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History at the Movies:
Historical and Period Films












What's on this page? The films below are at least marginally based on real historical events and people. Also included at the end of each era is a small sampling of purely fictional films set in that particular time period.

Before the Common Era (BC / BCE)
1st - 12th Century AD
13th - 15th Century AD
16th Century
17th Century
18th Century
19th Century: 1800 - 1850
19th Century: 1851 - 1899
1900 - 1920
1921 - 1930
1931 - 1940
1941 - 1950
1951 - 1960
1961 - 1970
1971-1980
1981-1990
1991--

Biographical movies
Ancient Civilizations in the Movies
Literary Adaptations
War movies

Before the Common Era (BC / BCE)

For movies about Greece and Rome, SEE separate videography

For biblical epics and the life of Jesus, SEE separate videography

Asoka (India, 2001)
Directed by Santosh Sivan. Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Danny Denzongpa, Ruhul Dev, Hrishitaa Bhatt, Gerson da'Cunha, Umesh Mehra, Subhashini, Suraj Balaje, Ajit Kumar. Traces the life of Emperor Asoka (304 BC - 232 BC), the grandson of Chandragupta Maurya who assended the throne of Magadha in the 3rd century B.C. To extend the borders of his kingdom, he wages one of the bloodiest wars in history with the neighboring kingdom of Kalinga, leaving it ravaged and devastated. Confronted by the aftermath of his conquest, Asoka is overcome with remorse and renounces the path of war to dedicate his life to spreading the teachings of Buddhism. 150 min. DVD 1367
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Fictional Films Set in this time period
The Emperor and the Assassin (Jing ke ci qin wang) (France / Japan / China, 1998) DVD 857
Intolerance (1916) DVD 1544; vhs DVD:149
Land of the Pharaohs (1955) DVD 9402
One Million Years B.C. (1966) DVD X1078; vhs 999:1707
Quest for Fire (La Guerre du feu) (Canada / France / USA, 1981) vhs 999:1709

1st - 12th Century AD/CE

Aberth, John. A knight at the movies : medieval history on film New York : Routledge, 2003. (MAIN: PN1995.9.M52 A24 2003)
Austin, Greta. "Were the Peasants Really So Clean? The Middle Ages in Film." Film History, Vol. 14, No. 2, Film and Religion (2002), pp. 136-141 UC users only
Burt, Richard. Medieval and early modern film and media Basingstoke ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. (MAIN: PN1995.9.H5 B895 2008)
Film and fiction : reviewing the Middle Ages /edited by Tom Shippey with Martin Arnold. Cambridge [England] ; Rochester, NY, USA : D.S. Brewer, 2003. (MAIN: CB351 .S78 v.12)
Finke, Laurie. Cinematic illuminations : the Middle Ages on film / Laurie A. Finke and Martin B. Shichtman. Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.M5)
Francaviglia, Richard. "Crusaders and Saracens: Orientalism in Historically Themed Motion Pictures about the Middle East." In: Lights, camera, history : portraying the past in film / edited by Richard Francaviglia and Jerry Rodnitzky ; with an introduction by Peter C. Rollins ; contributions by Robert Rosenstone ... [et al.]. 1st ed. College Station : Published for the University of Texas at Arlington by Texas A&M University Press, c2007. (Main Stack PN1995.2.L54 2007)
Haydock, Nickolas. Movie medievalism : the imaginary Middle Ages Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2008. (MAIN: PN1995.9.M52 H39 2008)
Lindley, Arthur. "The ahistoricism of medieval film, by Abstract available." Screening the Past, Issue 3, 20 July 1998
The Medieval hero on screen : representations from Beowulf to Buffy / edited by Martha W. Driver and Sid Ray ; with a foreword by Jonathan Rosenbaum. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2004. (Main Stack PN1995.9.H44.M44 2004)
Race, class, and gender in "medieval" cinema Edited by Lynn T. Ramey and Tison Pugh. New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. (Full text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.M52 R33 2007)
Williams, David John. "Looking at the Middle Ages in the cinema: an overview." Film & History Vol XXIX nr 1-2 ; p 8-32. UC users only
Williams, David John. "Medieval Movies." Yearbook of English Studies 20 (1990) p.1
UC users only

Becket (1964)
Directed by Peter Glenville. Cast: Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, John Gielgud. As young men, Thomas a Becket (1118 -1170 A.D.) and King Henry II (1133-1189 A.D.)of 12th century England wench and carouse together. In middle age, Henry appoints Becket Archbishop of Canterbury but a stormy clash develops when Becket, sobered by his office, challenges Henry's royal edicts. 151 min.DVD 8070; vhs 999:208
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Awards

Golden Globes, USA - Best Motion Picture - Drama
National Board of Review, USA - Best Film

The Conqueror (1955)
Directed by Dick Powell. Cast: John Wayne, Susan Hayward, Pedro Armendariz, Agnes Moorehead, Thomas Gomez, William Conrad, John Hoyt, Ted de Corsia. In one of his most unusual roles ever, John Wayne portrays Genghis Khan (1162-1227). Mongol chief Temujin (who becomes the emperor Genghis Khan), battles against Tartar armies and for the love of the Tartar princess Bortai. 111 min.DVD X6070
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The Crusades (1935)
Directed by Cecil B. DeMille. Cast: Loretta Young, Henry Wilcoxon, Ian Keith, Alan Hale, Katherine DeMille, C. Aubrey Smith, Joseph Schildkraut. Christians in medieval Europe are planning war against the Saracens, who have taken over the Holy City of Jerusalem. In order to obtain supplies for his soldiers, England's King Richard the Lion-Hearted (Richard I, 1157-1199). is forced to marry a princess he has never met. 126 min.DVD 5666; vhs 999:3397
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Francaviglia, Richard V. "Crusaders and Saracens: the persistence of orientalism in historically themed motion pictures about the Middle East." In: Lights, camera, history : portraying the past in film / edited by Richard Francaviglia and Jerry Rodnitzky ; with an introduction by Peter C. Rollins ; contributions by Robert Rosenstone ... [et al.]. 1st ed. College Station : Published for the University of Texas at Arlington by Texas A&M University Press, c2007. (PN1995.2 .L54 2007)
Stock, Lorraine Kochanske. ""He's not an ardent suitor, is he, brother?" : Richard the Lionheart's ambiguous sexuality in Cecil B. DeMille's The Crusades (1935)." In: Queer movie medievalisms / edited by Kathleen Coyne Kelly, Tison Pugh. Farnham, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.H55 Q45 2009)

The Destiny (al-Massir) (France / Egypt, 1997)
Directed by Youssef Chahine. In 12th century Andalousie, the great Islamic philosopher known throughout Europe as Averroes (Abu- 'I-Wali-d Muhammad ibn Ahmad ibn Rushd)(1126-1198), first council to the calife, is recognized for his wisdom, tolerance and fairness. But he must confront powerful adversaries who use Islam in their quest for absolute conquest. 135 min. vhs 999:3178
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Hoffman, Don. "Chahine's Destiny: Prophetic Nostalgia and the Other Middle Ages." In: Race, class, and gender in "medieval" cinema / edited by Lynn T. Ramey and Tison Pugh. New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2007 (Main Stack PN1995.9.M52.R33 2007)
Khouri, Malek. "Anxieties of fundamentalism and the dynamics of modernist resistance: Youssef Chahine's Al Maseer (The Destiny).(Critical essay)." CineAction 69 (Spring 2006): 12(12).

Youssef Chahine bibliography

El Cid (Italy / USA / UK, 1961)
Directed by Anthony Mann. Cast: Charlton Heston, Sophia Loren, Raf Vallone, Genevieve Page, John Fraser, Gary Raymond, Hurd Hatfield, Massimo Serato, Herbert Lom, Ralph Truman. Eleventh-century Spain is divided into Christian kingdoms and Moorish strongholds. The young Rodrigo Diaz de Bivar, a Castillian knight who has been dubbed El Cid [El Cid Campeador "The Lord Champion"] by his followers, vows to free his country from the invader. This epic tale romanticizes the years of love, warfare, revenge, rivalries, as El Cid becomes a revered warrior. Much of the movie was shot on location in Spain - including the castles of Belmonte (Cuenca) and Peniscola (Castellon). Special features: Disc 1: Feature commentary with Bill Bronston (son of producer) and Neal M. Rosendorf, vintage radio interviews with Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren, still galleries; filmographies ; Disc 2: "Hollywood conquers Spain: the making of El Cid", "Samuel Bronston: the epic journey of a dreamer", "Behind the camera: Anthony Mann and El Cid", "Miklos Rozsa: maestro of the movies", "Preserving our legacy: Gerry Byrne on film preservation and restoration", trailer gallery. 188 min.DVD 9290
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Harty, Kevin J. "Agenda Layered Upon Agenda: Anthony Mann's 1961 Film El Cid." In: Hollywood in the Holy Land : essays on film depictions of the Crusades and Christian-Muslim clashes / edited by Nickolas Haydock and E.L. Risden. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.M52 H65 2009)
Hunt, Leon "What are big boys made of : Spartacus, El Cid and the male epic." In: You Tarzan : masculinity, movies, and men / edited by Pat Kirkham and Janet Thumim. New York : St. Martin's Press, 1993. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1995.9.M46 Y68 1993)
Jancovich, Mark. ""The Purest Knight of All": Nation, History, and Representation in El Cid (1960)." Cinema Journal. Vol. 40, Iss. 1; p. 79 (25 pages) UC users only
Jancovich, Mark. "'Samuel Bronston's Latest Epic': Spectacle, Heterogeneity and Nation in the Critical Reception of El Cid (1961)." Comparative American Studies; Dec2010, Vol. 8 Issue 4, p300-315, 16p UC users only
Winkler, Martin M. "Mythic and cinematic traditions in Anthony Mann's El Cid." Mosaic : a Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature. Summer 1993. Vol. 26, Iss. 3; p. 89
UC users only

Empress Wu Zetian (Wu Zetian) (China, 1939)
Directed by Fang Peilin. Cast: Hong Bai, Lanjun Gu, Zhizhi Hang. Empress Wu rose to power after the decline of the Tang Dynasty (690 to 705 A.D.) and ruled at a time when women were still bound by tradition and a patriarchal social structure. This film traces her entry into the Imperial Palace as a favored concubine, her rise to power and her dalliances with her lovers, the Zhang brothers, who later conspired to remove her from the throne. 95 min. DVD 9423
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Lion in Winter (UK, 1968)
Directed by Anthony Harvey. Cast: Peter O'Toole, Katharine Hepburn. Queen Eleanor (c. 1122?-1204 A.D.) (Hepburn) tries to align herself with France in order to insure her eldest son's position as heir to the throne. King Henry II (1133-1189 A.D.) (O'Toole) favors his youngest son for the coveted title. The sons care little for either parent, and each will stop at nothing to obtain personal power. The King and Queen's relationship is dissected as they plot, love, cheat, connive and try to politically devour each other. 136 min. DVD X1081; vhs 999:204
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Awards

Directors Guild of America, USA - Outstanding Directorial Achievement
Golden Globes, USA - Best Motion Picture - Drama
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Film

"Lion in Winter." In: Best American screenplays 2 : complete screenplays / edited by Sam Thomas. New York : Crown Publishers, c1990. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.A1 B364 1990)

Mongol (Kazakhstan / Russia / Mongolia / Germany, 2007)
Directed by Sergei Bodrov. Cast: Asano Tadanobu, Sun Hong Ley, Khulan Chuluun, Odnyam Odsuren, Delves into the dramatic and harrowing early years of Genghis Khan (1162-1227), the ruler who was born as Temudgin in 1162. Follows Temudgin from his perilous childhood to the battle that sealed his destiny. Portrays the future conqueror not as an evil brute, but as an inspiring, fearless and visionary leader. 126 min. DVD X434
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Awards
National Board of Review - Best Foreign Language Film

Beale, Lewis. "Mongol." Film Journal International, Jun2008, Vol. 111 Issue 6, p37-38, 2p UC users only
Brett, Anwar. "Sergei Bodrov" Film Review, Jul2008, Issue 697, p86-91, 6p UC users only
Brooke, Michael. "Mongol." Sight & Sound, Jun2008, Vol. 18 Issue 6, p68-69, 2p UC users only
Eagan, Daniel. "Epic Challenge." Film Journal International, Jun2008, Vol. 111 Issue 6, p16-27, 3p UC users only

Razia Sultan (India, 1982)
Directed by Kamal Amrohi. Depicts a tale of stormy love, unflinching loyalty and sacrifice unfolded from the leaves of 11th century Indian history about Queen Razia (1205 - 1240) and her love for a lowly Abyssinian slave, Yaqub. 176 min. DVD 2258
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Saladin (Al-Nasir Salah al-Din) (1963)
Director, Youssef Chahine. In the 12th century, Saladin, Sultan of Egypt and Syria, unites the Arab nation, liberates Jerusalem from its European captors, and defeats the Crusaders. After his success Saladin pledges that Arab Jerusalem will remain open to all pilgrims, whatever their religion. The love interest in the subplot sees the union of a female Crusader and Saladin's Christian Arab lieutenant. 145 min. vhs 999:3319
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Youssef Chahine bibliography

John M. Ganim. "Reversing the crusades: hegemony, orientalism, and film language in Youssef Chahine's Saladin." In: Race, class, and gender in "medieval" cinema / edited by Lynn T. Ramey and Tison Pugh. New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2007 (Main Stack PN1995.9.M52.R33 2007)
Stock, Lorraine C. "Now Starring in the Third Crusade: Depictions of Richard I and Saladin in Films and Television Series." In: Hollywood in the Holy Land : essays on film depictions of the Crusades and Christian-Muslim clashes / edited by Nickolas Haydock and E.L. Risden. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.M52 H65 2009)

For movies about the life of Jesus Christ, SEE separate videography

See Also, Shakespeare plays set in this time period:
King John

Fictional Films Set in this time period
Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) DVD 2039; vhs 999:588
Camelot (1967) DVD 564
A Connecticut Yankee (1931) vhs 999:3867
The Court Jester (1955) vhs 999:3821
Curse of the Golden Flower (Hong Kong / China, 2006) DVD 8246
Excalibur (1981) DVD X1080
First Knight (1995) DVD 1009
The Hunchback of Notre Dame SEE Literary videography
Ivanhoe (1952) DVD X1477
Kingdom of Heaven (2005) DVD 4488
A Knight's Tale (2001) DVD 1008
Lancelot du lac (Lancelot of the Lake) (France / Italy, 1974) DVD 2755; vhs 999:1206
Monty Python and the Holy Grail(1975) DVD 503
The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey (Australia / New Zealand, 1988) DVD 4483
Pathfinder (Ofelas) (Norway, 1987) vhs 999:3673
Perceval the Gaul (Perceval le Gallois) (France, 1978) DVD X5591; vhs 999:3190
Red Cliff (Chi bi) (China, 2008) DVD X3417
Robin and Marian (1976) vhs 999:3180
Robin Hood (1922) DVD 972
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) DVD 975
The Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde inseglet) (Sweden, 1957) DVD 18
Sansho the Bailiff (Sanshô-dayû) (Japan, 1954) DVD 8117
They Who Step on the Tail of the Tiger (Tora no o wo fumu otokotachi) (Japan, 1945) DVD X2442
Thirteenth Warrior (1999) DVD 5842
The Vikings (1958) DVD 5843

13-15th Century AD/CE

Aberth, John. A knight at the movies : medieval history on film New York : Routledge, 2003. (MAIN: PN1995.9.M52 A24 2003)
Austin, Greta. "Were the Peasants Really So Clean? The Middle Ages in Film." Film History, Vol. 14, No. 2, Film and Religion (2002), pp. 136-141 UC users only
Burt, Richard. Medieval and early modern film and media Basingstoke ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. (MAIN: PN1995.9.H5 B895 2008)
Film and fiction : reviewing the Middle Ages /edited by Tom Shippey with Martin Arnold. Cambridge [England] ; Rochester, NY, USA : D.S. Brewer, 2003. (MAIN: CB351 .S78 v.12)
Finke, Laurie. Cinematic illuminations : the Middle Ages on film / Laurie A. Finke and Martin B. Shichtman. Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.M5)
Haydock, Nickolas. Movie medievalism : the imaginary Middle Ages Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2008. (MAIN: PN1995.9.M52 H39 2008)
Lindley, Arthur. "The ahistoricism of medieval film, by Abstract available." Screening the Past, Issue 3, 20 July 1998
The Medieval hero on screen : representations from Beowulf to Buffy / edited by Martha W. Driver and Sid Ray ; with a foreword by Jonathan Rosenbaum. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2004. (Main Stack PN1995.9.H44.M44 2004)
Race, class, and gender in "medieval" cinema Edited by Lynn T. Ramey and Tison Pugh. New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. (Full text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.M52 R33 2007)
Williams, David John. "Looking at the Middle Ages in the cinema: an overview." Film & History Vol XXIX nr 1-2 (1999); p 8-32. UC users only
Williams, David John. "Medieval Movies." Yearbook of English Studies 20 (1990) p.1
UC users only

1492: Conquest of Paradise (UK / USA / France / Spain, 1992)
Directed by Ridley Scott. Cast: Gerard Depardieu, Armand Assante, Loren Dean, Angela Molina, Fernando Rey, Michael Wincott, Tcheky Karyo, Kevin Dunn, Mark Margolis, Juan Diego Botto, Achero Manas, Sigourney Weaver. The film chronicles the voyages of Columbus, the colonization of the New World highlighting Old World arrogance and New World innocence and concluding with Columbus' personal tragedy. 150 min. DVD X6640; vhs 999:3672
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The Age of Cosimo de Medici (L'età di Cosimo de' Medici)(Italy, 1972)
Directed by Roberto Rossellini. Cast: Giorgio Gobbi, Cristiano Mancini, Marilena Paci, Stefano Accorsi. Like a Renaissance painting come to life, gives a portrait of fifteenth-century Florence ruled by the Medici political dynasty. Focuses on two of the city's leading citizens: banker Cosimo de' Medici [1389-1464] and art theorist Leon Battista Alberti [1404-1472]. 255 min. DVD X1137
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Forgacs, David. "Rossellini's Pictorial Histories." Film Quarterly, Spring2011, Vol. 64 Issue 3, p25-36, 12p UC users only

The Agony and the Ecstasy(1965)
Directed by Carol Reed. Cast: Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison, Diane Cilento, Harry Andrews, Alberto Lupo, Adolfo Celi. In this historical drama, when Pope Julius II (1443-1513) commissions Michelangelo (1475-1564) to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, the artist initially refuses. Virtually forced to do the job by Julius, he later destroys his own work and flees Rome. Eventually resumed, the project becomes a battle of wills fueled by the artistic and temperamental differences between the two men. Based on the novel of the same title by Irving Stone. 139 min. DVD X3094
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Felleman, Susan. Art in the cinematic imagination Austin : University of Texas Press, 2006. (MAIN: PN1995.9.A73 F46 2006)
Moss, Robert F. The films of Carol Reed New York: Columbia University Press, 1987. (MAIN: PN1998.A3 R3755 1987; Moffitt PN1998.A3 R3755 1987)

Alexander (Aleksandr) Nevsky (Soviet Union, 1938)
Directed by Sergei Eisenstein and Dmitri Vasilyev. Musical score, Sergei Prokofiev. Historical drama set in 1242 which deals with the defence of Russia by the prince, Alexander Nevsky (1220?-1263), from invasion by Teutonic crusaders. Special features: Audio essay by film scholar David Bordwell ; Russell Merritt's multimedia essay on the Eisenstein-Prokofiev collaboration ; reconstruction of Eisenstein's unfinished film Bezhin Meadow by the Eisenstein Museum's Naum Kleiman, plus scholar Jay Leyda's photos and documents from the set ; drawings and production stills ; restoration demonstration ; new English subtitle translation. 108 min. DVD 6653 (Criterion); DVD 192; VHS 999:72
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Andrei Rublev (Soviet Union, 1966)
Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. Story of the famed 15th century icon painter who survives the cruelties of medieval Russia to create works of art. DVD 336; VHS 999:865:1&2
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The Beloved Rogue (1927)
Directed by Alan Crosland. Cast: John Barrymore, Conrad Veidt, Marceline Day, Henry Victor, Mack Swain. "In 1432, while François Villon (1431 - 1463) is still an infant, his father dies as a martyr to his devotion to France. François grows up to be a renowned poet, an ardent patriot, and a notorious carouser who is not above criminal acts. During the revels of All Fools Day, he insults Duke Charles of Burgundy (1433 - 1477), for which King Louis XI (1423 - 1483), who is afraid of Charles, banishes Villon from Paris. In exile outside the city walls, François looks for ways to protect France from Burgundy's plots. When Charles plans to have one of his associates marry the king's ward Charlotte, Villon successfully disrupts the engagement, but for so doing is sentenced to death. But Villon finds a way to exploit Louis's superstitious nature long enough to give him another chance to serve France, while at the same time seeking the hand of Charlotte." [IMDB] Special feature: Filmed introduction by Orson Welles. 98 min. DVD X1704
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The Black Rose (1950)
Directed by Henry Hathaway. Cast: Tyrone Power, Orson Welles, Cecile Aubry, Jack Hawkins, Michael Rennie, Finlay Currie, Herbert Lom, Mary Clare. A Saxon youth is run out of England during the Crusades, and goes with his loyal retainer to adventures in China where they become entangled in the intrigues of the court of Kubla Kahn (1216-1294). Special features: "Tyrone Power family reunion" featurette; still gallery; interactive pressbook gallery; original theatrical trailer. 121 min. DVD 8305
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Braveheart (1995)
Directed by Mel Gibson. Cast: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Catherine McCormack. A sumptuously produced historical epic based upon the life of William Wallace (c. 1270-1305), a bold Scotsman who used the steel of his blade and the fire of his intellect to rally his countrymen to liberation in the 14th century. 103 min. DVD 509
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Awards

