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Reflections on Hollywood, History, and Sports
Hollywood filmmakers have a long history of representing the American past. In some cases, they have done so with great imagination and verve, taking many liberties along the way, of course—which is fine. After all, most feature films do not make bold “truth” claims about their subjects; they are usually content to remain loosely—sometimes very loosely—connected to their historical referents. Moreover, it would be foolish to expect Hollywood to provide moviegoers with historical truth when myth and fantasy are so much more profitable. This DOROT session will examine some of the challenges of thinking about how Hollywood filmmakers have represented the American past, specifically American sport history, with an emphasis on James Gartner’s Glory Road (2006).

Aug 24, 2022 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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