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Peter Field: What if… Hollywood got history right?

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Dr Peter Field, Associate Professor of History, College of Arts

• Is there a premium on truth in movies?
• Does Hollywood’s take on history come to us with a specific slant?
• What if Hollywood actually got history right?

Hollywood at the beginning of the twenty-first century stands as America’s most valuable export, grossing billions of dollars worldwide. With so many eyeballs watching its movies, Hollywood is also the number one purveyor of stories about America and its history. In just the last year audiences have enjoyed Hollywood’s take on slavery, civil rights, the assassination of Osama bin Laden and the triumph of Abraham Lincoln—to name only a few. How sensible, then, to ask if Hollywood has gotten its history right.

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Featured images: Cover art, poster and screen shot from the movie Braveheart. The 1995 epic historical drama war film about the First War of Scottish Independence. Copyright belong to the distributor, Paramount Pictures (USA) 20th Century Fox (non-USA).