Academy Awards - Best Picture; Best Director
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Director
Golden Globes - Best Director
National Board of Review, USA - Special Achievement in Filmmaking (Mel Gibson)

Brown, Jeffrey A. "The Tortures of Mel Gibson: Masochism and the Sexy Male Body." Men and Masculinities October 2002 vol. 5 no. 2 123-143 UC users only
Canitz, A. E. Christa. "'Historians... Will Say I Am a Liar': The Ideology of False Truth Claims in Mel Gibson's Braveheart and Luc Besson's The Messenger." In: Postmodern medievalisms / edited by Richard Utz and Jesse G. Swan. Woodbridge, UK; Rochester, NY : D.S. Brewer, 2005. (Main Stack CB351.S78 v.13)
Connor, J. D. ""The Projections": Allegories of Industrial Crisis in Neoclassical Hollywood." Representations , No. 71 (Summer, 2000), pp. 48-76 UC users only
Dvorak, Ken. "Braveheart: A Distant Hero for a Post-Modernist Audience?" Film & History , Feb-May1995, Vol. 25 Issue 1/2, p59-59, 1p UC users only
Edensor, Tim. "Reading Braveheart: Representing and Contesting Scottish Identity." Scottish Affairs, no. 21, August 1997 UC users only
Edensor, Tim. "Braveheart." In: National identity, popular culture and everyday life Oxford : Berg Publishers, c2002. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only])
Ewan, Elizabeth. "Braveheart directed by Mel Gibson / Rob Roy directed by Michael Caton-Jones." The American Historical Review. Washington: Oct 1995. Vol. 100, Iss. 4; p. 1219 UC users only
Keller, James R. "Masculinity and marginality in Rob Roy and Braveheart." Journal of Popular Film & Television. Winter 1997. Vol. 24, Iss. 4; p. 146 (6 pages) UC users only
Kennedy, Harlan. "Kiltspotting: Highland reels." Film Comment. Jul/Aug 1996. Vol. 32, Iss. 4; pg. 28, 5 pgsUC users only
Luhr, William "Mutilating Mel: Martyrdom and Masculinity in Braveheart." In: Mythologies of violence in postmodern media / edited by Christopher Sharrett. Detroit, MI : Wayne State University Press, c1999. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.V5 M98 1999)
McArthur, Colin. "Braveheart and the Scottish Aesthetic Dementia." In: Screening the past: film and the representation of history / edited by Tony Barta. Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1998. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; MAIN: PN1995.2 .S38 1998)
McArthur, Colin. Brigadoon, Braveheart, and the Scots : distortions of Scotland in Hollywood cinema / Colin McArthur. London ; New York : I.B. Tauris, 2003. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.S27 M32 2003)
Morgan, Sally J. "The ghost in the luggage: Wallace and Braveheart: post-colonial 'pioneer' identities." European Journal of Cultural Studies; Sep99, Vol. 2 Issue 3, p375, 18p UC users only
Niemi, Robert. "Braveheart" In: History in the media : film and television Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, c2006. (MAIN: PN1995.9.H5 N54 2006)
Pedersen, Jan. "There is more to being a Scotsman than putting on a kitl and trilling your/r/s: a study of linguistic credibility in the Hollywood movie" Braveheart"." Miscelánea: A Journal of English and American Studies, 35 (2007), pp: 1137-6368 UC users only
Ray, Sid. "Hunks, History, and Homophobia: Masculinity Politics in Braveheart and Edward II." Film & History Sep-Dec1999, Vol. 29 Issue 3/4, p22-31, 10p UC users only
Ross, Andrew. "Wallace's Monument and the Resumption of Scotland." Social Text; Winter2000, Vol. 18 Issue 4, p83, 25pUC users only
Sharp, Michael D. "Remaking Medieval Heroism: Nationalism and Sexuality in Braveheart." Florilegium, Volume 15 (1998) UC users only

Cristóvão Colombo (Portugal | France, 2007)
Directed by Manoel de Oliveira. Cast: Ricardo Trêpa, Leonor Baldaque, Manoel de Oliveira, Maria Isabel de Oliveira. In company with his wife, amateur researcher Manuel Luciano da Silva embarks on a quest to officially establish Christopher Columbus' Portuguese roots, only to find his thirst for knowledge overpowering his initial mission in this historical drama. Inspired by the book "Cristóvão Colon era português" by Manuel Luciano Silva and Sílvia Jorge da Silva. 75 min. DVD X2158
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Joan the Mad (Juana la Loca) (Spain / Italy / Portugal, 2001)
Directed by Vicente Aranda. Cast: Pilar López de Ayala, Daniele Liotti, Rosana Pastor, Giuliano Gemma, Roberto Alvarez, Eloy Azorin, Susy Sánchez, Manuela Arcuri, Héctor Colomé. Joan of Castile (1479-1555, daughter of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella) has gone down in history as "Joan the Mad." Sent alone to Brussels, sheltered eighteen-year-old Joan is a willing pawn in her political marriage to a young Hapsburg, Philip Archduke of Austria, consolidating Spain as regional power. Amazingly, Joan falls in love with Philip, who reciprocates initially, but then becomes noticeably indifferent. Juana becomes queen of Spain when her mother and her older brothers die in 1504. Due to the pressure of being queen and the discovery that her husband has many lovers, her mental health starts getting worse. Felipe, seeing his wife in these circumstances, makes the Burgos Court to declare the insanity of Juana and recludes her in the Monastry of Las Huelgas, proclaiming himself as the king. Inspired by the scenes from the play, "La Locura de Amor" [The Madness of Love] by Manuel Tamayo y Baus. 118 min. DVD X959
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Prince of Foxes(1949)
Director, Henry King. Cast: Tyrone Power, Orson Welles, Wanda Hendrix, Marina Berti, Everett Sloane, Katina Paxinou, Felix Aylmer. Cesare Borgia (1476?-1507) and his treacherous sister Lucrezia have plans to conquer central Italy. They send Andrea Zoppo, an accomplished commoner and Lucrezia's [1480-1519] lover on a mission to take over Citta del Monte, ruled by Count Marc Antonio Verano. But he meets Camilla, the young wife of the count, and things change. 107 min. DVD 8301
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For movies about the life of Joan of Arc, SEE Biopic videography

See Also, Shakespeare plays set in this time period:
Henry IV part I
Henry IV part II
Henry V
Henry VI part I
Henry VI part II
Henry VI part III
Richard II
Richard III

Fictional Films Set in this time period
Bichunmoo (China, 2000) DVD 1507
Edward II vhs 999:671
In the Name of the Rose (1986) DVD 9051
Tower of London (1939) DVD 6216
The Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde inseglet) (Sweden,1957)DVD 18; vhs 999:53
The Virgin Spring (Jungfrukällan)(Sweden, 1960) DVD 4987; vhs 999:1209

16th Century

Aguirre Wrath of God (Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes) (West Germany / Peru / Mexico, 1972)
Directed by Werner Herzog. Cast: Klaus Kinski, Helena Rojo, Del Negro, Ruy Guerra, Peter Berling, Cecilia Rivera, Daniel Ades. A band of Spanish conquistadors, led by Aguirre (Lope de Aguirre (1510 - 1561), self-styled "Wrath of God," travel up the Amazon in search of gold, but Aguirre's megalomania turns the expedition into a death trip. 94 min. DVD 377; VHS 999:7
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Anna Boleyn (Germany, 1920)
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Cast: Henny Porten, Emil Jannings, Paul Hartmann, Aud Egede Nissen, Hedwig Pauly-Winterstein. Tragic drama of Anna Boleyn (1501/1507 - 1536) the second wife of England's Henry VIII, made in Berlin by Lubitsch before he moved to Hollywood to make comedies. 118 min. DVD 8868
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Anne of the Thousand Days (UK, 1969)
Directed by Charles Jarrott. Cast: Richard Burton, Genevieve Bujold, Irene Papas, Anthony Quayle, John Colicos.Henry VIII of England (1491 - 1547) divorces his first wife, Katharine of Aragon (1485 - 1536), who has failed to produce a male heir. Instead, he favors the young and beautiful Anne Boleyn (1501/1507 - 1536). Henry weds Anne and soon she gives him a child. The girl, Elizabeth (1533-1603), is a bitter disappointment to Henry, who desperately wants a male heir. Jane Seymour is at court and Henry's wandering eye has found her. The Queen has her sent away, but, if Anne will bring Jane back to court, the King promises to sign the Act of Succession to insure that Elizabeth will be Queen. Anne's one-thousand-day reign as Queen of England ends with the loss of her head on the block. Based on the play by Maxwell Anderson. 146 min. DVD X832
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Awards
Golden Globes, USA - Best Picture - Drama; Best Director

Cabeza de Vaca (Mexico / Spain / USA / UK, 1993)
Directed by Nicholás Echeverría. Based on the true account of a Spanish explorer's capture, escape, and journey from Texas to Mexico City between 1527 and 1537. Includes tales of El Dorado. 110 min. DVD X7262; DVD X2027 (Spanish without subtitles); vhs 999:946
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Alcocer, Rudyard. "Going in Circles: Spanish American Identity and the Circular Motif in Nicolas Echevarria's "Cabeza de Vaca."" Literature Film Quarterly, 2008, Vol. 36 Issue 4, p250-258, 9pUC users only
Alvaray, Luisela. "Imagi(ni)ng Indigenous Spaces: Self and Other Converge in Latin America." Film & History. 2004. Vol. 34, Iss. 2; pg. 58, 7 pgsUC users only
Gordon, Richard A. "Exorcizing the Nation in Cabeza de Vaca (1991) and Como era gostoro o meu francês." In: Cannibalizing the colony : cinematic adaptations of colonial literature in Mexico and Brazil / Richard A. Gordon. West Lafayette, Ind. : Purdue University Press, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.H5 G65 2009)
Hershfield, Joanne. "Assimilation and Identification in Nicholás Echeverría's Cabeza de Vaca." Wide Angle: A Film Quarterly of Theory, Criticism, and Practice, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 6-24, 1995
Juan-Navarro, Santiago "Constructing Cultural Myths: Cabeza de Vaca in Contemporary Hispanic Criticism, Theater, and Film." In: A twice-told tale : reinventing the encounter in Iberian/Iberian American literature and film / edited by Santiago Juan-Navarro and Theodore Robert Young. Newark : University of Delaware Press; London; Cranbury, NJ: Associated University Presses, c2001. (Main Stack PQ7081.A1.T85 2001)
Mayers, Kathryn. "Of Third Spaces and (Re)localization: Critique and Counterknowledge in Nicolas Echeverria's Cabeza de Vaca." Confluencia, Fall2008, Vol. 24 Issue 1, p2-16, 15p UC users only
Restrepo, Luis Fernando. "Primitive Bodies in Latin American Cinema: Nicolas Echeverría's Cabeza de Vaca." In: Primitivism and identity in Latin America : essays on art, literature, and culture / edited by Erik Camayd-Freixas and Jose Eduardo Gonzalez. pp: 189-208. Tucson : University of Arizona Press, c2000. (UCB Main PQ7082.N7.P755 2000)
Walker, Elsie M. "Reframing through Intertextuality." Literature Film Quarterly; 2008, Vol. 36 Issue 4, p246-249, 4p UC users only
Walter, Krista. "Filming the Conquest: Cabeza de Vaca and the Spectacle of History." Literature-Film Quarterly. 30(2):140-45. 2002 UC users only

Caravaggio. (UK, 1986)
Directed by Derek Jarman. A film based on the life and art of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio(1571 or 1573 - 1610), the greatest Italian post-Renaissance painter. Caravaggio was the 'enfant terrible' of Italian Art and his short life, marked with extremes of passion and moral and artistic radicalism, ended violently. 97 min. DVD X59; vhs 999:2139
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Dangerous Beauty (1997)
Directed by Marshall Herskovitz. Cast: Catherine McCormack, Rufus Sewell, Oliver Platt, Moira Kelly, Fred Ward, Jacqueline Bisset. A dramatization of the life of Veronica Franco (1546-1591), tells the true story of the woman, a poet and courtesan, who used looks, wit and seduction to defy the conventions of 16th century Venice. 112 min. DVD 4895
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El Dorado (Spain, 1988)
Director, Carlos Saura. Cast: Omero Antonutti, Eusebio Poncela, Gabriela Roel, Lambert Wilson. Film about the 16th century explorer, Lope de Aguirre (1510 - 1561)and his search for the mythical El Dorado. He leads 300 Spanish soldiers and 300 natives in his search for the legendary land in Peru. The expedition is attacked by hostile jungle tribes before mutiny breaks out among the soldiers and the leaders of the expedition are targeted for assassination. In Spanish without subtitles. 118 min. vhs 999:3540
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Elizabeth (UK, 1998)
Directed by Shekhar Kapur. Cast: Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Christopher Eccleston, Joseph Fiennes, Richard Attenborough, John Gielgud. Young, passionate Elizabeth Tudor (1533-1603) comes to the throne amidst bloody turmoil in 1554 England. Among her courtiers are the venerable Sir William Cecil (1520 - 1598), her lover the Duke of Leicester, the imperious Duke of Norfolk, and her advisor Walsingham. The new Queen Elizabeth I must learn to weigh her counsel carefully and ignore her private yearnings if she is to keep her crown--and her head in this thriller of intrigue in the court of one of history's greatest monarchs. 149 min. DVD 4821
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Awards

British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best British Film; Best Actress (Cate Blanchett); Best Supporting Actor (Geoffrey Rush)
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actress (Cate Blanchett)
Golden Globes - Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama (Cate Blanchett)
London Critics Circle Film Awards - British Producer of the Year; Actress of the Year
National Board of Review, USA - Best Director

Carlson, Eric Josef. "Teaching Elizabeth Tudor with Movies: Film, Historical Thinking, and the Classroom." Sixteenth Century Journal; Summer2007, Vol. 38 Issue 2, p419-428, 10p UC users only
Bruzzi, Stella. "Elizabeth.(Review)." Sight and Sound 8.11 (Nov 1998): 47(2).
Chapman, James. "Queen and Country: Elizabeth (1998)." In: Past and present : national identity and the British historical film. London ; New York : I.B. Tauris; Palgrave Macmillan, 2005. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.N352 C43 2005
Delamoir, Jeannette. "Elizabeth's costumes: the power of spectacle or spectacle of power?." Metro Magazine 141 (Summer 2004): 46(8).
Duncan-Jones, Katherine. "Elizabeth.(Review)." TLS. Times Literary Supplement (Feb 5, 1999): 18(1).
Gillard, Garry. "'I have become a virgin'--Elizabeth.(Film As Text)." Australian Screen Education 37 (Winter 2004): 153(3).
Knowles, Sarah. "Elizabeth." Film & History, Sep2003, Vol. 33 Issue 2, p78-80, 3p UC users only
O'Leary, Alan. "The gendered space of cinema and nation in Elizabeth and Michael Collins." Studies in European Cinema, 2004, Vol. 1 Issue 2, p117-127, 11p UC users only
Pigeon, Renee. ""No man's Elizabeth" : the Virgin Queen in recent films." In: Retrovision : reinventing the past in film and fiction / edited by Deborah Cartmell, I.Q. Hunter, and Imelda Whelehan. London ; Sterling, Virginia : Pluto Press, 2001. (Main Stack PN1995.9.H5.R46 2001)
Sweet, Rosemary. "Elizabeth.(Review)." American Historical Review 104.1 (Feb 1999): 297(2). UC users only

Elizabeth: The Golden Age (UK, 2007)
Directed by Shekhar Kapur. Cast: Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Jordi Molla, Samantha Morton, Eddie Redmayne, Clive Owen. Sequel to: Elizabeth. Queen Elizabeth's (1533-1603) reign is threatened by familial betrayal and Spain's invading army. She and her shrewd advisors must act to safeguard the lives of her people. When the dashing seafarer Walter Raleigh (1552-1618) captures her heart, Elizabeth is forced to make her most tragic sacrifice for the good of her country. A tale of one woman's crusade to control her love, destroy her enemies, and secure her position as a beloved icon of the western world. Special features: Deleted scenes; "The reign continues: the making of Elizabeth: the golden age" featurette; "Inside Elizabeth's world" featurette; "Commanding the winds: creating the Armada" featurette; "Towers, courts and cathedrals" featurette; audio commentary with director Shekhar Kapur. 115 min. DVD X495
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Dunwoodie, Eileen. "Return of the Queen." In Britain, Dec2007/Jan2008, Vol. 16 Issue 6, p40-45, 6p UC users only
Foster, Brett. "The Continuing Reign of Queen Elizabeth." Common Review, Fall2008, Vol. 7 Issue 2, p32-41, 10p UC users only
Morrogh, Michael. "Hollywood Blockbusters and Historical Reality." History Review, Sep2008, Issue 61, p46-49, 4p UC users only

Elizabeth I (TV, HBO, USA / UK, 2005)
Cast: Helen Mirren, Jeremy Irons, Hugh Dancy, Ian McDiarmid, Patrick Malahide, Toby Jones. A television mini-series exploring the intersection of the private and public life of Elizabeth I (1533-1603) in the latter half of her reign, offering a personal look at her allies, her enemies, and her suitors as she struggles to survive in a male-dominated world. 211 min. DVD 6080
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Elizabeth I: The Virgin Queen (TV, Masterpiece Theatre, 1996)
Directed by Coky Giedroyc. Cast: Anne-Marie Duff, Tom Hardy, Hans Matheson, Ian Hart, Dexter Fletcher, Kevin McKidd, Daniel Evans, Joanne Whalley, Sienna Guillory. Anne-Marie Duff stars in this British television production as the shrewd and captivating queen (Elizabeth I: 1533-1603) who defended her throne amidst an atmosphere of plotting and intrigue, torture and murder. The Virgin Queen is a riveting drama that explores the fascinating 44-year-reign of Elizabeth I. 230 min. DVD 5422

Pigeon, Renee. ""No man's Elizabeth" : the Virgin Queen in recent films." In: Retrovision : reinventing the past in film and fiction / edited by Deborah Cartmell, I.Q. Hunter, and Imelda Whelehan. London ; Sterling, Virginia : Pluto Press, 2001. (Main Stack PN1995.9.H5.R46 2001)

Eréndira la indomable (Mexico, 2006)
Directed by Juan Mora Catlett. Cast: Xochiquetzal Rodriguez, Justo Alberton Rodriguez, Roberto Isidro Rangel. The legend of Eréndira tells of a brave young Indian woman who took up arms against the Spanish conquistadors during their 16th century invasion of Latin America. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 107 min. DVD X4052
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Fire Over England (UK, 1937)
Director: William K. Howard. Cast: Laurence Olivier, Flora Robson, Leslie Banks, Vivian Leigh, Raymond Massey, Tamara Desni, Morton Selten. The men in Queen Elizabeth's court (Elizabeth I: 1533-1603) should be thinking about how to foil those pesky Spanish who gained far too much influence in England when her older sister Mary was on the throne after their father Henry VIII was succeeded by their sickly half brother. Elizabeth thinks Michael Ingolby can do great things while Michael is mainly thinking about one of Elizabeth's ladies in waiting. But soon his mind is on survival when Elizabeth sends him on a voyage to Spain. Based on the novel by A.E.W. Mason. 89 min. DVD X983
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Carlson, Eric Josef. "Teaching Elizabeth Tudor with Movies: Film, Historical Thinking, and the Classroom." Sixteenth Century Journal; Summer2007, Vol. 38 Issue 2, p419-428, 10p UC users only
Harper, Sue. "Studying Popular Taste: British Historical Films in the 1930s." In: Popular European cinema / edited by Richard Dyer and Ginette Vincendeau. London ; New York : Routledge, 1992. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1993.5.E8 P6 1992)

Galileo (1974)
Directed by Joseph Losey; cast: Topol, Colin Blakely, Georgia Brown, Edward Fox, John Gielgud, Margaret Leighton, Clive Revill, Tom Conti. A dramatization of Galileo (1564-1642), the 17th century Italian who laid the foundations of modern science by making himself one of the world's first telescopes and discovering the moons of Jupiter. He supported Copernicus' theory that the Earth revolved around the Sun which brought him into conflict with the Catholic Church. By threatening him with torture, the Church forced him to recant his views in front of a tribunal, and sentenced him to house arrest. However, Galileo's trials and theories inspired others like Newton and Kepler to prove that the Earth was not the center of the Universe. Based on the play by Bertolt Brecht. 138 min. DVD 2116
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Olivotto, Cristina; Testa, Antonella. "Galileo and the Movies." Physics in Perspective, Dec2010, Vol. 12 Issue 4, p372-395, 24p UC users only
Walsh, Martin. "Galileo Losey, Brecht and Galileo." Jump Cut; May-July, 1975, Issue 7, p 13, 3p

