Comparative Film and Perspectives on History Film Review by writingsensation

Comparative Film and Perspectives on History
Examines three movies ("The Best Years of Our Lives", "Seabiscuit" and "Malcolm X") to show how they have successfully and accurately portrayed events in history.
# 67932 | 2,460 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2005 | US
Published on Jul 25, 2006 in Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.) , History (General)

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The trouble with filmmakers using history as a genre to appeal to the mass audience is that most times the view of history is skewed to fit the status quo perception of the event. Fortunately filmmakers like Spike Lee, Gary Ross and William Wyler have brought it upon themselves to attempt to make movies that tell a history in the correct framework of historical context. This paper examines the three films: "The Best Years of Our Lives", "Seabiscuit" and "Malcolm X" to show how these filmmakers worked to bring the stories of historical events to light and used different film techniques to accomplish this feat.

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"Because for much of his racing career the horse was considered undersized and therefore the underdog, this movie is considered a feel good film for today's audience. The movie takes place during a time of the American economy at its worst, during and after the Depression. The movie effectively paints the picture of how bad things were for people by using a grey color scheme and grey urban settings. The only time the viewer sees color such as reds and browns are in the context of the rich or the businessman's home."

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