don’t be boring.” That is the advice I give to students about writing history. I stole it from Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times reporter Charlie Leduff after hearing him on the radio (thank you, Terry Gross). “That’s just not true”: What “Selma” and the establishment get wrong about LBJ. Because of last year being the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act — the equally important (and currently imperiled) Voting Rights Act will hit the half-century mark later this year — and because of the runaway success of the film “Selma,” Lyndon Baines Johnson has been a real topic of conversation in American politics so far this year.

“That’s just not true”: What “Selma” and the establishment get wrong about LBJ

At first blush, this probably seems odd; Johnson’s been dead for more than four decades. But as Princeton historian Julian Zelizer demonstrates in “The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress and Battle for the Great Society,” his new look at the 36th president’s most fruitful years, one of the reasons Johnson still looms so large in the American consciousness is because the politics of his time and the politics of today are much more alike than you may think. What made you want to write this book? Teaching History With Film: 'Lincoln', 'Argo' and 'Zero Dark Thirty' Photo Three of this year’s Oscar contenders — “Lincoln,” “Argo” and “Zero Dark Thirty” — invite viewers to look at history, either through the lens of the distant past (as in the case of “Lincoln”) or through recent events (like “Zero Dark Thirty”), and to question the degree of truth and fiction at work in the retelling of these events.

These same three movies have also prompted some serious debate and reflection on American politics, and the direction the nation should be headed. Below, we offer ways you can approach each film in the classroom, with critical thinking questions and related Times resources. While they are intended as jumping-off points for further discussion and reflection, you can also have students address these themes by writing their own movie reviews or scene analyses. Overview | “Lincoln” is a historical drama and biopic, written by Tony Kushner, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Daniel Day-Lewis, that covers the final four months of Abraham Lincoln’s life.

Oscar Films & the Prison of Historical Accuracy. How true should historical fiction be? Does historical fiction have a duty to be factually accurate? It's a question I've found myself discussing a lot lately, most recently on BBC Radio 4's Today programme with Sarah Churchwell, who claimed that some historical novelists use "poetic licence" as an excuse for sloppy or minimal research.

I had a conversation on the same theme the week before at the Independent Bath Literature festival with fellow novelist Sarah Dunant, who argued forcefully that authors have a responsibility to not present readers with deliberately false information about a historical character or period, and to make clear how much they have invented. It's certainly true that historical fiction is enjoying a boom at the moment, from heavyweight prizewinners such as Hilary Mantel and Andrew Miller to more populist series from authors including Philippa Gregory, or historical crime by the likes of CJ Sansom, Jed Rubenfeld or my own alter ego, SJ Parris.

"Histori. When It Matters that Hollywood Get History Right. Robert Brent Toplin was a professor of history at Denison University and is professor emeritus at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. Currently he lives in Charlottesville, where he teaches occasional courses at the University of Virginia. Toplin has published several books about film and history, including Reel History: In Defense of Hollywood. Contact: rt2b@virginia.edu This year, as is often the case, history-oriented movies are among the top films competing for Best Picture, and all of these productions have come under some criticism for mixing fact with fiction. Jaws, 40 years on: ‘One of the truly great and lasting classics of American cinema’ First things first; Jaws is not about a shark. It may have a shark in it – and indeed all over the poster, the soundtrack album, the paperback jacket and so on. It may have scared a generation of cinemagoers out of the water for fear of being bitten in half by the “teeth of the sea”.

But the underlying story of Jaws is more complex than the simple terror of being eaten by a very big fish. As a novel, it reads like a morality tale about the dangers of extramarital sex and the inability of a weak father to control his family and his community. Oscars: Real History Is Far More Intriguing than Reel History. Bruce Chadwick lectures on history and film at Rutgers University in New Jersey. He also teaches writing at New Jersey City University.

How 12 Years a Slave Gets History Right: By Getting It Wrong. Historical Vocab: When We Get It Wrong, Does It Matter? Linguist Geoff Nunberg finds that in the film Lincoln, screenwriter Tony Kushner oscillates between old and modern meanings of "equality. " DreamWorks/Twentieth Century Fox hide caption itoggle caption DreamWorks/Twentieth Century Fox. Titanic Movie vs. Titanic History - Pictures, Survivors, Facts. When anyone asks me how I can best describe my experience in nearly forty years at sea, I merely say, uneventful. Tarantino Unchained - The New Yorker. In early 2010, not long after the release of Quentin Tarantino’s Second World War revenge epic, “Inglourious Basterds,” I began teaching a course on American history at Moscow State University. 14 Things You Might Not Know About 'The Sound of Music' Yesterday, the movie version of The Sound of Music—starring Julie Andrews as Maria von Trapp, an aspiring nun who is sent to care for the seven children of an Austrian naval captain—turned 50.

With its iconic camerawork, catchy musical score, and great performances, it’s not hard to see why so many people still love The Sound of Music, even after all these years. 15 Things You May Not Know About 'Enemy at the Gates' 8 Historical Inaccuracies From the Film Gladiator. Rosewood. Pearl Harbor. QuizShow. Apollo 13. Historical Critique. Scene Analysis. What to Look for in Historical Films.