Galileo's Battle for the Heavens(1974)
Directed by Peter Jones; cast: Simon Callow, Laura Nardi, John Fraser, Alexa Jargo. A docudrama of Galileo Galilei's life (1564-1642), including his scientific achievements and his defense of his controversial theory that the earth revolves around the sun. Also includes his trial for heresy and how letters from his illegitimate daughter, Maria Celeste, a cloistered nun, have shed new light on Galileo's discoveries. c2002 114 min. Video/C 9322

The Garden of Aunt Isabel (El Jardin de Tia Isabel) (Mexico, 1986?)
Directed by Felipe Cazals. Based on a story by Jaime Casillas, depicts a trip from Spain to the Caribbean island of Hispaniola in the first half of the 16th century. Shipwrecked on an island, seven survivors begin to perish one by one, thus ending their hope of finding a place where justice, freedom, and the rule of law reign. 112 min. Video/C 1390

Ivan the Terrible (Ivan Groznyi) (Soviet Union, 1944/1958)
Writer and director, Sergei Eisenstein. Part 1 opens with the coronation of Ivan, Grand Duke of Moscow (1530-1584), depicting his goal to unify all Russian lands, his successive battles, ending with his self-imposed exile to await the call of the Russian people. Part 2 begins with his return to Moscow to find that his dream of reuniting all of Russia is all but impossible. He discovers an assassination plot and devises a scheme to turn the tables on the plotters. Director Eisenstein died before completing part 3. (Ivan the Terrible was originally released in Russia as motion picture in 1944; Ivan the Terrible. Part two was originally produced in 1946 and released in 1958.) Special features (Criterion version): (Part 1) Multimedia essay on the history of Ivan the Terrible by Joan Neuberger ; deleted scenes ; drawings and production stills. (Part 2) Multimedia essay on Eisenstein's visual vocabulary by Yuri Tsivian. 181 min. DVD 6654 (Criterion); DVD 55
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Luther (1973)
Directed by Guy Green. Cast: Stacy Keach, Alan Badel, Judi Dench, Hugh Griffith, Patrick Magee, Robert Stephens, Leonard Rossiter. Compressing nearly two decades, this is a provocative character study of Martin Luther (1483-1546), his deepening religious dilemmas and his eventual condemnation of the Catholic Church and incitement of the Protestant reformation. 111 min. DVD 1587
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A Man For All Seasons (UK, 1966)
Directed by Fred Zinnemann. Cast: Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller, Leo McKern, Robert Shaw,Orson Welles, Susannah York, Nigel Davenport, John Hurt, Corin Redgrave. Historical drama about Sir Thomas More (1478-1535), a scholar and statesman, who will make any sacrifice forking and country as long as he can do it with a clear conscience. His opposition to King Henry VIII's breakwith the Roman Catholic Church provides the conflict which led to More's execution. 120 min. DVD 7451
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Awards

Academy Award - Best Picture; Best Director
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best British Film; Best Film from any Source; Best British Actor (Paul Scofield)
Directors Guild of America, USA - Outstanding Directorial Achievement
Golden Globes, USA - Best Motion Picture - Drama; Best Director
National Board of Review, USA - Best Film; Best Director
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Film; Best Director

Maria Stuart (Germany, TV, 1985)
Director, Heinz Schirk. Cast: Daniela Ziegler, Anja Kruse, Dietrich Mattausch, Erik Frey, Karl Walter Diess. A drama about Mary Queen of Scots (Mary I, 1542-1587) who was held captive in the castle of Fotheringwh. A drama about Mary Queen of Scots who was held captive in the castle of Fotheringwhay, unjustly convicted of complicity in an attempted assassination of Queen Elizabeth. 112 min. vhs 999:3001
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Ford, Elizabeth "Mary Stuart, Queen of Scotland" In: Royal portraits in Hollywood : filming the lives of queens / Elizabeth A. Ford and Deborah C. Mitchell Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.Q35 F67 2009)

Mary of Scotland (1936)
Directed by John Ford. Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Fredric March, Florence Eldridge, Donald Crisp, John Carradine. Historical drama about the ill-fated Mary, Queen of Scots (Mary I, 1542-1587), and the tumultuous relationship between Mary and her cousin Elizabeth, Queen of England. 123 min. DVD 4283
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Ford, Elizabeth "Mary Stuart, Queen of Scotland" In: Royal portraits in Hollywood : filming the lives of queens / Elizabeth A. Ford and Deborah C. Mitchell Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.Q35 F67 2009)

Mary, Queen of Scots (UK, 1972)
Directed by Charles Jarrott. Cast: Vanessa Redgrave, Glenda Jackson, Patrick McGoohan, Timothy Dalton, Nigel Davenport, Trevor Howard, Daniel Massey, Ian Holm. Mary Stuart (Mary I, 1542-1587) was named Queen of Scotland when she was only six days old. Mary would be the last Roman Catholic ruler of Scotland. She is imprisoned at the age of 23 by her cousin Elizabeth (1533-1603), the Queen of England and her arch adversary. Nineteen years later the life of Mary would end with her beheading. With her execution the last threat to Elizabeth's throne is finally removed. The two Queens with their contrasting personalities make a dramatic counterpoint to history. 132 min. DVD X832
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Ford, Elizabeth "Mary Stuart, Queen of Scotland" In: Royal portraits in Hollywood : filming the lives of queens / Elizabeth A. Ford and Deborah C. Mitchell Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.Q35 F67 2009)

The Other Boleyn Girl (UK | USA, 2008)
Directed by Justin Chadwick. Cast: Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Eric Bana, Jim Sturgess, Mark Rylance, Kristin Scott Thomas, David Morrissey, Benedict Cumberbatch, Oliver Coleman, Ana Torrent, Eddie Redmayne. Anne Boleyn (c.1501/1507 - 19 May 1536) is a doe-eyed vixen who is ordered by her power-hungry uncle to bewitch King Henry VIII. Her shy sister Mary (1508? - 1543?) has always been in Anne's shadow. Anne is prettier, more accomplished, and desired by many men. So when the King picks Mary as his mistress, Anne turns on her sister and schemes to become not only the King's consort, but his new queen, throwing her slight weight around to bully Henry into doing her bidding. Based on the novel by Philippa Gregory. Special features: Deleted and extended scenes -- Translating history to the screen featurette -- "To be a lady" featurette -- Members of the Court biographies. 115 min. DVD X3632
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Hamilton, Dakota L. "The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn: The Most Happy / The Other Boleyn Girl." Sixteenth Century Journal, Fall2009, Vol. 40 Issue 3, p833-834, 2p
Jays, David. "Ruffs and fumbles." Sight & Sound, Mar2008, Vol. 18 Issue 3, p36-39, 4p UC users only

La Otra Conquista (The Other Conquest) (Mexico, 1999)
Director, Salvador Carrasco. A historical drama telling the story of Mexico in the decade after the conquest by Spain in 1520. Topiltzin, an Aztec scribe whose half-sister Tecuichpo is the mistress of Cortes (1485 -1547), tries to keep his way of life and beliefs in the face of attempts by a Spanish priest to convert him. 112 min. DVD X2822; vhs 999:3574
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Paracelsus (Germany, 1943)
Directed by G.W. Pabst. Cast: Mathias Wieman, Fritz Rasp, Martin Urtel, Josef Sieber, Rudolf Blumner, Harald Kreutzberg. Paracelsus (1493-1541), a Swiss-German physician, is named head physician of Basel and orders the city gates to Paracelsus, a Swiss-German physician, is named head physician of Basel and orders the city gates to be closed against the Plague. He heals the dancer Fliegenbein but the authorities don't approve of his methods and seek to arrest him but Fliegenbein helps Paracelsus escape. 100 min. vhs 999:2443
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Rentschler, Eric. "The Führer's Phanton Paraclelsus." In: The ministry of illusion : Nazi cinema and its afterlife / Eric Rentschler. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1996. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.N36 R46 1996)

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The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)
Directed by Michael Curtiz. Cast: Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Donald Crisp, Alan Hale, Vincent Price, Henry Stephenson. This period drama sets the tumultuous on-again, off-again affair between Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603) and the second Earl of Essex (1566 - 1601) against Essex's powerful ambition to assume the throne of England. 106 min. DVD 4020
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Carlson, Eric Josef. "Teaching Elizabeth Tudor with Movies: Film, Historical Thinking, and the Classroom." Sixteenth Century Journal; Summer2007, Vol. 38 Issue 2, p419-428, 10p UC users only
Robertson, James C. The Casablanca man : the cinema of Michael Curtiz London ; New York : Routledge, 1993. (Main Stack PN1998.3.C87.R63 1993)
Rosenzweig, Sidney. Casablanca and other major films of Michael Curtiz Ann Arbor, Mich.: UMI Research Press, c1982 (MAIN: PN1998.A3 .C9 1982; Storage Info: B 3 569 839 MOFF: PN1998.A3 .C9 1982; PFA : PN1998.3.C9 C37 1982)

The Private Life of Henry VIII (UK, 1933)
Directed by Alexander Korda. Cast: Charles Laughton, Merle Oberon, Elsa Lanchester, Robert Donat, Binnie Barnes, Wendy Barrie. Portrays Henry VIII's (1491 - 1547) various marriages beginning with the execution of Anne Boleyn (1501/1507 - 1536). Includes his marriage to Jane Seymour and the birth of a male heir, his marriage to Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard, and Catherine Parr 97 min. DVD X1656
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Chapman, James "Merrie England: The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933)." In: Past and present : national identity and the British historical film. London ; New York : I.B. Tauris; Palgrave Macmillan, 2005. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.N352 C43 2005)
Crafton, Donald. "The portrait as protagonist: "The Private Life of Henry VIII."" Iris, Autumn 1992, Issue 14/15, p25-43, 19p
Harper, Sue. "Studying Popular Taste: British Historical Films in the 1930s." In: Popular European cinema / edited by Richard Dyer and Ginette Vincendeau. London ; New York : Routledge, 1992. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt PN1993.5.E8 P6 1992)
Iles, Tony. "The Light of Other Days." Image Technology; Apr2006, Vol. 88 Issue 2, p43-43, 1p, 1 Map UC users only
Ives, Eric. "Will The Real Henry VIII Please Stand Up?" History Today; Feb2006, Vol. 56 Issue 2, p28-36, 9p UC users only
Kinnard, Roy. The American films of Michael Curtiz / by Roy Kinnard and R.J. Vitone. Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1986. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.A3 C8951 1986)
Robertson, James C. (James Crighton)The Casablanca man : the cinema of Michael Curtiz / James C. Robertson. London ; New York : Routledge, 1993. ( Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.C87 R63 1993)
Street, Sarah. "Stepping Westward: The Distribution of British Feature Films in America, and the Case of The Private Life of Henry VIII." In: British cinema, past and present / edited by Justine Ashby and Andrew Higson. London ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2000. (Main Stack PN1993.5.G7.B695 2000; PFA PN1993.5.G7.B695 2000)
Tashiro, Charles Shiro. "Fear and loathing of British cinema." Spectator: The University of Southern California Journal of Film & Television, 1994, Vol. 14 Issue 2, p22-37, 16p
Walker, Greg. The private life of Henry VIII London ; New York : I.B. Tauris, 2003. (Full text online (UCB users only); print: MAIN: PN1997 .P769 2003)
Walker, Greg. "The private life of Henry VIII." History Today; Sep2001, Vol. 51 Issue 9, p9, 7p UC users only
Walker, Greg. "The roots of Alexander Korda: myths of identity and the international film." Patterns of Prejudice, 37:1, 3 - 25, 2003UC users only
Wayne, Mike. "Constellating Walter Benjamin and British Cinema: A Study of The Private Life of Henry VIII." Quarterly Review of Film and Video v. 19 no. 3 (2002) p. 249-60
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Queen Elizabeth (Les amours de la reine Élisabeth) (France, 1912)
Directed by Louis Mercanton and Henri Desfontaines. Cast: Sarah Bernhardt, Lou Tellegen, Max Maxudian. Episodes from the life of Elizabeth I, Queen of England (1533-1603) focusing on her ill-fated love affair with Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex (1565-1601). Based on the play by Emile Moreau. Originally released as a silent film in 1912, by a French production company working in London and released in France under the title: Les amours de la reine Élisabeth. Premiered in the United States in July 1912 with the title Queen Elizabeth. 45 min. DVD X4473
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La reine Margot (Queen Margot) (France / Italy / Germany, 1994)
Directed by Patrice Chéreau. Cast: Isabelle Adjani, Daniel Auteuil, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Vincent Perez, Virna Lisi, Jean-Claude Brialy. Thrown into a political marriage of convenience by her ruthlessly power-hungry family, the beautiful Margot (1553-1615) soon finds herself hopelessly drawn into their murderous affairs. It's then she realizes her only hope of escape lies somewhere between the heroic soldier who loves her and the enemy husband who could save her. Based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas. 144 min. DVD 6675
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Jury Prize

Humbert, Brigitte. "Emotion, Modernization, and Female Emancipation in Patrice Chéreau's Queen Margot." Quarterly Review of Film & Video, Jul-Sep2002, Vol. 19 Issue 3, p223, 13p UC users only
Rouchy-Lévy, Violette. "Queen Margot vs la Reine Margot: la version américaine du film de Patrice Chéreau." 1895; sep2007, Issue 52, p90-115, 26p UC users only

Roanoak (TV, 1986)
Directed by Jan Egleson. Cast: Victor Garber, John Runningfox, Porky White, Will Sampson, Eddie Benton, Skeeter Vaughan, Victoria Racimo. A three-part drama about the Roanoke Voyages, the first colonizing attempts made by 250 English subjects between 1584 and 1590 who sailed across the Atlantic to the East coast of the New World where they made contact with Algonquin Indians. Follows the general outline of the history of these voyages with sets and costumes based on artistic and literary sources available. Video/C 3474
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The Royal Hunt of the Sun (UK / USA, 1969)
Directed by Irving Lerner. Cast: Robert Shaw, Christopher Plummer, Nigel Davenport, Michael Craig, Andrew Keir, William Marlowe, James Donald, Alexander Davion, Leonard Whiting. Fueled by promises of gold, Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro (c. 1475-1541) and his explorers venture across the treacherous Andes Mountains to Peru. There, Pizarro captures King Atahuallpa, Inca's godlike monarch, and promises his freedom upon the deliverance of gold. But friendship and respect develop between the two leaders and when the King is sentenced to die, Pizarro finds himself torn between his desire for conquest and his sense of honor for the King. Based on the play by Peter Shaffer. 97 min. DVD 6953
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Suriyothai (Thailand, 2002)
Directed by Chatrichalerm Yukol. A historically based movie set in 16th century Thailand over the course of 57 years (1491-1548), presenting the political history of the Kingdom of Ayutthaya, culminating in the story of Queen Phra Suriyothai, who rode into battle against the Burmese invasion to protect her husband at the Battle of Hantawaddy in 1548. DVD multizone format. 190 min. DVD 1877
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Teresa, el cuerpo de Cristo (Theresa: The Body of Christ) (France / Spain / UK, 2007)
Directed by Ray Loriga. Cast: Paz Vega, Leonor Watling, Geraldine Chaplin, Jose Luis Gomez. In Castilla, the daughter of a nobleman Teresa de Ahumada [1515 - 1582] joins a convent seeking a spiritual life. Teresa embarks on a crusade of prayer and sacrifice that initially finds her branded a lunatic by those in power but after a periods of prayer and sacrifice, her claims that she has visions of Jesus attract the attention of the church hierarchy. A drama based on the life of Spain's feminist mystic Saint Teresa of Avila. 121 min. DVD X1000
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The Virgin Queen (1955)
Directed by Henry Koster. Cast: Bette Davis, Richard Todd, Joan Collins, Jay Robinson, Herbert Marshall, Dan O'Herlihy, Robert Douglas. Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618) wants Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603) to give him a fleet of ships to sail and make a name for England. A young ward of the court, Beth Throgmorton (1565-1647), is strongly attracted to Raleigh and he returns the attraction but the Queen wants Raleigh for herself. 92 min. DVD X2422
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See Also, Shakespeare plays set in this time period:
Henry VIII

Fictional Films Set in this period
The Adventures of Don Juan (1948) DVD 8050
Anonymous (UK | Germany, 2011) DVD X7151
Bardelys the Magnificent (1926) DVD X3660
Captain from Castile (1947) DVD 8300
Don Juan en los Infiernos (Spain, 1991) vhs 999:3559 (In Spanish without English subtitles)
The Iron Mask (1929) DVD 4952 DVD 9109
Kagemusha (Japan, 1980) DVD 3666; vhs 999:1055
The Mission (UK, 1986) DVD 9109; vhs 999:1128
Nuevo Mundo (New World) (Mexico, 1978) DVD 8128
Orlando (UK / Russia / France / Italy / Netherlands, 1992) DVD 2364; vhs 999:1327
Ran (Japan, 1985) DVD 20; vhs 999:174
See also Japanese film videography for other samurai movies set in the 16th Century
Return of Martin Guerre (Le Retour de Martin Guerre) (France, 1982) DVD 62; vhs 999:238
The Seven Samurai (Shichinin no samurai) (Japan, 1954) DVD 1954; DVD 19
Shakespeare in Love (USA / UK, 1998) DVD 59; vhs 999:2440
Sir Arne's Treasure (Herr Arnes pengar) (Sweden, 1919) DVD 5638; vhs 999:1191
The Three Musketeers SEE Adventure films

17th Century

Osterberg, Bertil O. Colonial America on film and television : a filmography Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2001. (MAIN: PN1995.9.U64 O78 2001)

Alatriste (Spain, 2006)
Directed by Augustín Díaz. Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Elena Anaya, Unax Ugalde, Eduard Fernández, Enrico Lo Verso, Eduardo Noriega, Ariadna Gil, Juan Echanove, Javier Cámara, Antonio Dechent. Viggo Mortensen plays the Spanish soldier-turned-mercenary Captain Alatriste, a heroic figure from the country's 17th century imperial wars. Based on the novels Aventuras del capitán Alatriste by Arturo Perez-Reverte. 145 min. DVD X1476
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L'Allée du Roi(France, 1996)
Director, Nina Companeez. A historical drama based on the recollections of Françoise d'Aubigne, Marques de Maintenon, wife to Louis XIV (1638-1715), the King of France. In French without substitles. 240 min. DVD 4510
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Artemisia (France / Germany / Italy, 1997)
Directed by Agnes Merlet. Cast: Michel Serrault, Valentina Cervi, Miki Manojlovic, Brigitte Catillon, Maurice Garrel, Emmanuelle Devos. Tells the provocative true story of the beautiful and talented daughter of one of Italy's greatest painters. When Artemisia Gentileschi (1593 - 1651/1653) is forbidden to fully pursue her own passion of painting, she convinces a renowned artist to tutor her. He not only liberates her into the world of art but initiates her into the world of sex and love. 96 min. DVD 6109
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Benedetti, Laura. "Reconstructing Artemisia: Twentieth-Century Images of a Woman Artist." Comparative Literature, Winter99, Vol. 51 Issue 1, p42, 20p UC users only
Charbonnier, J. M. "Identifications d'une femme: Artemisia Gentileschi." [profile of the 17th century artist and film by Agnes Merlet]. Beaux Arts Magazine no. 160 (September 1997) p. 82-7
Felleman, Susan."Dirty Pictures, Mud Lust, and Abject Desire." Film Quarterly; Fall2001, Vol. 55 Issue 1, p27, 14p UC users only
Garrard, M. D. "Artemisia's trial by cinema." [film about A. Gentileschi]. Art in America v. 86 no. 10 (October 1998) p. 65+
Lent, Tina Olsin. "'My heart belongs to daddy': the fictionalization of Baroque artist Artemisia Gentileschi in contemporary film and novels." Literature-Film Quarterly 34.3 (July 2006): 212(7).UC users only
Tibbetts, John C. "Artemisia (1998)." Film & History, Sep-Dec1998, Vol. 28 Issue 3/4, p82-83, 2p UC users only
Vidal, B. "Feminist Historiographies and the Woman Artist's Biopic: The Case of Artemisia." Screen, vol. 48, no. 1, pp. 69-90, Spring 2007 UC users only

