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Gone with the Glory: The Civil War in Cinema [Hardcover]

Brian Steel Wills

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28 Sep 2006
From Birth of a Nation to Cold Mountain hundreds of directors, actors, and screenwriters have used the Civil War to create compelling cinema. However, each generation of moviemakers has resolved the tug of war between entertainment value and historical accuracy differently. Historian Brian Wills takes readers on a journey through the portrayal of the war in film, exploring what Hollywood got right and wrong, how the films influenced each other, and, ultimately, how the movies reflect America's changing understandings of the conflict and of the nation.

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Hollywood has had a long and complex relationship with the American Civil War. From The Birth of a Nation through Glory and Cold Mountain, scores of Civil War-related films have revealed at least as much about the eras in which they were made as about the events and characters they depicted. Brian Wills's excellent treatment, which captures the ebb and flow of cinematic themes and interpretations over the past 90 years, will prove invaluable in helping readers choose which films to watch.--Gary W. Gallagher, author of The Confederate War and Lee and His Generals in War and Memory

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Brian S. Wills is Kenneth Asbury Professor of History at the University of Virginia's College at Wise. He is the author of The Confederacy's Greatest Cavalryman: Nathan Bedford Forrest, The War Hits Home: The Civil War in Southeastern Virginia, No Ordinary College: A History of the University of Virginia at Wise.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Civil War and Cinema, fact and fiction for history buffs and educators 25 Nov 2013
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I was introduced to the book through a museum presentation by the author at North Carolina's Museum of the Albemarle. The context was exceptional, as the 2013 exhibition "Real to Reel" was in place on the making Gone With the Wind at the same time. The information in Gone with the Glory is a rare lens to be looking through for any Civil War buff and a resource for educators in an increasingly visual world of teaching and learning. The book opens up ways to use film for conversations on what is accurate and what is not in depictions of the war that, surprising to most, incurred more American losses associated with it than the sum of all other wars with American troop deployments combined, through major US deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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