Blaise Pascal (1972)
Directed by Roberto Rossellini. Cast: Pierre Arditi, Rita Forzano, Giuseppe Addobbati, Christian De Sica, Livio Galassi, Bruno Cattaneo, Bepi Mannaiuolo, Marco Bonetti, Teresa Ricci, Christian Aleny, Bernard Rigal. Evoking the terror and desperation of the seventeenth century, this film brings to life Blaise Pascal [1623 - 1662], the philosopher and mathematician who, amidst religious persecution and ignorance, believed in a harmony between God and science. 129 min. DVD X1138
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Cartesius (Italy / France, 1974)
Directed by Roberto Rossellini. Cast: Ugo Cardea, Anne Pouchie, Gabriele Banchero, Kenneth Belton, Vernon Dobtcheff, Renato Montalbano. René Descartes [1596 - 1650] was known as the "Father of modern philosophy." Depicts the seventeenth-century thinker's agonized struggle to assert the primacy of reason. An intimate, psychological study of obsession and existential crisis. 162 min. DVD X1139
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The Devils (UK, 1971)
Directed by Ken Russell. Cast: Vanessa Redgrave, Oliver Reed, Dudley Sutton, Max Adrian, Gemma Jones, Murray Melvin. This film centers on the staggering true-life dementia of events in France in 1643. Cardinal Richelieu (1585 - 1642) and his power-hungry entourage seek to take control of seventeenth-century France, but need to destroy Father Grandier - the priest who runs the fortified town that prevents them from exerting total control. So they seek to destroy him by setting him up as a warlock in control of a devil-possessed nunnery, the mother superior of which is sexually obsessed by him. A mad witch-hunter is brought in to gather evidence against the priest, ready for the big trial. Based on the play: The devils by John Whiting, and the book: The devils of London by Aldous Huxley. Special features (70 min.): "Hell on earth" documentary, "Year of censorship", UK censors, James Ferman, trailers. 111 min. DVD 9759
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The King Dances (Le Roi danse) (France / Germany / Belgium, 2000)
Directed by Gerard Corbiau. Cast: Benoit Magimel (Louis XIV), Boris Terral (Lully), Tcheky Karyo (Moli`ere), Colette Emmanuelle (queen mother [Anne of Austria]), Cecile Bois (Madeleine), Claire Keim (Julie), Johan Leysen (Cambert), Idwig Stephane (Conti), Emil Tarding (the young Louis XIV); others. Historical drama about Louis XIV of France (1638-1715), centering on his passion for dance and music. The shy heir to the throne has his destiny altered when musician Jean-Baptiste Lully and the famed playwright Moliere enter his life. Recognizing the young king's talent for dance they compose and stage ballets that glorify Louis' image. The film includes many recreations of dance, drama, and opera of the era. 114 min. DVD 4502
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Tibbetts, John C. "Le Roi Danse" Film & History, Spring2011, Vol. 41 Issue 1, p154-157, 4p UC users only
Vincendeau, Ginette. "The King Is Dancing." Sight & Sound, September 2002, Vol. 12 Issue 9, p64-65, 2p UC users only

The Libertine (UK, 2004)
Directed by Laurence Dunmore. Cast: Johnny Depp, Samantha Morton, John Malkovich, Paul Ritter, Stanley Townsend, Francesca Annis, Rosamund Pike, Tom Hollander, Johnny Vegas, Richard Coyle. John Wilmot (1647 - 1680), a 17th century poet, is the Earl of Rochester and from the beginning he treats his wife cruelly, drinks to relentless excess, abuses his friendships, and generally wallows in dissipation, much to the dismay of King Charles II. The king hopes that Rochester will write a play glorifying his reign. But Rochester finds his true inspiration when he sees a young actress named Lizzie Barry. Rochester sets out to make her the greatest actress of their time--and she, with some reluctance, submits to his teaching. 114 min. DVD 5990
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Berensmeyer, Ingo. "Staging Restoration England in the Post-Heritage Theatre Film: Gender and Power in Stage Beauty and The Libertine." Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik: A Quarterly of Language, Literature and Culture, vol. 56, no. 1, pp. 13-30, 2008
Maher, Kevin. "The Libertine." Sight & Sound, Dec2005, Vol. 15 Issue 12, p63-64, 2p UC users only
Rokotnitz, Naomi. "'Too Far Gone in Disgust': Mirror Neurons and the Manipulation of Embodied Responses in The Libertine." Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 399-426, 2008 Fall UC users only

Molière (Italy / France, 1978)
Directed by Ariane Mnouchkine. Cast: Philippe Caubère, Jean Daste, Josephine Derenne. How did Moliere (Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, 1622-1673), a child born in 1622 to working-class parents, become such a well-known author? This film dramatizes the life of an honest man who struggles incessantly to practice his art in a century of hypocrisy and repression. 290 min. DVD 4590
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The New World (2006)
Directed by Terrence Malick. Cast: Colin Farrell, Christopher Plummer, Christian Bale, August Schellenberg, Wes Studi, Q'Orianka Kilcher. Set admidst the first encounter of European and Native American cultures during the founding of the Jamestown Virginia settlement in 1607. Tells the classic tale of Pocahontas (c. 1595-1617) and her relationships with adventurer John Smith (1580-1631)and aristocrat John Rolfe (c. 1585-1622). This woman's journey of love lost and found again takes her from the untouched beauty of the Virginia wilderness to the upper crust of English society as we witness the dawn of a new America. Special features: Making 'The new world' documentary (60 min.) 135 min. DVD 5563
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La Prise de pouvoir par Louis XIV (The Taking of Power by Louis XIV) (France, 1965)
Directed by Roberto Rossellini. Cast: ean-Marie Patte, Raymond Jourdan, Silvagni, Katharina Renn, Dominique Vincent, Pierre Barrat, Fernand Fabre, Françoise Ponty, Joelle Laugeois. Presents, in a realistic rather than grandiose fashion, a dramatization of the rise to power of King Louis XIV of France (1638-1715). Shows the attendant pomp and etiquette, and the intrigues and internal power struggles that complicated his rise to power. Based on Louis XIV by Phillipe Erlander. 102 min. DVD X855; DVD 4678 (PAL format; in French without English subtitles); vhs 999:343
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Que la fête commence... (Let Joy Reign Supreme) (France, 1974)
Directed by Bertrand Tavernier. A historically based film about the ill-fated political reform movement attempted by the Regent, Philippe d'Orleans (1640-1701), counsel to l'Abbe Dubois, in 18th century France. 114 min. DVD X730 (In French with optional English subtitles); vhs 999:1503 (In French without English subtitles)
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Queen Christina (1934)
Directed by Alexander Korda. Cast: Greta Garbo, John Gilbert, Ian Keith, Lewis Stone, Elizabeth Young, C. Aubrey Smith, Reginald Owen, Georges Renavent, David Torrence, Gustav Von Seyffertitz. Screen portrayal of the 17th century Queen of Sweden (1626 – 1689) who relinquishes her throne for her lover, the ambassador from Spain. 100 min. DVD 4285; vhs 999:2990
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Ford, Elizabeth "Queen Christina of Sweden" In: Royal portraits in Hollywood : filming the lives of queens / Elizabeth A. Ford and Deborah C. Mitchell Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.Q35 F67 2009)

Rembrandt (UK, 1936)
Directed by Alexander Korda. Cast: Charles Laughton, Gertrude Lawrence, Elsa Lanchester, Edward Chapman. In Amsterdam of 1642, master painter Rembrandt Van Rijn (1606-1669) enjoys a full life until the sudden death of his wife. Bankrupt and bereft, he finds comfort in a pretty servant in his home. Can he summon the courage to overcome his demons or will tragedy continue to haunt 85 min. DVD 2194
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Saint-Cyr (France / Germany / Belgium, 1973)
Director, Patricia Mazuy. Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Pierre Kalfon, Simon Regiani, Anne Marev, Jean-François Balmer. Madame de Maintenon (1635 - 1719), wife of Louis XIV, founds Saint-Cyr, a boarding school outside of Paris for the daughters of destitute nobility where girls are brought to acquire the language and manners befitting their rank. The school eventually becomes a source of nightmarish anxiety for her, as idle noblemen discover her young charges. In French without substitles. 114 min. DVD 4511
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To Kill a King(UK / Germany, 2003)
Directed by Mike Barker. Cast: Tim Roth, Dougray Scott, Rupert Everett, Olivia Williams, James Bolam, Corin Redgrave, Finbar Lynch, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Adrian Scarborough, Jeremy Swift. After years of civil war, King Charles I (1600-1649)is overthrown in 1645 and two heroes have emerged-- Lord General Thomas Fairfax (1612 - 1671) and his best friend and deputy General Oliver Cromwell (1599 - 1658). Their friendship is threatened when Fairfax and his wife conspire to return the King to power, and Cromwell instead orders his execution, seizing control. His armies spread violence and fear throughout the country, and Fairfax realizes Cromwell must be stopped, and their bond as two comrades-at-arms irreparably broken. 102 min. DVD 9496
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Kemp, Philip. "Love of the common people." Sight & Sound, Jun2003, Vol. 13 Issue 6, p34-35, 2p UC users only

Winstanley (UK, 1975)
Directed by Kevin Brownlow & Andrew Mollo. Cast: Miles Halliwell, Jerome Willis, Terry Higgins, Phil Oliver, David Bramley.Winstanley: A dramatized history of a Reformation-era religious sect called the Diggers, who set out to form a commune and till the soil on "common land," which by law permits grazing-- but not settlement and cultivation. Led by Gerard Winstanley (1609 - 1676), theirs is a nonviolent action to reclaim land for the poor who have been dispossessed by Oliver Cromwell's recent Civil War. But the local villagers saw the Diggers as a threat to their livelihood and, and led by the Presbyterian parson, John Platt, took violent action to harass and burn them out. Based on the novel: Comrade Jacob by David Caute. Special features: It happened here again: A look at the making of Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo's Winstanley, the second of their films to be made on a low budget. Brownlow and Mollo talk of their beginnings in the film industry; their first commercial venture; how they came to make low-budget films and various aspects of the film Winstanley (49 min). 92min. DVD X796
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Tibbetts, John C. ""Winstanley"; or, Kevin Brownlow Camps Out on St. George's Hill." Literature Film Quarterly, 2003, Vol. 31 Issue 4, p312-318, 7p UC users only
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Young, Rob. "The Pattern Under the Plough." Sight & Sound; Aug2010, Vol. 20 Issue 8, p16-22, 6p UC users only

Yo, la peor de todas (I, the Worst of All) (Argentina, 1990)
Directed by Maria Luisa Bemberg. Cast: Assumpta Serna, Dominique Sanda, Hector Alterio, Lautaro Murua, Alberto Segado, Franklin Caicedo, Graciela Araujo, Hugo Soto, Gerardo Romano, Margara Alonso, Lidia Catalano, Margarita Padin. This historical drama tells the story of Juana Ines de la Cruz (1648? - 1695), one of the greatest poets of the Spanish Siglo de Oro. In order to pursue her passion for writing, Juana enters the convent. There, she develops an intimate relationship with the local Vicereine, who inspires her poetry. But when the forces of the Inquisition invade the convent, the women have only each other to turn to. Based on: Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, o, Las trampas de la fe de Octavio Paz. 107 min. DVD 1718; vhs 999:1347
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Fictional Films Set in this time period
Adanggaman (France / Switzerland / Ivory Coast / Burkina Faso / Italy, 2000) DVD 8776
All the Mornings of the World (Tous les matins du monde) (France, 1991) DVD X2872; DVD X2141; 999:1383
Apocalypto (2006) DVD 7535
Black Robe (Canada / Australia, 1991) DVD 8571
Captain Blood(1935) DVD 4016
The Crucible (1996) vhs 999:1981
Cyrano de Bergerac (France, 1990) vhs 999:505
Day of Wrath (Vredens dag) (Denmark, 1943) DVD 872; vhs
The Deluge (Potop) (Poland / Soviet Union, 1974) DVD 6436
Iron Mask (1929) DVD 4952
Life of O-Haru (Saikaku ichidai onna) (Japan, 1952) DVD 6417
The Mill and the Cross (Poland | Sweden, 2011) DVD X7205
Quilombo (Brazil / France, 1984) DVD 8368; vhs 999:1319
Restoration (USA / UK, 1995) DVD 460
El Rey pasmado (Spain / France / Portugal, 1991) DVD 3316; vhs 999:1780 (both in Spanish without English subtitles)
The Scarlet Letter SEE literary videography
Stage Beauty (2004) DVD 6122
The Three Musketeers/Four Musketeers SEE Action/Adventure
Tartuffe (Herr Tartüff) (Germany, 1926) DVD 2458
Vatel (France / UK / Belgium, 2000) DVD 1174
With Fire and Sword (Ogniem i mieczem) (Poland, 1999) DVD 6435

18th Century

Seiler, Cotton. "The American Revolution." In: The Columbia companion to American history on film : how the movies have portrayed the American past / edited by Peter C. Rollins. New York : Columbia University Press, c2003. (Media Center PN1995.9.U64.C65 2003; Doe Refe PN1995.9.U64.C65 2003; Moffitt PN1995.9.U64.C65 2003; PFA PN1995.9.U64.C65 2003)

Amadeus (1990)
Directed by Milos Forman. Cast: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Simon Callow, Roy Dotrice, Christine Ebersole, Jeffrey Jones. Adapted from Shaffer's play, the film presents the life of Antonio Salieri (1750-1825), a mediocre 18th century Viennese composer obsessed with and jealous of the musical genius of the age: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791). Mad with envy, he plots to destroy Mozart by any means. 137 min. DVD 250; VHS 999:397; and Director's Cut, 2001, on DVD 1462
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Awards

Academy Award - Best Picture; Best Director
César Awards, France - Best Foreign Film
Directors Guild of America, USA - Outstanding Directorial Achievement
Golden Globes, USA - Best Motion Picture - Drama; Best Director
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Picture; Best Director

Casanova (Il Casanova di Federico Fellini) (Italy / USA, 1976)
Directed by Federico Fellini. Cast: Donald Sutherland, Tina Aumont, Cicely Browne, Carmen Scariptta, Clara Algranti, Daniela Gatti. Donald Sutherland portrays the famous Giacomo Casanova (1725-1798), a libertine who collects seductions and sexual feats, in his wanning days as he travels from a bubonic-plagued Venice to a syphilitic London and a tubercular Germany. 155 min. DVD 3323
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Casanova (2005)
Directed by Lasse Hallstrom. Cast: Heath Ledger, Sienna Miller, Jeremy Irons, Oliver Platt, Lena Olin. Giacomo Casanova (1725-1798) has to begin searching for a wife. He is a womanizer with many conquests and If he cannot show he is living a more respectable life, the Church will throw him out of Venice. He is quickly engaged to Victoria, a woman with a pure reputation. As soon as that is arranged, he meets Francesca, a feminist who hates all he stands for. Comic chaos ensues in a whirl of misadentures, disguises and mistaken identities as the love-struck Casanova tries to win her heart. 111 min. DVD 5491
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Kemp, Philip. "Casanova." Sight & Sound, Mar2006, Vol. 16 Issue 3, p51-52, 2p UC users only
Wolff, Ellen."step by step: Casanova." Millimeter, Mar2006, Vol. 34 Issue 3, p32-33, 2pUC users only

Conquest (1937)
Directed by Clarence Brown. Cast: Greta Garbo, Charles Boyer, Reginald Owen, Alan Marshal, Henry Stephenson, Leif Erickson. A historical portrayal of the life of Napoleon Bonaparte from 1807 through 1815 and his romantic involvement with Polish Countes Marie Walewska, who bore him a son, Alexandre, and the eventual ending of their relationship. The story begins in Poland in 1807 and continues through the departure of Napoleon from France in 1815. Based on the novel Pani Walewska by Waclaw Gasiorowski and a dramatization by Helen Jerome. 113 min. vhs 999:3952
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Culloden(UK, TV, 1964)
Written and directed by Peter Watkins. Recreates the 1746 Battle of Culloden between the rebellious highland scottish forces of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the regular British Army sent to Scotland to put down the rebellion. DVD 6040; vhs Video/C 3971
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Danton(France / Poland / West Germany, 1982)
Directed by Andrzej Wajda. Cast: Gerard Depardieu, Wojciech Pszoniak, Patrice Chereau, Roger Planchon, Jacques Villeret, Angela Winkler, Georges Danton (1759-1794), the popular revolutionary leader, returns to Paris at a time when the new Republic is in disarray. Maximilien Robespierre (1758-1794)and his allies have set up a monstrous dictatorship, beginning the infamous "Reign of Terror." Danton pleads with the people for an end to the bloodshed which violates the spirit of their revolution. 166 min. DVD X1609; vhs 999:198
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Awards
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Foreign-language Film
César Awards - Best Director

The Declaration of Independence (1938)
Director, Crane Wilbur. Cast: John Litel, Ted Osborne, Rosella Towne. This historical featurette focuses on Caesar Rodney of Delaware, who cast the deciding vote so that the Declaration of Independence was adopted in 1776. 17 min. Supplementary short feature on DVD 8051
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Du Barry, Woman of Passion (1930)
Director, Sam Taylor. Cast: Norma Talmadge, William Farnum, Conrad Nagel, Hobart Bosworth. Fictional drama of the life of comtesse Marie Jeanne Becu Du Barry (1743 - 1793), mistress of King Louis XV. 109 min. vhs 999:322
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The Duchess (UK / Italy / France, 2008)
Director, Saul Dibb. Cast: Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Charlotte Rampling, Dominic Cooper, Hayley Atwell, Simon McBurney. Chronicles the life of 18th century aristocrat Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire (1757 - 1806) who was reviled for her extravagant political and personal life. A vibrant beauty and celebrity of her time, Georgiana is trapped in an unhappy marital triangle with her husband and his live-in mistress. She falls passionately in love with Earl Grey, an ambitious young politician, and the affair causes a bitter conflict with her husband and threatens to erupt into a scandal. Now she must face an agonizing choice between her hopeless but passionate love affair or her responsibilities as a duchess. Special features: How far she went-- making The Duchess; Georgiana in her own words; Costume diary. Based on the book "Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire" by Amanda Foreman. 109 min. DVD X964
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Fuller, Graham. "The Good Old Days." Film Comment, Sep/Oct2008, Vol. 44 Issue 5, p36-38, 3p UC users only
Haun, Harry. "Duchess Treat." Film Journal International, October 2008, Vol. 111 Issue 10, p16-18, 2p UC users only
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Kroenert, Tim. "The Duchess." Eureka Street, 10/10/2008, Vol. 18 Issue 20, p31-32, 2p UC users only
Lally, Kevin. "The Duchess."Film Journal International, October 2008, Vol. 111 Issue 10, p55-55, 1p UC users only
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Esquilache (Spain, 1988)
Director, Joséfina Molina. In 18th century Madrid the people rise against the monarchy. The destiny of the crown and the Marques de Esquilache Ilega depend upon the next few hours. In Spanish without subtitles. 102 min. DVD 3319; also VHS 999:3546
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Give Me Liberty! (1936)
Director, B. Reeves Eason. Cast: John Litel, Robert Warwick, George Irving. "George Washington [1789 - 1797] tries to encourage gifted orator Patrick Henry [1736 - 1799] to use his considerable powers to argue the case for colonial independence before the Virginia House of Burgesses, but the lawmaker's promise to his wife initially deters him. When the political climate changes, she eventually gives her consent, and Henry delivers his rousing "Give Me Liberty" speech to an enthusiastic legislature." [IMDB] 22 min. Supplementary short feature on DVD 8051
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Goya in Bordeaux (Goya en Burdeos) (Spain / Italy, 1999)
Directed by Carlos Suara. Cast: Francisco Rabal, José Coronado, Maribel Verdu, Eulalia Ramon. In Bordeaux, France, in the early 1800's, Francisco Goya (1746 - 1828) suffers from strange visions and nightmares. Goya reflects on his tumultuous career, a love affair with the beautiful Duchess of Alba and the evil crusade of Napoleon's French army. 121 min. DVD 563
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Goya's Ghost (USA / Spain, 1999)
Directed by Milos Forman. Cast: Javier Bardem, Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgard, Randy Quaid, Jose Luis Gomez, Michael Lonsdale. Told through the eyes of celebrated Spanish painter Francisco Goya (1746 - 1828). Set against political turmoil at the end of the Spanish Inquisition and start of the invasion of Spain by Napoleon's army. Captures the essence and beauty of Goya's work which is best known for both the colorful depictions of the royal court and its people, and his grim depictions of the brutality of war and life in 18th century Spain. When Goya's beautiful muse is accused of being a heretic, the renowned painter must convince his old friend Lorenzo, a power-hungry monk and leader of the Spanish Inquisition, to spare her life. 114 min. DVD 9478
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The Great King (Der Große König) (Germany, 1942)
Director, Veit Harlan. Cast: Otto Gebuhr, Kristina Soderbaum, Paul Wegener, et. al. Portrays the Prussian hero Frederick II (1717-1786) during his struggle for victory in the Seven Years War. 116 min. vhs 999:304
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Fox, Jo. "'Heavy Hands And Light Touches': Approaches to the Study of Cinematic Culture in the Third Reich." History Compass 2003 1(Europe): 16 pages
Schulte-Sasse, Linda. "Frederick the Move; or, the Return of the King's Body: Fridericus, and the Great King ." In: Entertaining the Third Reich : illusions of wholeness in Nazi cinema / Linda Schulte-Sasse. Durham [N.C.] : Duke University Press, 1996. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.N36 S38 1996)

John Adams (TV, 2008)
Directed by Tom Hooper. Cast: Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, Danny Huston, John Bedford Lloyd, Justin Theroux, Ritchie Coster, Guy Henry, Stephen Dillane, David Morse, Zeljko Ivanek, John Dossett, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Judith Magre, Steven Hinkle, Madeline Taylor, Neal Huff, Tom Wilkinson, Tom Hollander, Sarah Polley, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Rufus Sewell, Samuel Barnett, Andrew Scott. While our new nation was suffering attacks from both within and without, John Adams (1735 - 1826) had a vision of a nation of liberty and justice for all. He guided his peers --General George Washington (1732 - 1799), Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790) and Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)--in setting the values and agenda for a glorious, free America. Adams and his wife Abigail (1744 - 1818) refined these ambitious democratic ideals, and their partnership became one of the most moving love stories in American history. Special features: Discs 1-3: Facts are stubborn things: an exclusive onscreen historical guide; disc 3: Documentary: "David McCullough: painting with words" (a rare and personal glimpse at the life and works of author David McCullough); "The making of 'John Adams'" featurette. Originally broadcast on HBO as a seven-part mini-series in 2008. 501 min. DVD X1696
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Madame Du Barry (aka Passion) (1919)
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Cast: Pola Negri, Emil Jannings. A young French milliner forsakes a life with a man who loves her to carry out a series of love affairs, and eventually becomes the mistress (Comtesse Marie Jeanne Becu Du Barry (1743 - 1793)) of King Louis XV. 73 min. DVD X4481
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Madame Du Barry (1934)
Directed by William Dieterle. Cast: Dolores del Rio, Reginald Owen, Victor Jory, Osgood Perkins, Verree Teasdale. Madame Du Barry, a wanton, vivacious young woman, catches the eye and heart of the aging Louis XV and quickly becomes his mistress. Through guile & intelligence, she soon finds herself the most powerful woman in France. 70 min. vhs 999:3944
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The Madness of King George (UK, 1994)
Directed by Nicholas Hytner. Nigel Hawthorne, Helen Mirren, Ian Holm, Amanda Donohoe, Rupert Graves, Rupert Everett. Based on the life of King George III (1738-1820), this is the story of royal intrigue, sexual indiscretions, backstairs plotting and a battle for power between Parliament and the throne, all occuring while the King is being treated for an unknown mental illness. Based on Alan Bennett's stage play The madness of George III. 110 min. DVD X1056
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McKechnie, Kara. "Taking Liberties with the Monarch: The Royal Bio-pic in the 1990s." In: British historical cinema : the history, heritage and costume film / edited by Claire Monk and Amy Sargeant. London ; New York : Routledge, 2002. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1995.9.H5 B75 2002)

Marat/Sade (The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as performed by the Inmates of the Asylum at Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade (UK, 1967)
Directed by Peter Brook. Cast: Cast: Glenda Jackson, Patrick Magee, Ian Richardson. History's most infamous sexual adventurer (Jean-Paul Marat, 1743-1793)lives in a madhouse, where a beautiful laundry maid helps him smuggle his erotic stories to the printer. Defying orders from the asylum's resident priest, the titillating passages whip all of France into a sexual frenzy, until a fiercely conservative doctor tries to put an end to the fun. 115 min. DVD 1337; Video/C 1638
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Marie Antoinette (Japan / France / USA, 2006)
Directed by Sofia Coppola. Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Marianne Faithfull, Steve Coogan, Judy Davis, Jason Schwartzman, Rose Byrne, Al Weaver, Shirley Henderson, Molly Shannon, Rip Torn. An impressionistic retelling of France's iconic but ill-fated queen, Marie Antoinette (1755-1793). From her betrothal and marriage to Louis XVI (1754 - 1793) at 15 to her reign as queen at 19 and to the end of her reign as queen and ultimately the fall of Versailles. Based on the book by Antonia Fraser. 123 min. DVD 6399
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Brevik-Zender, Heidi "Let Them Wear Manolos: Fashion, Walter Benjamin, and Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette." Camera Obscura (2011) 26(3 78): 1-33
Burley, Peter. "A farrago of nonsense? The French Revolution in the cinema." (cover story) History Today, May89, Vol. 39 Issue 5, p51-56, 6p UC users only
Chow, Lesley. "Fashion and Dunst: The Substance of Marie-Antoinette." Bright Lights Film Journal, vol. 56, pp. (no pagination), May 2007
Cook, Pam. "Sofia Coppola." Sight and Sound, vol. 16, no. 11, pp. 36-40, Nov 2006 UC users only
Covington, Richard. "Marie Antoinette." Smithsonian; Nov2006, Vol. 37 Issue 8, p56-65, 10p UC users only
Ferriss, Suzanne; Young, Mallory. ""Marie Antoinette": Fashion, Third-Wave Feminism, and Chick Culture." Literature Film Quarterly, 2010, Vol. 38 Issue 2, p98-116, 19p UC users only
Ford, Elizabeth. "Marie Antoinette." In: Royal portraits in Hollywood : filming the lives of queens / Elizabeth A. Ford and Deborah C. Mitchell Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.Q35 F67 2009)
Frodon, Jean-Michel. "Sofia Coppola: 'Tout était possible du moment qu'on restait dans l'esprit du film'." Cahiers du Cinéma, vol. 612, pp. 24-28, May 2006
Harison, Casey. "The French Revolution on Film: American and French Perspectives." History Teacher, May2005, Vol. 38 Issue 3, p299-324, 26p UC users only
Lee, Nathan "Pretty Vacant: The Radical Frivolity of Sofia Coppola's "Marie Antoinette" Film Comment 42:5 (September-October 2006) p. 24-26 UC users only
McDonald, Neil "Three Queens." Quadrant Magazine; Mar2007, Vol. 51 Issue 3, p77-81, 5p UC users only
McGill, Hannah "Marie Antoinette" Sight and Sound Record 16:11 (November 2006) p. 68-69 UC users only
Usuda, Kohei. "The voice of Marianne faithfull; On Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette." CineAction - Wntr 2008 i75 p54(4)UC users only
Woodworth, Amy. "A Feminist Theorization of Sofia Coppola's Postfeminist Trilogy." In: Situating the feminist gaze and spectatorship in postwar cinema / edited by Marcelline Block. Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars, 2008. (Main PN1995.9.W6 S58 2008)
Zevin, Alexander. "Marie Antoinette and The Ghosts of the French Revolution." Cineaste; Spring2007, Vol. 32 Issue 2, p32-34, 4p UC users only

Marie Antoinette (1938)
Directed by W.S. Van Dyke II. Cast: Norma Shearer, Tyrone Power, Lionel Barrymore, Robert Morley, Anita Louise, Joseph Schildkraut, Gladys George, Henry Stephenson. A retelling of the life of France's iconic but ill-fated queen, Marie Antoinette (1755-1793), from her betrothal and marriage to Louis XVI (1754 - 1793) at 15 to her reign as queen at 19 and to the end of her reign as queen and ultimately the fall of Versailles. 157 min. DVD 6399
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Burley, Peter. "A farrago of nonsense? The French Revolution in the cinema." (cover story) History Today, May89, Vol. 39 Issue 5, p51-56, 6p UC users only
Ford, Elizabeth. "Marie Antoinette." In: Royal portraits in Hollywood : filming the lives of queens / Elizabeth A. Ford and Deborah C. Mitchell Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.Q35 F67 2009)
Girgus, Sam B. "Historical Melodramas and Conservative Social Maintenance." In: American cinema of the 1930s : themes and variations / edited by Ina Rae Hark. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2007. (Full text available online (UCB users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.U6 A85735 2007)
Harison, Casey. "The French Revolution on Film: American and French Perspectives." History Teacher; May 2005, Vol. 38 Issue 3, p299-324, 26p UC users only

La Marseillaise (France, 1938)
Director, Jean Renoir. Cast: Pierre Renoir, Lise Delamare, Louis Jouvet, Andrex Andrisson, Paul Dullac, Julien Carette, Aime Clariond, Irene Joachim. Charts the progress of the French Revolution from the fall of the Bastille and its impact on the rural peasantry. Chronicles the slow erosion of the power of the aristocracy, the departure of Louis XVI (1754-1793)from the palace, and the anticipated defeat of the Prussian army. The focus here is on the point of view of the common people. 132 min. DVD 7586
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Monsieur N (France / UK, 2002)
Directed by Antoine de Caunes. Cast: Philippe Torreton, Richard E. Grant, Jay Rodan, Elsa Zylberstein. Story of the last years of the life of Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 - 1821), who was imprisoned by the British on St Helena. Napoleon retained a loyal entourage of officers who helped him plot his escape, and evaded the attentions of Sir Hudson Lowe, the island's overzealous Governor. 127 min. DVD 8099
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Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
Directed by Frank Lloyd. Cast: Clark Gable, Charles Laughton, Franchot Tone, Herbert Hundin, Eddie Quillan, Dudley Digges, Donald Crisp. The time is in the late 1700's and Fletcher Christian (1764-1793) leads a mutiny on the high seas against the tyrannical disciplinarian Capt. William Bligh (1754-1817) when the underfed overflogged sailors can no longer take the brutality. DVD Special features: "Pitcairn Island today"--1935 MGM short; 'Mutiny on the Bounty' wins 1935 Academy Award (1936 newsreel); theatrical trailers. 133 min. DVD 4631
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Academy Award - Best Picture

Dening, Greg. "'Captain Bligh' as Mythic Cliché: The Films." In: Screening the past: film and the representation of history / edited by Tony Barta. Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1998. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; MAIN: PN1995.2 .S38 1998)
Hark, Ina Rae. "Movies and the Resistance to Tyranny." In: American cinema of the 1930s : themes and variations / edited by Ina Rae Hark. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2007. (Full text available online (UCB users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.U6 A85735 2007)
Solomon, Jon. "Celluloid Bountys." Archaeology. May 1999. Vol. 52, Iss. 3; pg. 41, 1 pgs
Sturma, Michael. "Women, the Bounty, the movies." Journal of Popular Film & Television. Summer 1995. Vol. 23, Iss. 2; p. 88 (6 pages) UC users only

Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)
Directed by Lewis Milestone. Cast: Marlon Brando, Trevor Howard, Richard Harris, Hugh Griffith, Richard Haydn, Tarita, Percy Herbert. In 1787, the HMS Bounty sets out on a journey that will take it through perilous seas to a tropical paradise--and into history as one of the most ill-fated vessels ever to sail for King and country. Special features: Alternate prologue and epilogue sequences not seen theatrically; New featurette "After the cameras stopped rolling: the journey of the Bounty"; 4 vintage featurettes: "Story of the HMS Bounty", "Voyage of the Bounty to St. Petersburg", "Tour of the Bounty", "1964 New York World's Fair promo"; New digital transfer from restored 65mm elements; Marlon Brando movies trailer gallery. 185 min. DVD 8107
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Solomon, Jon. "Celluloid Bountys." Archaeology. May 1999. Vol. 52, Iss. 3; pg. 41, 1 pgs
Sturma, Michael. "Women, the Bounty, the movies." Journal of Popular Film & Television. Summer 1995. Vol. 23, Iss. 2; p. 88 (6 pages) UC users only

Napoleon (France, 1927)
Directed by Abel Gance. Cast: Albert Dieudonne, Antonin Artaud, Abel Gance. This restored 1927 Abel Gance movie masterpiece which presents important early use of split screen, moving camera and Polyvision, has been painstakingly resurrected. It is a historical epic on the life of Napoleon (1769 - 1821) from boyhood to military triumph including treatment of the French Revolution. 235 min. vhs 999:164
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La nuit de Varennes (That Night in Varennes) (France | Italy, 1982)
Directed by Ettore Scola. Cast: Jean-Louis Barrault, Marcello Mastroianni, Hanna Schygulla, Harvey Keitel, Jean-Claude Brialy. In June 1791, Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette flee Paris at night. They are followed by a writer, Nicolas Restif de la Bretonne, Casanova himself, Thomas Paine, and various other famous and non-famous people who must confront their own political ideas. Based on the novel La nuit de Varennes, ou, L'impossible n'est pas français by Catherine Rihoit (Main (Gardner) Stacks PQ2678 Ri37, N81, 1982) 147 min. DVD X6009
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Pauly, Rebecca. "Libertinage, Liberty, Liberation: The Literary Subtexts Of 'La Nuit De Varennes.'" Eighteenth-Century Life, Fall1990, Vol. 14 Issue 3, p99-107, 9p
Peat, Hal W. "La nuit de Varennes." Cineaste, 1983, Vol. 13 Issue 1, p44-45, 2p
Schlafly, Shannon. "A Modern Echo of the French Revolution: Ettore Scola's La Nuit de Varennes." Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century, vol. 264, pp. 360-364, 1989

The Patriot(2000)
Directed by Roland Emmerich. Cast: Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Joely Richardson, Jason Isaacs. A hero of the French and Indian conflict, Benjamin Martin had renounced fighting forever to raise his family in peace. However, when British troops arrive at his South Carolina home and endanger his family, he takes up arms alongside his idealistic patriot son, Gabriel. Special features: Commentary by director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin, visual effects interactive featurette, battlefield featurette: "The art of war," the true patriots featurette, conceptual art to film comparisons, deleted scenes with commentary by filmmakers, photo galleries, theatrical trailers, talent files, interactive menus with animation, production notes, scene selections with motion images. 165 min. DVD 378
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Countryman, Edward. "The Patriot." Public Historian, Summer2002, Vol. 24 Issue 3, p89, 4p UC users only
Kellman, Steven G. "Independence Daze." Southern Quarterly, 2000, Vol. 38 Issue 4, p133-134, 2p
Pease, Donald E. "The Patriot" acts." boundary 2, 2002, Vol. 29 Issue 2, p29-43, 15p UC users only
Spring, Matthew. "The Patriot." Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research, Spring2006, Vol. 84 Issue 337, p87-90, 4p
Taves, Brian. ""The Crossing"; "The Patriot."" American Historical Review, 2000, Vol. 105 Issue 4, p1439-1440, 2p UC users only

Peter the First (Soviet Union, 1937-1939)
Directed by Vladimir Petrov. Chronicles the later years of Tsar Peter's life (1672 - 1725), during which he almost singlehandedly, forged a medieval Russia into a modern Western nation. Filmed over a three year period, with a cast of more than 5000, the film utilizes montage techniques as created by Eisenstein, Pudovkin, and Dovzhenko to present this crucial period of Russian history. 203 in. vhs 999:3383
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Quills (USA / Germany / UK, 2000)
Directed by Philip Kaufman. Cast: Geoffrey Rush, Kate Winslet, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Caine. History's most infamous sexual adventurer (Marquis de Sade, 1740-1814) lives in a madhouse, where a beautiful laundry maid helps him smuggle his erotic stories to the printer. Defying orders from the asylum's resident priest, the titillating passages whip all of France into a sexual frenzy, until a fiercely conservative doctor tries to put an end to the fun. 124 min. DVD 865
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Bullough, Vern. "Quills: The Movie." Sexuality & Culture, Winter2001, Vol. 5 Issue 1, p3, 4p UC users only
Steinberg, David. "Morality, Yes; Moralism, No: An Ode to the Marquis De Sade." Sexuality & Culture; Winter2001, Vol. 5 Issue 1, p7, 4p UC users only
Steinberg, Davis. "When Heterosexuals Go Bad." Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide; Mar/Apr2001, Vol. 8 Issue 2, p47-48, 2p UC users only

Reign of Terror (aka The Black Book) (1949)
Directed by Anthony Mann. Cast: Robert Cummings, Richard Basehart, Richard Hart, Arlene Dahl, Arnold Moss. In the late 18th century, Maximilen Robespierre (1758-1794) threatens to seize power as France's new dictator during the French Revolution. Meanwhile, a freedom fighter, posing as a prosecutor, seeks to maintain his trust while secretly trying to destroy him and his allies. 89 min. DVD X99
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Burley, Peter. "A farrago of nonsense? The French Revolution in the cinema." (cover story) History Today, May89, Vol. 39 Issue 5, p51-56, 6p UC users only
Grindon, Leger. "Hollywood History and the French Revolution: From The Bastille to The Black Book." Velvet Light Trap: A Critical Journal of Film & Television; Fall91, Issue 28, p32-48, 17p UC users only
Harison, Casey. "The French Revolution on Film: American and French Perspectives." History Teacher; May2005, Vol. 38 Issue 3, p299-324, 26p UC users only

The Rise of Catherine the Great(UK, 1934)
Directed by Paul Czinner. Cast: Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Elizabeth Bergner, Gerald du Maurier, Flora Robson, Irene Vanbrugh. Peek into the life of Catherine II (1729-1796), from the beautiful royal courts of 18th century Russia to her troubled marriage to Peter III (1728 - 1762) (portrayed in nearly 'screwball' fashion). 94 min. DVD X1658
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Ford, Elizabeth. "Catherine the Great" In: Royal portraits in Hollywood : filming the lives of queens / Elizabeth A. Ford and Deborah C. Mitchell Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.Q35 F67 2009)

Rob Roy (USA / UK, 1995)
Directed by Michael Caton-Jones. Cast: Liam Neeson, Jessica Lange, John Hurt, Tim Roth, Eric Stoltz, Brian Cox. When a harsh winter threatens the majestic Scottish Highlands, Robert Roy MacGregor (1671-1734) is forced to borrow money from the less-than-noble Marquis of Montrose to provide for his clan. But when Montrose's evil henchmen conspire to take the wealth for themselves, they thrust Rob into the most challenging battle of his life... one that escalates into a bloody, exhilarating climax. 133 min. DVD X4843
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Canitz, A. E. Christa. "'Historians... Will Say I Am a Liar': The Ideology of False Truth Claims in Mel Gibson's Braveheart and Luc Besson's The Messenger." In: Postmodern medievalisms / edited by Richard Utz and Jesse G. Swan. Woodbridge, UK; Rochester, NY : D.S. Brewer, 2005. (Main Stack CB351.S78 v.13)
Ewan, Elizabeth. "Braveheart directed by Mel Gibson / Rob Roy directed by Michael Caton-Jones." The American Historical Review. Washington: Oct 1995. Vol. 100, Iss. 4; p. 1219 UC users only
Keller, James R. "Masculinity and marginality in Rob Roy and Braveheart." Journal of Popular Film & Television. Winter 1997. Vol. 24, Iss. 4; p. 146 (6 pages) UC users only
Kennedy, Harlan. "Kiltspotting: Highland reels." Film Comment. Jul/Aug 1996. Vol. 32, Iss. 4; pg. 28, 5 pgsUC users only

Roots. (TV, 1977)
An adaptation of Alex Haley's Roots, in which a Black American searches for his family roots by tracing his family's history from the mid-18th century when one of his ancestors, Kunta Kinte, was captured and sold into slavery. Film follows the struggle for freedom that began with the boy's abduction to America and continued throughout the generations that followed. 90 min. ea. DVD 5489
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Sade (France, 2000)
Directed by Benoît Jacquot. Cast: Daniel Auteuil, Marianne Denicourt, Jeanne Balibar, Gregoire Colin, Isild Le Besco, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Philippe Duquesne, Vincent Branchet, Raymond Gerome. The Marquis de Sade, the famous philanthropist and sexual predator, faces execution by Robespierre's puritanical regime, but thanks to his mistress finds temporary respite at Picpus, a sanitarium for aristocrats awaiting the guillotine. There, he focuses his attention on Emilie, a teenager longing to experience sensual pleasure before her death. 100 min. DVD 2227
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Brunette, Peter; Peary, Gerald. "A Child of the New Wave: An Interview with Benoît Jacquot." Cineaste vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 23-27, 2000 UC users only
Frodon, Jean-Michel. "'Rester malades du cinema': Conversation entre André Téchiné et Benoît Jacquot." Cahiers du Cinéma, vol. 596, pp. 18-20, December 2004
Fuller, Graham. "Sade." (Review). Sight and Sound 10.11 (Nov 2000): p18(2).
Lardoux, Xavier. Le cinema de Benoît Jacquot Paris : Editions PC, 2006. (MAIN: PN1998.3.J28 L27 2006)

The Scarlet Empress(1934)
Directed by Josef von Sternberg. Cast: Cast: Marlene Dietrich, John Lodge, Sam Jaffe, Louise Dresser. A historical drama about a German princess, Catherine (1729-1796), who married the Grand Duke Peter (1728 - 1762), the heir to the Russian throne. Because of his madness, she was able to seize the throne and became renowned as Catherine the Great. Special features: 20-minute BBC documentary The world of Josef von Sternberg 104 min. DVD 694
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Ford, Elizabeth. "Catherine the Great" In: Royal portraits in Hollywood : filming the lives of queens / Elizabeth A. Ford and Deborah C. Mitchell Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.Q35 F67 2009)
Landy, Marsha. "Sheets of the Past: Folklore, the Biopic, and The Scarlet Empress." In: Cinematic uses of the past / Marcia Landy. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c1996. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.H5 L36 1996)
Murphy, Kathleen. "Portrait of a lady (times) 2 -- The Earrings of Madame de ... directed by Max Ophuls and starring Danielle Darrieux / The Scarlet Empress directed by Josef Von Sternberg and starring Marlene Dietrich." Film Comment, Jul 1993; Vol. 29, Iss. 4; pg. 23-9 UC users only
Wilson, George M. "Narrative and Visual Pleasure in The Scarlet Empress." In: Style and meaning : studies in the detailed analysis of film / edited by John Gibbs and Douglas Pye. Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2005. (Main Stack PN1995.S778 2005)
Shaka Zulu. (Australia | Italy | South Africa | West Germany | USA, TV, 1986)
Directed by William C. Faure. Cast: Edward Fox, Robert Powell, Trevor Howard, Fiona Fullerton, Christopher Lee, Henry Cele. A dramatization of true events of 19th century tribal Africa centering around the life of Shaka (1787 – 1828), a powerful Zulu leader, as he grows up to fulfill an ancient tribal prophecy to unite his people into a bold new nation. Driven by extraordinary intelligence, courage and astounding physical ability Shaka leads his proud warriors in their quest. Set against the spectacular panorama of the Zulu tribal homelands, this film depicts the clash of two cultures as the European colonial expansion begins in Africa. 660 min. (3 discs) DVD 642
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The Swamp Fox (TV, Walt Disney Presents)
The Swamp Fox is the Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion (1732 - 1795). This patriot fought the British using unusual methods as he matched wits with the Tories in stories of adventure and action. Contents: Episode 1. Birth of the Swamp Fox (broadcast Oct. 23, 1959) -- Episode 2. Swamp Fox: Brother against brother (broadcast Oct. 30, 1959) -- Episode 3. Swamp Fox: Tory vengeance (broadcast Jan. 1, 1960). Leslie Nielsen (The Swamp Fox); John Sutton, Joy Page, Tim Considine, Barbara Eiler. DVD X17
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Walt Disney bibliography
Cotter, Bill. The Wonderful World of Disney Television: A Complete History 1st ed. New York: Hyperion, c1997. (UCB Main PN1992.92.W35 C68 1997)
O'Boyle., J.G. ""Be sure you're right, then go ahead": the early Disney westerns." Journal of Popular Film and Television Summer 1996 v24 n2 p69(13) UCB users only
Telotte, J. P. Disney TV Detroit : Wayne State University Press, c2004. (MAIN: PN1992.92.W35 T45 2004)

Xica da Silva. (Brazil, 1976)
Directed by Carlos Diegues. A film based upon the true story of the legendary black slave Xica de Silva. During an 18th century diamond rush, Brazil's interior became a scene of wealth and excess where Xica rose in power to become the unofficial Empress of Brazil who vividly fused European and African cultures.109 min. vhs 999:1175
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Gordon, Richard A. "Allegories of Resistance and Reception in Xica da Silva." Luso-Brazilian Review, 2005, Vol. 42 Issue 1, p44-60, 17p UC users only

Fictional Films Set in this time period
America (D.W. Griffith) (1924) DVD 60; vhs 999:1885
Barry Lyndon (UK, 1975) DVD 251; vhs 999:199
Brotherhood of the Wolf (Le pacte des loups) (France, 2001) DVD X6058
Captain Blood (1935) DVD 4016
Chunhyang (Korea, 2000)DVD 1506
Dangerous liaisons (USA / UK, 1988) DVD 257; vhs 999:385
The Devil's Disciple (UK / Canada, 1985) DVD 5754
Drums Along the Mohawk (1939) DVD 4090; vhs 699
Fanfan Le Tulipe (Italy | France, 1952) DVD X4066
La Fausse suivante (False Servant) (France, 2000) DVD 1333
Hassian Renegades (aka 1776)(1909) vhs 999:595
The Howards of Virginia (1940) vhs 999:3949
Intrigue and Love(Kabale und Liebe) (East Germany, 1959) vhs 999:2562
The Lady and the Highwayman (UK, TV, 1989) vhs 999:3487
The Man Without a Country (1937) DVD 5838
Münchhausen DVD 2870; vhs 999:328
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) DVD 4631 vhs 999:600
Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) DVD 8107
Orphans of the Storm (1921) DVD 1542; vhs 999:1886
Last of the Mohicans SEE Literary videography
Les Miserables SEE Literary videography
Moll Flanders SEE Literary videography
Northanger Abbey SEE Literary videography
Quills (USA / Germany / UK, 2000) DVD 865
Ridicule (France, 1996) DVD 5934; vhs 999:1999
Russian Ark (Russkiy kovcheg) (Russia / Germany, 2002) DVD 1926
Sade (France, 2000) DVD 2227
The Scarlet Pimpernel (UK, 1982) DVD 4634
The Scarlet Pimpernel (UK, 1934) DVD 4634
Start the Revolution Without Me (1970) DVD 4264
A Tale of Two Cities SEE Literary videography
Tom Jones SEE Literary videography
Valmont (France / USA, 1989) DVD X6303; vhs 999:457
War and Peace SEE Literary videography

19th Century: 1800 - 1850

The Alamo (2004)
Directed by John Lee Hancock. Cast: Billy Bob Thornton, Dennis Quaid, Jason Patric, Patrick Wilson, Jordi Molla, Emilio Echevarria, Marc Blucas, Leon Rippy. Retells the story of the historic 1836 battle in the Texan War of Independence. Facing 4,000 Mexican troops, 186 Texan soldiers and volunteers - including William Travis (1809-1836), Davy Crockett (1786-1836), and Jim Bowie (1796 - 1836)- retreat within the walls of the Alamo, a Franciscan mission that was converted into a military fort. Once inside, the men prepare themselves for what will be a bloody battle to the death. U.S. General Sam Houston leads the charge from the outside. The Texans held the fort for 13 days under siege by General Santa Anna. 136 min. DVD 3008
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The Alamo(1960)
Directed by John Wayne. Cast: John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Laurence Harvey, Frankie Avalon, Patrick Wayne, Richard Boone, Linda Cristal, Joan O'Brien. Film depicts a pivotal event in American history--the battle of the Alamo when 185 "Texans" stood against a 7,000-man Mexican army. The battle ended in the smaller forces' defeat, but lasted long enough to insure the eventual independence of Texas. Special DVD features: John Wayne's "The Alamo" documentary (40 min.) ; theatrical trailers. 202 min. DVD X1033
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Alexander the Great (O Megalexandros) (Greece | Italy | West Germany, 1991)
Directed by Theodoros Angelopoulos. Cast: Omero Antonutti, Eva Kotamanidou, Mihalis Giannatos, Grigoris Evangelatos. Based on some historical events, the film gives a romanticized biography of Theodoros Kolokotronis (1770 – 1843), a Greek historical hero serving as a metaphor for Greece herself. Based on a circular view of history, the film presents conflicting ideologies - primitive communism, anarchism, chiefdom or kingdom, personality cult - and shows the institutions of property and power in a bad light. 199 min. DVD X7188
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Amazing Grace (UK / USA, 2006)
Directed by Michael Apted. Cast: Ioan Gruffudd, Rufus Sewell, Michael Gambon, Albert Finney, Youssou N'Dour, Ciaran Hinds. A dramatization of the life of the human rights activist, cultural reformer and member of Parliament, William Wilberforce (1759 - 1833) who sustained a twenty-year fight in 19th century England, endeavoring to end the British transatlantic slave trade. Wilberforce encountered intense opposition from members of Parliament but his minister John Newton, a reformed slave ship captain who penned the hymn "Amazing Grace" urged him to see the cause through. 118 min. DVD 8799
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Amistad (1998)
Directed by Steven Spielberg. Cast: Morgan Freeman, Nigel Hawthorne, Anthony Hopkins, Djimon Hounsou, Matthew McConaughey, David Paymer, Pete Postlethwaite, Stellan Skarsgard. Chronicles the 1839 revolt on board a slave ship bound for America. Much of the story involves the court-room drama about the slave who led the revolt. 155 min. DVD 956; vhs 999:1997
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The Buccaneer (1938)
Directed by Cecil B. DeMille. Cast: Fredric March, Franciska Gaal, Akim Tamiroff. As the War of 1812 rages, the British have invaded Washington and hope to persuade the pirate Jean Laffite (ca. 1776 – ca. 1823) to help them capture New Orleans, where Laffite openly sells his loot in a pirates' market. But he never attacks American ships and convinces his men to fight for the United States. Through the actions of the traitorous Senator Crawford, Laffite's men are greeted with cannon fire from the American ships and Laffite must persuade the American authorities of his loyalty before joining forces with General Andrew Jackson to fight the British in the Battle of New Orleans. Based on Lafitte the pirate by Lyle Saxon. 124 min. DVD X6389
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Davy Crockett(TV, 1955)
Disc 1. Davy Crockett Indian fighter -- Davy Crockett goes to Congress -- Davy Crockett at the Alamo -- Disc 2. Davy Crockett's keelboat race -- Davy Crockett and the river pirates.

Experience the television show that made coonskin caps a staple for a generation of American youngsters. With a rifle named Old Betsy, Davy Crockett (1786 - 1836)fought for justice with his own brand of homespun ingenuity. Featuring exclusive introductions by film historian, Leonard Maltin. Supplemental features: a conversation with Fess Parker, The Davy Crockett craze, gallery. DVD 948

Walt Disney bibliography
Cotter, Bill. The Wonderful World of Disney Television: A Complete History 1st ed. New York: Hyperion, c1997. (UCB Main PN1992.92.W35 C68 1997)
Griffin, Sean. "Kings of the Wild Backyard: Davy Crockett and Children's Space." In: Kids' media culture / edited by Marsha Kinder. Durham [N.C.] : Duke University Press, 1999. (Main Stack HQ784.M3.K54 1999)
King, Margaret J. "The Recycled Hero: Walt Disney's Davy Crockett." In: Davy Crockett: The Man, the Legend, the Legacy / edited by Michael A. Lofaro. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, c1985. (Moffitt GR105.37.D3.D38 1985; Main Stack GR105.37.D3.D381 1985)
Merck, Mandy. "Davy Crockett." History Workshop Journal Volume 40, Number 1 pp. 184-189UCB users only
O'Boyle., J.G. ""Be sure you're right, then go ahead": the early Disney westerns." Journal of Popular Film and Television Summer 1996 v24 n2 p69(13) UCB users only
Telotte, J. P. Disney TV Detroit : Wayne State University Press, c2004. (MAIN: PN1992.92.W35 T45 2004)

Disraeli (1929)
Directed by Alfred E. Green. Cast: George Arlis, Florence Arlis, Joan Bennett. A historical drama of the life of Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), the famous Prime Minister of 19th century Victorian England. One of the masterstrokes of Disraeli's foreign policy provides the focus for the film: the acquisition of the Suez Canal during a time of domestic and international intrigue. 87 min. vhs 999:2863
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Francisco de Miranda (2006)
Directed by Diego Rísquez. Cast: Luis Fernández, Miguel Ferrari, Tuki Jencquel, Ralph Kinnard, Athina Klioumi. A drama of the life of the Venezuelan revolutionary Francisco de Miranda (1750-1816) who is regarded as a forerunner of Simón Bolívar. An idealist, he developed a visionary plan to liberate and unify all of Spanish America but his own military initiatives on behalf of an independent Spanish America ended in 1812 when he was handed over to his enemies and four years later, in 1816, died in a Spanish prison. Within fourteen years of his death, however, most of Spanish America was independent. 102 min. DVD X6953
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Juarez(1939)
Directed by William Dieterle. Cast: Paul Muni, Bette Davis, Brian Aherne, Claude Rains, John Garfield, Donald Crisp, Joseph Calleia, Gale Sondergaard, Gilbert Roland, Henry O'Neill. The newly named emperor Maximilian and his wife Carolotta arrive in Mexico to face popular sentiment favoring Benito Juraez and democracy. He tries to appease the Mexicans but fails. Abraham Lincoln is supporting Juarez and asks the French to withdraw support for Maximilian. Carlotta goes to France to plead with Napoleon, to no avail. Based in part on a play by Franz Werfel and the novel "The phantom crown" by Bertita Harding. 123 min. DVD X4805; vhs 999:2832
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Elsaesser, Thomas. "Film history as social history: The Dieterle/Warner Brothers bio-pic." Wide Angle Vol VIII nr 2 (1986); p 15-31
Maland, Charles. "Movies and American Culture in the Annus Mirabilis: A Closer Look: Stagecoach and Juarez." In: American cinema of the 1930s : themes and variations / edited by Ina Rae Hark. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2007. (Full text available online (UCB users only); Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.U6 A85735 2007)
Robé, Chris. "Taking Hollywood Back: The Historical Costume Drama, the Biopic, and Popular Front U.S. Film Criticism: The French Resistance: William Dieterle: Left Superstar." Cinema Journal 48, Number 2, Winter 2009 UC users only
von Dassanowsky, Robert. "Maximilian and Juárez in 1939: Dieterle's Juarez as Mitteleuropa Metaphor." Central Europe, Nov2005, Vol. 3 Issue 2, p143-150, 8p UC users only
Woll, Allen L. "The Dilemma of Juarez." Film & History, Feb1975, Vol. 5 Issue 1, p15-18, 4p UC users only

Huston, John. Juárez / edited with an introduction by Paul J. Vanderwood. Madison, Wis. : Published for the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research by the University of Wisconsin Press, 1983 (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.J76 .H8 1983)

Kolberg (1945)
Director, Veit Harlan. Cast: Kristina Soderbaum, Heinrich George, Horst Caspar, Paul Wegener, Gustav Diessl. Re-creates the true story of a Prussian town's rebellion against Napoleon's army of the occupation (1813). Laced with National Socialist ideology, the film is a mirror of Nazi Germany's own war for survival during the final years of World War II. In its characterizations of Kolberg's besieged citizenry, the epic allegorically reflects the spirit of fanatical resolve to fight on that Nazi propaganda was attempting to instill in the German populace. One of the Third Reich's most ambitious spectaculars, three years in the making. 118 min. DVD 3857; vhs 999:321
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Culbert, David. "Kolberg: Goebbels' Wunderwaffe as Counterfactual History. Historical Reflections, Summer2009, Vol. 35 Issue 2, p125-141, 17p UC users only
Culbert, David; Grohmann, Hans-Joachim. "'Kolberg': Film, filmscript and Kolobrzeg today." Historical Journal of Film, Radio & Television, Oct1994, Vol. 14 Issue 4, p449, 18p UC users only
Culbert, David; Grohmann, Hans-Joachim. "Kolberg: Film, filmscript and Kolobrzeg today." Historical Journal of Film, Radio & Television, Oct1994, Vol. 14 Issue 4, p449, 18p UC users only
Giesen, Rolf. Hitlerjunge Quex, Jud Süß und Kolberg : die Propagandafilme des Dritten Reiches : Dokumente und Materialien zum NS-Film Berlin : Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf, 2005.(MAIN: PN1995.9.N36 G53 2005)
Paret, Peter. "Kolberg (1945) as historical film and historical document." Historical Journal of Film, Radio & Television, Oct1994, Vol. 14 Issue 4, p433, 16p UC users only

Lola Montes (1955)
Directed by Max Ophüls. Cast: Martine Carol (Lola Montès), Peter Ustinov (Ringmaster), Anton Walbrook (King Ludwig), Henri Guisol (Maurice), Lise Delamare (Lola's mother), Paulette Dubost (Josephine), Oskar Werner (Student). Depicts, through flashbacks, the life of a famous courtesan (1821-1861), recounted as part of a lavish circus act. The ringmaster introduces and displays Lola Montes who recalls her romances with Franz Liszt, a student, and Ludwig, King of Bavaria before she was reduced by scandal, poverty and ill fortune to her present life as a circus performer. 110 min. DVD 189
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Lone Star (1951)
Directed by Vincent Sherman. Cast: Broderick Crawford, Lionel Barrymore, Ava Gardner, Clark Gable. Will Texas be independent or a U.S. state? Ex-President Andrew Jackson (1767 - 1845) recruits cattleman Devereaux Burke to travel through hostile Indian land, find Texas hero Sam Houston (1793 - 1863) and persuade him to support annexation. In exchange, Burke will gain a contract to sell beef to U.S. forces during the war with Mexico sure to follow statehood. 94 min. DVD X6563
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Ludwig II: Glanz und Ende eines Königs (West Germany, 1955)
Directed by Helmut Käutner. A dramatization of the tragic life of Bavaria's King Ludwig II (1845-1886), from his ascension to the throne to his early death in 1886. In German without English subtitles. 110 min. vhs 999:2962

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Ludwig: requiem für einen Jungfräulichen König (Ludwig: Requiem for a Virgin King)(Germany, 1972)
Director, Hans Jürgen Syberberg. Cast: Harry Baer, Ingrid Caven, Balthasar Thomass, Oskar von Schab, Edgar Murray, Peter Kern, Gerhard Maerz. A dramatic exploration of the life of King Ludwig II of Bavaria (1845-1886), featuring a collage-like mixture of images from German folklore and history. The first section presents in the course of one single night several significant events in the life of Ludwig. The second section depicts nightmarish projections of his fantasies and reality, as well as his fall from grace and death. In German without English subtitles. 1972. 139 min. DVD X298
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"Ludwig: requiem for a virgin king." Film Quarterly, Spring 1981, Vol. 34, p58-61, 4pUC users only

Miranda regresa (Venzuela, 2007)
Directed by Luis Alberto Lamata. Cast: Jorge Reyes, Luis Gerónimo Abreu, Luis Abreu, Francisco Alfaro, Alberto Alifa. The story of the revolutionary Venezuelan general and politician, Francisco de Miranda (1750-1816). The film shows Miranda's life, from the formative moments in his youth to his plans for the independence of the Spanish colonies in the Americas in the early 19th century. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 145 min. DVD X3735
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Muen and Rid (Amdaeng Muen kab nai Rid) (Thailand, 1994)
Directed by Cherd Songsri. Cast: Jintara Sukaphat and Santisuk Promsiri. Based on a true story, this film celebrates an early case of a struggle for women's rights in Thailand that resulted in a decree promulgated by King Mongkut (Rama IV) in December 1865. Tells the story of Amdaeng Muen, a Thai peasant woman who rejects an arranged marriage and flees her village. She is supported in her efforts to find freedom by a young Buddhist monk who has subsequently taught her to read and write. Under Thai law at the time, parents had the right to give away or sell their children. Muen eventually brings her case for judgement before the King. 125 min. Video/C 999:3801
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Napoleon (France, 1927)
Directed by Abel Gance. Cast: Albert Dieudonne, Antonin Artaud, Abel Gance. This restored 1927 Abel Gance movie masterpiece which presents important early use of split screen, moving camera and Polyvision, has been painstakingly resurrected. It is a historical epic on the life of Napoleon (1769 - 1821) from boyhood to military triumph including treatment of the French Revolution. 235 min. vhs 999:164
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Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973)
Directed by Sam Peckinpah. Cast: James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, Bob Dylan, Jason Robards. Outlaw Pat Garrett (1850-1908) puts on a badge and stalks his best friend across the vast New Mexican desert in this classic portrayal of a western legend. 122 min. DVD 5017; vhs 999:917
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Proteus(Canada / South Africa, 2003)
Directors, Jack Lewis and John Greyson. Cast: Rouxnet Brown, Shaun Smyth, Neil Sandilands, Kristen Thomson. A fact-based interracial gay love story of two men incarcerated in the infamous South African Robin Island prison in the 18th century. Claas Blank, a Koi herder was unjustly imprisoned for stealing cattle. Rijkhaart Jacobsz, a withdrawn Dutch sailor, was imprisoned for the crime of homosexuality. The two were placed on trial for sodomy and the film is based partly on court transcipts from the time. 97 min. DVD 3275
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The Rothschilds' Shares in Waterloo (Die Rothschilds Aktien auf Waterloo) (Germany, 1940)
Directed by Erich Waschneck. Cast: Carl Kuhlmann, Hilde Weissner, Gisela Uhler, Erich Ponto. The Rothschilds was the first of three stridently antisemitic movies made in 1940 under the Nazi regime. A purportedly "historical" account of the Rothschild family's rise to fortune, set mostly in Great Britain during the Napoleonic wars, the movie reflected a wildly ambitious racial-political agenda. Yet the film's dramatic conventions did not always mesh with its racial politics, and when the film was released in July 1940, German audiences were left unclear as to just who they were mainly supposed to hate. Goebbels had it pulled from distribution; a year later, a much-revised version, purged of any conceivable sympathies for its British characters, was released. The revamped movie was renamed The Rothschilds: Shares in Waterloo; this is the version presented here. But by the time of its re-release, the movie's moment had passed. A new, wildly popular film, Jud Süß, had become the regime's preferred vehicle for whipping up antisemitic feeling. If, in the end, The Rothschilds proved a less effective incitement to hate, it wasn't for lack of trying with its striking juxtaposition of Nazi social criticism and racial theory, its twin assaults upon Jewish and British character, and its deft recycling of many key myths surrounding the House of Rothschild. 97 min. DVD X4200
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Seguin.
Cast: A. Martinez, Henry Darrow, Rose Portillo, Pepe Serna, Danny De La Paz, Enrique Castillo, Lupe Ontiveros, Edward James Olmos. A docu-drama based on the life of one of Texas' unsung heroes, Juan Nepomunceno Seguin (1806-1890), a leader in San Antonio who raised an army to fight the Mexican forces of Santa Ana at the Alamo. Written and directed by Jesus Salvador Trevino. 68 min. Video/C 5133

Fregoso, Rosa Linda. "Seguin: The Same Side of the Alamo Bilingual." In: Chicano Cinema: research, Reviews, and Resources Edited by Gary D. Keller. pp: 146-152. Binghamton, N.Y.: Bilingual Review/Press, c1985. (UCB Main PN1995.9.M49.C47 1985; UCB Moffitt PN1995.9.M49.C47 1985)

That Hamilton Woman (UK, 1941)
Directed by Alexander Korda. Cast: Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, Alan Mowbray, Sara Allgood, Gladys Cooper, Henry Wilcoxon, Heather Angel, Halliwell Hobbes, Gilbert Emery, Miles Mander, Ronald Sinclair, Luis Alberni, Norma Drury, Olaf Hytten, Juliette Compton, Guy Kingsford. Set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars of the late eighteenth century. Emma Hart (1761 - 1815) is a beautiful dance hall girl who is sent by her latest lover to stay with his uncle Sir William Hamilton (1730 - 1803), the British ambassador to Naples. Sir William, considering Emma a rare piece of art he must possess, introduces her to Naples' elite society and she soon marries him. Later, Horatio Nelson (1758 - 1805), a famous English Naval office arrives. Soon, a scandalous, adulterous affair between the British Royal Navy officer and the renowned beauty begins. Special features: Audio commentary featuring noted film historian Ian Christie; "Alexander Korda presents" a 1941 promotional radio piece for the film; "Michael Korda" new video interview with author and editor, Michael Korda, Alexander's nephew, who discusses growing up in the Korda family and the making of That Hamilton woman; Theatrical trailer. 125 min. DVD X2324
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Draper, Ellen. "Untrammeled by Historical Fact': That Hamilton Woman and Melodrama's Aversion to History" Wide Angle: A Film Quarterly of Theory, Criticism, and Practice, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 56-63, Jan 1992
Farr, John. "Napoleonic Action." Military History, Dec2007, Vol. 24 Issue 9, p58-61, 4p UC users only
McKee, Alison. "What's Love Got To Do With It?: History and Melodrama in the 1940s Woman's Film." Film & History , Fall2009, Vol. 39 Issue 2, p5-15, 11p UC users only
Neville-Sington, Pamela. "Sex, Lies, and Celluloid: That Hamilton Woman and British Attitudes towards the Italians from the Risorgimento to the Second World War." In: Performing national identity : Anglo-Italian cultural transactions / edited by Manfred Pfister and Ralf Hertel. Amsterdam ; New York, NY : Rodopi, 2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks GN345.7 .P474 2008)
Short, K.R.M. ""That Hamilton Woman" (1941): propaganda, feminism and the production code." Historical Journal of Film, Radio & Television, 1991, Vol. 11 Issue 1, p3-19, 17p UC users only
Walker, Greg. "The roots of alexander Korda: myths of identity and the international film." Patterns of Prejudice, Mar2003, Vol. 37 Issue 1, p3, 23p UC users only

Wild Bill (1995)
Directed by Walter Hill. Cast: Jeff Bridges, Ellen Barkin, John Hurt, Diane Lane, Keith Carradine, Christina Applegate, Bruce Dern, James Gammon, David Arquette, Marjoe Gortner. Jeff Bridges portrays Wild Bill Hickok (James Butler Hickok, 1837-1876), the hard-drinking, quick-shooting gunslinger, who lived on the edge. Presented in stunning visual style and lightning-fast pace, the film centers around the explosive confrontation between Hickok and a mysterious stranger who has arrived in Deadwood, South Dakota, announcing that he will not leave until Hickok is dead. 115 min. DVD 2207
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Fictional Films Set in this time period
The Black Castle (1952) DVD 6216
Captain Lightfoot (1955) DVD X4894
Le colonel Chabert (France, 1994) DVD X2872
The Feast of All Saints (TV, 2001) DVD X1896
The Fighting Kentuckian (1949) DVD X5686
Horatio Hornblower (UK, 2001) DVD 5050
The Kentuckian (1955) DVD X1035
Maluala (Cuba, 1979) DVD X1270
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) DVD 4633
Les Misérables SEE Literary videography
Monte Cristo (1922) DVD X3660
Night Creatures (aka Captain Clegg) (UK, 1962) DVD 4450
El otro Francisco (Cuba, 1972) DVD X1271
Pan Tadeusz (Poland / France, 1999) vhs 999:3377
Le colonel Chabert (France, 1994) DVD X2872
Der Rebell (The Rebel) (Germany, 1932) vhs 999:311
The Red and the Black (Le rouge et le noir) (France / Italy / Germany, 1997)DVD 6671
Slave Hunter (Cuba, 1975) DVD X1272
Zoro films SEEAdventure films
Oliver Twist and other works of Charles Dickens SEE Literary videography

19th Century: 1851 - 1899

Millichap, Joseph. "The 1890s." In: The Columbia companion to American history on film : how the movies have portrayed the American past / edited by Peter C. Rollins. New York : Columbia University Press, c2003. (Media Center PN1995.9.U64.C65 2003; Doe Refe PN1995.9.U64.C65 2003; Moffitt PN1995.9.U64.C65 2003; PFA PN1995.9.U64.C65 2003)

1860 (Italy, 1934/1951)
Directed by Alessandro Blasetti. Cast: Aida Bellia, Giuseppe Gulino, Gianfranco Giachetti, Totò Maiorana, Mario Ferrari, Vasco Creti, Cesare Zoppetti, Ugo Gracci. In May 1860, the Sicilians rebelled against and defeated the troops of the King of Naples leading to the unification of Italy. This is a dramatization of the events surrounding the battle of Calatafimi. The use of non-professional actors, actual landscapes, natural light sources, and regional dialects make this epic film a precursor of the neorealism film genre. Contents: DVD 1. 1860 versione restaurata (1934, 74 min.) ; 1860 finale prima versione (1 min.) ; Blaseti parla dei suoi film (interview with Francesco Savio conducted 26 Jan. - 2 Feb., 1974) (22 min) ; Anita Garibaldi / Cineteca del comune di Bologna e Provincia di Ravenna, settore cinema ; regia Mario Caserini ; Cines (1910, tinted, 11 min.) -- DVD 2. 1860: i mille di Garibaldi (1951, 70 min.) ; 1860 (version originale) [recently recovered unrestored 16 mm print ] (1934, 73 min.). 78 min. DVD X3659; vhs 999:1550
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Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940)
Directed by John Cromwell. Cast: Raymond Massey, Gene Lockhart, Ruth Gordon, Mary Howard, Minor Watson, Alan Baxter, Harvey Stephens, Howard da Silva. Views Lincoln's life, from his early days as a young woodsman to his election to the presidency in 1860. Includes his first love with Ann Rutledge, his marriage to Mary Todd, his early law practice, and his debates with Stephen Douglas. Film version of Robert E. Sherwood's play of the same title. 110 min. DVD X1799
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"Abraham Lincoln." In: The Columbia companion to American history on film : how the movies have portrayed the American past / edited by Peter C. Rollins. New York : Columbia University Press, c2003. (Media Center PN1995.9.U64.C65 2003; Doe Refe PN1995.9.U64.C65 2003; Moffitt PN1995.9.U64.C65 2003; PFA PN1995.9.U64.C65 2003)
Krukones, Michael G. "Motion Picture Presidents of the 1930s: Factual and Fictional Leaders for a Time of Crisis." In: Hollywood's White House : the American presidency in film and history / edited by Peter C. Rollins and John E. O'Connor. Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, c2003. (Main (Gardner) Stacks and Pacific Film Archive PN1995.9.U64 H65 2003)
Pipolo, Tony. "Hero or Demagogue? Images of Lincoln in American Film." Cineaste, vol. 35, no. 1, pp. 14-21, 2009 Winter UC users only

Abraham Lincoln (1930)
Directed by D.W. Griffith. Cast: Walter Huston, Una Merkel, Ian Keith, Frank Campeau, Hobart Bosworth, Henry B. Walthall, Kay Hammond, Alyn E. Warren, Fred Warren. This epic biography of the life of Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) is D.W. Griffith's first talking picture. It begins with Lincoln's life just prior to his White House ascent. His romance with Ann Rutledge and the famed Lincoln-Douglas debate receive special attention, and Griffith is in his element when picturing the battle scenes of the Civil War. The film concludes with Lincoln's assassination at Ford's Theatre. 84 min. DVD X622; vhs 999:1882
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"Abraham Lincoln." In: The Columbia companion to American history on film : how the movies have portrayed the American past / edited by Peter C. Rollins. New York : Columbia University Press, c2003. (Media Center PN1995.9.U64.C65 2003; Doe Refe PN1995.9.U64.C65 2003; Moffitt PN1995.9.U64.C65 2003; PFA PN1995.9.U64.C65 2003)
Krukones, Michael G. "Motion Picture Presidents of the 1930s: Factual and Fictional Leaders for a Time of Crisis." In: Hollywood's White House : the American presidency in film and history / edited by Peter C. Rollins and John E. O'Connor. Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, c2003. (Main (Gardner) Stacks and Pacific Film Archive PN1995.9.U64 H65 2003)
Pipolo, Tony. "Hero or Demagogue? Images of Lincoln in American Film." Cineaste, vol. 35, no. 1, pp. 14-21, 2009 Winter UC users only

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford(2007)
Directed by Andrew Dominik. Cast: Brad Pitt, Mary-Louise Parker, Brooklynn Proulx, Dustin Bollinger, Casey Affleck, Sam Rockwell, Jeremy Renner, Sam Shepard, Garret Dillahunt, Paul Schneider. Everyone in 1880s America knows Jesse James (1847 - 1882). He's the nation's most notorious criminal and is being hunted by the law in 10 states. He's also the land's greatest hero, lauded as a Robin Hood by the public. No one knows of Robert Ford (1862 - 1892), at least not yet. But the ambitious 19-year-old aims to change that. He befriends Jesse and rides with his gang. And if that doesn't bring Ford fame, he will have to find a deadlier way. Friendship becomes rivalry and the quest for fame becomes obsession. Based on the novel by Ron Hansen. 159 min. DVD 9280
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Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or, Sitting Bull's History Lesson (1976)
Directed by Robert Altman. Cast: Paul Newman, Joel Grey, Geraldine Chaplin, Burt Lancaster, Frank Kaquitts. Chronicles the travels and adventures of Buffalo Bill Cody (1846-1917), the legendary Western adventurer. Although Buffalo Bill had fought Indians and Civil War battles, nothing could prepare him for his newest challenge: show business! His "Wild West Show" was hugely popular, featuring stunt-riders, battle recreations and a beautiful sharpshooter, Annie Oakley (1860 - 1926). But when Bill signed a former enemy, Sioux Chief Sitting Bull, for a featured role in the show, a clash of cultures reverberated far beyond the boundaries of their sprawling outdoor theater. 123 min. DVD 4269; vhs 999:1641
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The Charge of the Light Brigade (1912)
Directed by J. Searle Dawley. Cast: James Gordon, Richard Neill, Charles Sutton, Ben F. Wilson and the soldiers of the U.S. Calvary from Fort D.A. Russell, near Cheyenne, Wyoming. The third in a series of rare silent films from the early film-making period of 1911-1915. Retelling of the famous incident in the 1854 Crimean War when a British cavalry unit, because of a mix-up in orders, charged an almost impregnable Russian artillery position and was decimated. 93 min. DVD 8450
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Charge of the Light Brigade(UK, 1968)
Directed by Tony Richardson. Cast: Trevor Howard, Vanessa Redgrave, John Gielgud, Harry Andrews, Jill Bennett, David Hemmings, Ben Aris. A chronicle of events that led to the British involvement in the Crimean War against Russia and which led to the siege of Sevastopol and the fierce Battle of Balaclava on October 25, 1854. The battle climaxed with the heroic, but near-disastrous calvary charge made by the British Light Brigade against a Russian artillery battery in a small valley which resulted in the near-destruction of the brigade due to error of judgement and rash planning on part by the inept British commanders. Based on the poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson. 131 min. DVD 9991
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Connelly, Mark. "The charge of the Light Brigade." London ; New York : I.B. Tauris ; New York : Distributed in the U.S. and Canada by Palgrave Macmillan, 2003. (Full text available online [UCB users only]
Jackson, Martin A. "The Charge of the Light Brigade." Film & History; Sep1972, Vol. 2 Issue 3, p24-25, 2p UC users only

Charge of the Light Brigade(1936)
Directed by Michael Curtiz. Cast: Errol Flynn, Olivia De Havilland, Patric Knowles, Henry Stephenson, Nigel Bruce, Donald Crisp, David Niven, Robert Barrat. The events that instigated British involvement in the Crimean War are vividly painted against the rugged canvas of battle-scarred India. An army officer deliberately starts the Balaclava charge to even an old score with Surat Khan, who's on the other side. Based on the poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson and inspired by history. Special features: Warner night at the movies 1936 short subjects gallery: vintage newsreel; dramatic short "Give me Liberty"; comedy short, "Shop Talk with Bob Hope"; cartoon, "Boom Boom" ; trailers for Charge of the light bigade, and, 1936's Anthony Adverse. 115 min. DVD 8051
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Kinnard, Roy. The American films of Michael Curtiz / by Roy Kinnard and R.J. Vitone. Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1986. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.A3 C8951 1986)
Levin, Meyer. "Charge of the Light Brigade." In: American movie critics : an anthology from the silents until now / edited by Phillip Lopate. New York : Library of America : Distributed to the trade by Penguin Putnam, c2006. p103-05. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; Moffitt; PFA PN1995 .A448 2006)
Niemi, Robert. "Charge of the Light Brigade." In: History in the media : film and television Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, c2006. (MAIN: PN1995.9.H5 N54 2006)
Slotkin, Richard. "The Continuity of Forms: Myth and Genre in Warner Brothers' The Charge of the Light Brigade." Representations, vol. 29, pp. 1-23, January 1990 UC users only
Robertson, James C. (James Crighton)The Casablanca man : the cinema of Michael Curtiz / James C. Robertson. London ; New York : Routledge, 1993. ( Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.C87 R63 1993)

La Commune (Paris, 1871) (France, 2000)
Directed by Peter Watkins. La Commune was the name given to the revolutionary government established by the people of Paris in 1871. This presents an in-depth account of the major characters of the Commune of 1871 whose members followed either Louis August Blanqui or the philosopher Pierre Joseph Proudhon. The film travels back to 1871 and is not only a lesson in history but presents a demonstration of how history is shaped, and re-shaped, by the tellers of the tale. In this particular case activities of the Commune are broadcast by a journalist for Versailles Television who presents the official view while a Commune television station is set up to present the perspectives of the Paris rebels. 345 min. DVD X5780; Video/C 9477
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La Commune (France, 1914)
Directed by Armand Guerra. After the fall of the French to the Prussians in 1870 and the fall of the Second Empire, Adolphe Thiers was appointed head of the French government's executive branch. The Parisians were humiliated and a popular revolt was imminent. On the 18th March 1871 Thiers sent for General Lecomte to retrieve the Montmartre canons acquired to defend the capital, kept by the National Guard. To begin with the population were against the troops then fraternised with them, causing the beginning of the insurrection with Thiers fleeing to Versailles and Generals Lecomte and Thomas executed. The Commune of Paris was appointed ten days later and an organisation similar to self-management was put in place at the same time to manage the town. The historic reconstruction at an end, the film continues by introducing former communards and ends with a banner heralding the glory of the Commune before a wall of federates. With this documentary just a few seconds long Guerra shows his commitment as a militant film maker.

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Crazy Horse (1996)
Directed by John Irvin. Cast: Michael Greyeyes, Irene Bedard, Jimmy Herman, August Schellenberg, Ned Beatty, Peter Horton, Wes Studi. Tells the true story of Crazy Horse (ca. 1840-1877), the Oglala warrior who relentlessly resisted the white man's attempt to take over Indian lands and fought General Custer and his forces at Little Big Horn. Originally produced for television by Turner Broadcasting. 93 min. vhs 999:3606
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Dark Command(1940)
Director, Raoul Walsh. Cast: John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Walter Pidgeon, Roy Rogers, George (Gabby) Hayes, Marjorie Main, Porter Hall, Raymond Walburn. Set in pre-Civil War Lawrence, Kansas where tensions about slavery ran high, this film tells a fictionalized version of the story of the raider William Clarke Quantrill. Bob Seton runs for Federal Marshall of Kansas and defeats William Cantrell. Cantrell responds by stealing Seton's girl and manipulating her into marrying him. Seton later exposes Cantrell and his band of guerillas who have been raiding both Union and Confederate lines. Based on the novel The dark command / by W.R. Burnett. 94 min. DVD X4452; vhs 999:3826
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McNiven, Roger. "The Western Landscape of Raoul Walsh." Velvet Light Trap: A Critical Journal of Film & Television, Fall75, Issue 15, p50-55, 6p

Geronimo: An American Legend (1993)
Directed by Walter Hill. Cast: Wes Studi, Jason Patric, Robert Duvall, Gene Hackman, Matt Damon. Betrayed by the Army's legendary "Indian fighter" General George Crook (1828-1890), Geronimo (1829-1909) leads a small band of warriors in escape, but is pursued by a principled officer, a grizzled army scout, and a gung-ho West Point graduate. 115 min. DVD 2045
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Gettysburg (1993)
Directed by Ronald F. Maxwell. Cast: Tom Berenger, Jeff Daniels, Martin Sheen, Maxwell Caulfield, Kevin Conway, C. Thomas Howell, Richard Jordan, James Lancaster, Stephen Lang, Sam Elliott. On July 1, 1863, more than 150,000 Union and Confederate soldiers were drawn into one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. When it was all over, 50,000 men had paid the ultimate price. Today, Gettysburg is known as the turning point of the war and a pivotal event in American history. Cast: some of the most authentic Civil War battle scenes ever committed to film, and outstanding performances by the cast, "Gettysburg" accurately depicts the events, battles and personal struggles from points of view of soldiers on both sides of the conflict. 254 min. DVD 7992
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Alleva, Richard. "It's all in the acting." Commonweal; 11/19/93, Vol. 120 Issue 20, p27, 2p UC users only
Chadwick, Bruce. "Actor Against Actor." American Heritage; Aug/Sep2004, Vol. 55 Issue 4, p64-66, 3p UC users only
Gallagher, Gary W. "Gettysburg." The Journal of American History. Dec 1994. Vol. 81, Iss. 3; pg. 1398, 3 pgs UC users only
Niemi, Robert. "Gettysburg" In: History in the media : film and television Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, c2006. (MAIN: PN1995.9.H5 N54 2006)
Winchell, Mark Royden. "The Cause of Us All: Ronald Maxwell's Gods and Generals and Gettysburg." In: God, man, and Hollywood : politically incorrect cinema from "The birth of a nation" to "The Passion of the Christ" Wilmington, Del. : ISI Books, c2008. Main; PFA PN1995.9.S6 W53 2008)

Glory (1989)
Directed by Edward Zwick. Cast: Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes, and Morgan Freeman. Based on the true story of the first black regiment to fight for the North in the Civil War. Robert Gould Shaw and Cabot Forbes are two idealistic young Bostonians that lead the regiment; Sgt. Maj. John Rawlins is the inspiration who unites the troops ; Pvt. Trip is a runaway slave who joins the regiment. Based on the letters by Robert Gould Shaw ; based on the book "Lay this laurel" by Lincoln Kirstein ; based on the book "One gallant rush" by Peter Burchard. Special features: Disc 1: Director's audio commentary; picture-in-picture video commentary featuring Ed Zwick, Morgan Freeman & Matthew Broderick ; Disc 2: Documentary "The true story of 'Glory' continues" narrated by Morgan Freeman; "Voices of 'Glory'" featurette; original featurette; deleted scenes; bonus previews; talent files. 122 min. DVD 6920; vhs 999:403
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Gods and Generals (2003)
Directed by Ronald F. Maxwell. Cast: Jeff Daniels, Stephen Lang, Robert Duvall, Mira Sorvino, Kevin Conway, C. Thomas Howell, Frankie Faison, Jeremy London, Bruce Boxleitner. Presents the story of three bold men and three fateful Civil War battles. Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (1828-1914) left behind a quiet life and a career as a college professor to fight for the Union. Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson (1824-1863) was a man of great religious faith who served in the defense of the Confederacy. And Gen. Robert E. Lee (1807-1870), who led the Confederate army, was a man who was forced to choose between his loyalty to the United States and his love of the Southern States where he was born and raised. Chamberlain, Jackson, and Lee are followed through the declaration of war and the battles at Manassas, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville. 219 min. DVD 1773
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Beck, Roy. "Gods and Generals: Roy Beck considers the historical and moral dimensions of the latest attempt to put Jackson, and the American Civil War itself, on the big screen. (Cross Current).(Movie Review)." History Today 53.2 (Feb 2003): 36(2). UC users only
Buscombe, Edward. "Gods and Generals.(Movie Review)." Sight and Sound 13.9 (Sept 2003): 50(2).
Feld, Bruce. Film Journal International, Mar2003, Vol. 106 Issue 3, p106, 2p UC users only
Niemi, Robert. "Gods and Generals." In: History in the media : film and television Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, c2006. (MAIN: PN1995.9.H5 N54 2006)
Sharrett, Christopher. "Gods and Generals." Cineaste, Summer2003, Vol. 28 Issue 3, p36, 3p UC users only
Winchell, Mark Royden. "The Cause of Us All: Ronald Maxwell's Gods and Generals and Gettysburg." In: God, man, and Hollywood : politically incorrect cinema from "The birth of a nation" to "The Passion of the Christ" Wilmington, Del. : ISI Books, c2008. Main; PFA PN1995.9.S6 W53 2008)
Woodworth, Steven E. "Gods and Generals.(Movie Review)." Journal of American History 90.3 (Dec 2003): 1123(2). UC users only

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)
Director, John Sturges. Cast: Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Rhonda Fleming, Jo Van Fleet, John Ireland. Based on historical events in Tombstone, Arizona this film explores the relationship between two of the West's most celebrated legends -- Wyatt Earp (1848-1929) and Doc Holliday (1851-1887). When Earp saves Holliday from mob violence, the foes become friends and join forces to rid the West of the Clanton gang, which culminates in the legendary gunfight. 122 min. DVD X902
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Blake, Michael F. Hollywood and the O.K. Corral : portrayals of the gunfight and Wyatt Earp Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2007. (MAIN: PN1995.9.W4 B583 2007)
Cohen, Hubert I. "Wyatt Earp at the O. K. Corral: Six Versions." The Journal of American Culture. Jun 2003. Vol. 26, Iss. 2; p. 204 (20 pages) UC users only
Hutton, Paul Andrew. "Showdown at the Hollywood Corral: Wyatt Earp and the Movies." Montana: The Magazine of Western History , Vol. 45, No. 3, Popular Culture Issue (Summer, 1995), pp. 2-31 UC users only
Simmon, Scott. "Concerning the Weary Legs of Wyatt Earp: The Classic Western According to Shakespeare." Literature/Film Quarterly. 1996. Vol. 24, Iss. 2; pg. 114, 14 pgsUC users only

I Shot Jesse James (1949)
Directed by Samuel Fuller. Cast: Preston Foster, Barbara Britton, John Ireland, Reed Hadley, J. Edward Bromberg, Victor Kilian. After years of crime reporting and writing pulp novels and screenplays, Samuel Fuller made his directorial debut with the lonesome ballad of Robert Ford (1862 - 1892) who fatally betrayed his friend, the notorious Jesse James (1847 - 1882). 81 min. DVD 8207
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I Will Fight No More Forever (1975)
David Wolper Productions. Cast: James Whitmore, Ned Romero, Sam Elliott. Dramatization of the story of Chief Joseph (1840-1904) of the Nez Perce Indians and his efforts to free his people. 109 min. Video/C 2257
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Indecent Acts(UK, 1995)
Director, William Parry. In 1895, Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), the most famous writer of the victorian age, was found guilty of homosexual crimes and sentenced to two years hard labor. This film, through readings and reconstruction of the courtroom scene, contrasts the treatment that Wilde suffered with that of contemporary gay sex offenders. 54 min. Video/C 6337

The importance of reinventing Oscar : versions of Wilde during the last 100 years / edited by Uwe Boker, Richard Corballis, ... Amsterdam ; New York : Rodopi, 2002. (Main Stack PR5824.I466 2002)
Waldrep, Shelton. "The Uses and Misuses of Oscar Wilde." In: Victorian afterlife : postmodern culture rewrites the nineteenth century / John Kucich and Dianne F. Sadoff, editors. pp:49-63. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2000. (Main Stack PR461.V5 2000)

Jesse James (1939)
Directed by Henry King. Cast: Tyrone Power, Henry Fonda, Nancy Kelly, Randolph Scott. Western adventure mixing romanticized legend with fact to form a biography of one of America's most popular "bad guys" [Jesse James, 1847 - 1882). 106 min. DVD X455
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The Judge and the Assassin (Le juge et l'assassin) (France, 1975)
Directed by Bertrand Tavernier. Cast: Philippe Noiret, Isabelle Huppert, Michel Galabru, Jean-Claude Brialy. France, 1893. Joseph Bouvier, a former Sergeant in the French military, shoots his beloved and attempts to kill himself. Having survived with two bullets in his brain, he is released from the Dole medical facility, a place of mental and physical filthiness. Then begins a five-year period of wandering on the roads of the South East of France, during which Bouvier rapes and eventually kills two dozen defenseless shepherds and farm servants of both sexes. Judge Rousseau thinks this case would help his career as a right wing politician and therefore issues warrants of arrests to find any hobo fitting the description. But if Bouvier was declared insane, the Judge's plan may become a trap... Based on the career, trial and execution of Joseph Vacher, at whose trial the judge was Émile Fourquet. 121 min.DVD X6011
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The Last Confederate: The Story of Robert Adams (aka Strike the Tent) (2005)
Directed by A. Blaine Miller and Julian Adams. Cast: Julian Adams, Gwendolyn Edwards, Amy Redford, Eric Holloway, Joshua Lindsey, Tippi Hedren, Bob Dorian, Mickey Rooney. Robert Adams is a strong-willed southern captain, in the midst of the American Civil War, whose leadership and heart of fire rally his men to fight for their land. Filled with passion, blood, and tragedy, this is a true story of one man's love for his country and for Eveline McCord, his beloved from the North. 96 min. DVD 8127
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The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
Directed by William Dieterle. Cast: Paul Muni, Gale Sondergaard, Joseph Schildkraut, Gloria Holden, Donald Crisp, Erin O'Brien Moore, Henry O'Neill, Morris Carnovsky, Louis Calhern. Explores the career of the novelist Emile Zola (1840-1902) who championed the cause of France's oppressed. History knows Emile Zola as the lone man who cried out, "I accuse!," in the famous Dreyfus Case where the French army deliberately persecuted an innocent Jew. 117 min. DVD 6805; vhs 999:2864
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Awards & Honors

Academy Award - Best Picture; Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Joseph Schildkraut)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Film; Best Actor
National Film Registry Selection

Herman, Felicia. "Hollywood, Nazism, and the Jews, 1933-1941." American Jewish History, 2001, Vol. 89 Issue 1, p61-89, 29p UC users only
"The Life of Emile Zola." Film & History; May1971, Vol. 1 Issue 2, p4-4UC users only
Robé, Chris. "Taking Hollywood Back: The Historical Costume Drama, the Biopic, and Popular Front U.S. Film Criticism: The French Resistance: William Dieterle: Left Superstar." Cinema Journal 48, Number 2, Winter 2009 UC users only
Shindler, Colin. "Foreign Affairs." In: Hollywood in crisis : cinema and American society, 1929-1939 / Colin Shindler. London ; New York : Routledge, 1996. pp: 197-199. (Full text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1993.5.U65 S52 1996)

Ludwig II (West Germany, 1955)
Director, Helmut Kautner. Cast: O.W. Fischer, Ruth Leuwerik, Marianne Koch, Paul Bildt. A dramatization of the tragic life of Bavaria's King Ludwig II (1845-1886), from his ascension to the throne to his early death in 1886. 110 min. vhs 999:2962
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Mayerling (1936)
Directed by Anatole Litvak. Cast: Charles Boyer, Danielle Darrieux, Marthe Régnier, Yolande Laffon, Suzy Prim, Gina Manès, Odette Talazac, Nane Germon, Assia Noris, Ribès, Gabrielle Dorziat, Jean Dax, Debucourt, Andrè Dubosc, René Bergeron, Sokoloff. A young baron's daughter (Baronesse Marie Alexandrine Vetsera)(1871-1889) begins a tumultuous affair with an Archduke (Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria) (1858-1889) that is heir to the Austrian throne. Based on the true story of the tragic events surrounding the life of Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria and Baroness Mary Vetsera. Based on the novel Idyll's end, by Claude Anet. 93 min. DVD X2846
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My Darling Clementine (1946)
Directed by John Ford. Cast: Henry Fonda, Linda Darnell, Victor Mature, Cathy Downs, Walter Brennan, Tim Holt, Cathy Downs. Wyatt Earp (1848-1929) becomes Marshal of Tombstone in order to avenge the murder of his youngest brother. He is helped by Clementine, "Doc" Holliday (1851-1887) and Chihuahua and finally kills old man Clanton and his sons in a gunfight at the O.K. Corral. 117 min. DVD 2290
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Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Barra, Allen. "Hollywood Gunfighter." In: Inventing Wyatt Earp : his life and many legends / Allen Barra. New York : Carroll & Graf Publishers, c1998. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; and Bancroft F786.E18 B371 1998)
Blake, Michael F. Hollywood and the O.K. Corral : portrayals of the gunfight and Wyatt Earp Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2007. (MAIN: PN1995.9.W4 B583 2007)
Cohen, Hubert I. "Wyatt Earp at the O. K. Corral: Six Versions." The Journal of American Culture. Jun 2003. Vol. 26, Iss. 2; p. 204 (20 pages) UC users only
Gallafent, Edward. "Four tombstones 1946-1994." In: The book of westerns / edited by Ian Cameron and Douglas Pye. New York : Continuum, 1996. (Main Stack PN1995.9.W4.B66 1996; Moffitt PN1995.9.W4.B66 1996; Bancroft PN1995.9.W4.B66 1996)
Hutton, Paul Andrew. "Showdown at the Hollywood Corral: Wyatt Earp and the Movies." Montana: The Magazine of Western History , Vol. 45, No. 3, Popular Culture Issue (Summer, 1995), pp. 2-31 UC users only
Rainey, Buck. "Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp." In: Western gunslingers in fact and on film : Hollywood's famous lawmen and outlaws / by Buck Rainey. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Company, c1998. (Bancroft PN1995.9.W4 R35 1997)
Simmon, Scott. "Concerning the Weary Legs of Wyatt Earp: The Classic Western According to Shakespeare." Literature/Film Quarterly. 1996. Vol. 24, Iss. 2; pg. 114, 14 pgsUC users only

The Outlaw (1943)
Directed by Howard Hughes. Cast: Jack Beutel, Jane Russell, Walter Huston, Thomas Mitchell. Howard Hughes shocked the film world with this high-voltage western adventure that featured the steamy screen debut of voluptuous Jane Russell. The first release of the film in 1941 caused so much indignation that the picture was withdrawn for over five years before its general release. Presents a provocative retelling of the sagebrush saga of Billy the Kid (1859-1881) and Doc Holliday (1851-1887)- and their heated rivalry for the love of the sultry Rio - explodes in a gripping and unforgettable climax as their fateful destinies collide with the legendary Sheriff Pat Garrett (1850-1908). 117 min. DVD 1296
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Leff, Leonard J. "The Outlaw and The Postman Always Rings Twice." In: The dame in the kimono : hollywood, censorship, and the production code Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, c2001. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1995.62 .L4 2001)
Skinner, James M. "The Tussle with Russell: 'The Outlaw' as a Landmark in American Film." North Dakota Quarterly; 1981 49(1): 4-12, 9p.
Wittern-Keller, Laura. "The First Amendment Resurfaces, 1946-1950." In: Freedom of the screen : legal challenges to state film censorship, 1915-1981 / Laura Wittern-Keller. Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, c2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.62 .W58 2008)

The Prisoner of Shark Island (1936)
Director, John Ford. Cast: Warner Baxter, Gloria Stuart, John Carradine, Claude Gillingwater, Arthur Byron, Harry Carey, Francis McDonald. The story of Dr. Samuel Mudd (1833-1883), the physician who was tried and convicted for treating the injured John Wilkes Booth following Abraham Lincoln's assassination. Mudd was imprisoned in Fort Jefferson on Dry Tortugas Island where he treated prisoners stricken with yellow fever until his eventual release. 96 min. DVD 9369
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Red Psalm (Még kér a nép)(Hungary, 1972)
Directed by Miklós Jancsó. Cast: Andrea Ajtony, Andras Ambrus, Lajos Balazsovits, Andras Balint. Recounts the story of a peasant uprising on an estate in Hungary in the 1890s. The pacifistic peasants, who seek some basic rights, are in a standoff with local authorities and later, the army. Everyone takes a break in the confrontation in order to celebrate a festival. Afterwards, the peasants resume their strike and meet with a tragic end. 81 min. DVD X7202
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Rhodes (1996)
A biography of Cecil Rhodes (1853-1902) who arrived in Africa at the age of eighteen to join the diamond rush but soon conceived another ambition: to bring the entire land under British rule. By the time he was thirty, Rhodes was one of the wealthiest men in the world and ten years later, a new country had been created and named for him, Rhodesia. A candid vision of the birth of apartheid, and the bitter wars that divided a country and devastated its people. Originally produced for PBS television in 1996. 336 min. Video/C 5519

Burns, James. "Biopics and Politics: The Making and Unmaking of the Rhodes Movies." Biography 2000 23(1): 108-126. UC users only

September Dawn (2006)
Directed by Christopher Cain. Cast: Jon Voight, Trent Ford, Tamara Hope, Jon Gries, Taylor Handley, Huntley Ritter, Krisinda Cain, Shaun Johnston, Lolita Davidovich, Dean Cain, Terence Stamp. Takes an up-close look at the devastation wrought by religious fanaticism and set against the backdrop of the 1857 Mountain Meadows Massacre. As a wagon train of westward-bound settlers makes its way across southern Utah, a confrontation with a congregation of Mormons soon leads to deadly consequences for all involved. Centered on the massacre, which continues to stir controversy over a century and a half after the fact. 111 min. DVD 9324
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Hangen, Tona J. "September Dawn." Journal of American History, Jun2008, Vol. 95 Issue 1, p288-288 UC users only

Sissi (Austria, 1955)
Director, Ernst Marischka. Cast: Romy Schneider, Karlheinz Bohm, Magda Schneider, Gustav Knuth, Josef Meinrad, Vilma Degischer. "Sixteen year old princess Elisabeth, 'Sissi' (1837-1898), follows her mother and sister Helene to the Austrian court in Ischl, where the engagement between Helene and the young emperor Franz Josef (1830-1916) will be announced. But he meets Sissi when she's out fishing and falls in love with her. Sissi loves Franz Josef but a marriage with him comes with a bonus, his arrogant and headstrong mother." [Internet Movie Database] 101 min. vhs 999:300
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Carter, Erica. " Sissi the Terrible: Melodrama, Victimhood, and Imperial Nostalgia in the Sissi Trilogy." In: Screening war : perspectives on German suffering / edited by Paul Cooke and Marc Silberman. Rochester, N.Y. : Camden House, 2010. (Main (Gardner) Stacks D743.23 .S37 2010)

The Tall Target (1951)
Directed by Anthony Mann. Cast: Dick Powell, Paula Raymond, Adolphe Menjou, Marshall Thompson, Ruby Dee, Richard Rober, Leif Erickson, Will Geer, Florence Bates. The story of a plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln as he travels on the Ohio & Baltimore Railway to his inauguration in 1861. A discredited detective tries in the face of disbelief to foil the plotters, who hate the President's policies. 78 min. DVD X6571
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They Died with Their Boots On (1981)
Directed by Raoul Walsh. Cast: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Arthur Kennedy, Charley Grapewin, Gene Lockhart, Anthony Quinn, Stanley Ridges, John Litel, Walter Hampden, Sydney Greenstreet, Regis Toomey, Hattie McDaniel. Tells the story of General George Armstrong Custer (1839 - 1876)from the time he enters West Point military academy, through the American Civil War and finally to his last days in the battle of Little Big Horn (June 25-26, 1876). 117 min. DVD 4019
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Aleiss, Angela. "Prelude to World War II: racial unity and the Hollywood Indian." Journal of American Culture 1995, Vol. 18 Issue 2, p25-34, 10p UC users only
Hutton, Paul Andrew. "'Correct in Every Detail': General Custer in Hollywood." Montana: The Magazine of Western History, Vol. 41, No. 1 (Winter, 1991), pp. 28-57 UC users only
Kraft, Louis. "Custer The Truth Behind the Silver Screen." American History, Feb2008, Vol. 42 Issue 6, p26-33, 8p UC users only
Niemi, Robert. "They Died with Their Boots On." In: History in the media : film and television Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, c2006. (MAIN: PN1995.9.H5 N54 2006)
Pearson, Roberta E. "Custer's Still the Hero: Textual Stability and Transformation." Journal of Film & Video; Spring-Fall95, Vol. 47 Issue 1-3, p82-97, 16p UC users only

Tom Horn(1980)
Directed by William Wiard. Cast: Steve McQueen, Linda Evans, Richard Farnsworth, Slim Pickens, Billy Green Bush. A recreation of Horn's latter-day career in the turn-of-the-century West. A renowned former army scout, he is hired by ranchers to hunt down rustlers but finds himself on trial for the murder of a boy when he carries out his job too well. Tom Horn (1860 - 1903) finds that the simple skills he knows are of no help in dealing with the ambitions of ranchers and corrupt officials as progress marches over him and the old West. Based on Life of Tom Horn: Governement Scout and Interpreter. Written by Himself. 98 min. vhs 999:3882
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Tombstone (1993)
Directed by George P. Cosmatos. Cast: Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Michael Biehn, Powers Boothe, Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton, Jason Priestley, Charlton Heston. Presents the life and times of the famous cowboys Marshall Wyatt Earp (1848-1929), and Doc Holliday (1851-1887) as they team up to bring law to the lawless in a showdown with ruthless outlaws at the O.K. Corral, located at the outskirts of Tombstone, Arizona. 130 min. DVD 2290
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Barra, Allen. "Hollywood Gunfighter." In: Inventing Wyatt Earp : his life and many legends / Allen Barra. New York : Carroll & Graf Publishers, c1998. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; and Bancroft F786.E18 B371 1998)
Blake, Michael F. Hollywood and the O.K. Corral : portrayals of the gunfight and Wyatt Earp Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2007. (MAIN: PN1995.9.W4 B583 2007)
Cohen, Hubert I. "Wyatt Earp at the O. K. Corral: Six Versions." The Journal of American Culture. Jun 2003. Vol. 26, Iss. 2; p. 204 (20 pages) UC users only
Gallafent, Edward. "Four tombstones 1946-1994." In: The book of westerns / edited by Ian Cameron and Douglas Pye. New York : Continuum, 1996. (Main Stack PN1995.9.W4.B66 1996; Moffitt PN1995.9.W4.B66 1996; Bancroft PN1995.9.W4.B66 1996)
Hughes, Howard. "'I'm Your Huckleberry' - 'Tombstone' (1993)." In: Stagecoach to tombstone : the filmgoers' guide to the great westerns / Howard Hughes. London ; New York : I.B. Tauris ; 2008. (Full-text available online [UCB users only]; print Moffitt PN1995.9.W4 H833 2008)
Hutton, Paul Andrew. "Showdown at the Hollywood Corral: Wyatt Earp and the Movies." Montana: The Magazine of Western History , Vol. 45, No. 3, Popular Culture Issue (Summer, 1995), pp. 2-31 UC users only
Keller, Alexandra. "Historical Discourse and American Identity in Westerns since the Reagan Administration." Film & History, 2003, Vol. 33 Issue 1, p47-54, 8p UC users only
Luhr, William. "The scarred woman behind the gun: gender, race, and history in recent westerns: Tombstone (1993) and The unforgiven (1992)." Bilingual Review, January/April 1995, Vol. 20, p37-44, 8p UC users only
McReynolds, Douglas J. "Alive and well: Western myth in western movies." Literature/Film Quarterly. 1998. Vol. 26, Iss. 1; pg. 46, 7 pgs UC users only
Rainey, Buck. "Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp." In: Western gunslingers in fact and on film : Hollywood's famous lawmen and outlaws / by Buck Rainey. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Company, c1998. (Bancroft PN1995.9.W4 R35 1997)
Simmon, Scott. "Concerning the Weary Legs of Wyatt Earp: The Classic Western According to Shakespeare." Literature/Film Quarterly. 1996. Vol. 24, Iss. 2; pg. 114, 14 pgs UC users only

Topsy-turvy (UK, 1999)
Directed by Mike Leigh. Cast: Jim Broadbent, Allan Corduner, Timothy Spall, Lesley Manville, Ron Cook, Wendy Nottingham, Kevin McKidd, Shirley Henderson, Dorothy Atkinson, Martin Savage, Eleanor David. Tensions abound and the music swells in the story about the famous musical team of William Schwenck Gilbert (1836 - 1911) and Arthur Seymour Sullivan (1842 - 1900). The two men who were extremely different in size and stature were even more different in temperament and style. Yet, they still managed to create memorable theater. This is the story of the making of one of their most famous collaborations, The Mikado. 161 min. DVD 5476
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Viva Zapata! (1952)
Directed by Elia Kazan. Cast: Marlon Brando, Jean Peters, Anthony Quinn. Emiliano Zapata (1879-1919), an ally of Pancho Villa (1878 - 1923), leads the Mexican peasants in a bloody revolt to overthrow a cruel dictator, Diaz. His revolt triumphs, but each successive leader is no better than Diaz. Even Zapata himself ultimately fails as he tragically experiences the corruption of power and the deceit of politicians. vhs 999:776
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Wilde (UK / Germany / Japan, 1997)
Directed by Brian Gilbert. Cast: Stephen Fry, Jude Law, Vanessa Redgrave, Tom Wilkinson, Jennifer Ehle, Gemma Jones, Judy Parfitt. Notorious poet and playwright Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) devours all that life has to offer, but there's only so much that late Victorian England will tolerate. As Wilde delves into a taboo world of unrealized homosexual desire, his life rapidly becomes a turbulent charade. He cannot escape the repercussions wrought by a "pure" society, nor will he hide in shame for being true to his nature. 116 min. DVD X4334
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Dickinson, Peter. "Oscar Wilde: Reading the Life after the Life." Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, vol. 28, no. 3, pp. 414-32, Summer 2005 UC users only
Holland, Merlin. "The Film Wilde: A Wasted Opportunity?." Wildean: The Journal of the Oscar Wilde Society. 12: 30-33. 1998 Jan.
The importance of reinventing Oscar : versions of Wilde during the last 100 years / edited by Uwe Boker, Richard Corballis, ... Amsterdam ; New York : Rodopi, 2002. (Main Stack PR5824.I466 2002)
Kauffmann, Stanley. "In A Different Light." New Republic; 05/18/98, Vol. 218 Issue 20, p24-25, 2p UC users only
Medhurst, Andy. "Licensed to cheek." Sight & Sound, Oct97, Vol. 7 Issue 10, p27-35, 4p UC users only
Porton, Richard. "The actor as critic: An interview with Stephen Fry." Cineaste; 1998, Vol. 23 Issue 4, p8, 5p UC users only
Rose, David. "Wilde." Irish Studies Review; Apr98, Vol. 6 Issue 1, p98, 2p UC users only
Rose, David. "Wilde." Irish Studies Review; Apr98, Vol. 6 Issue 1, p98, 2p UC users only
Waldrep, Shelton. "The Uses and Misuses of Oscar Wilde." In: Victorian afterlife : postmodern culture rewrites the nineteenth century / John Kucich and Dianne F. Sadoff, editors. pp:49-63. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2000. (Main Stack PR461.V5 2000)

Young Buffalo Bill (1940)
Directed by Joseph Kane. Cast: Roy Rogers, George "Gabby" Hayes, Pauline Moore, Hugh Sothern, Chief Thundercloud, Iron Eyes Cody. Young Buffalo Bill was one of a brief series of Roy Rogers "historical westerns" of the early 1940s. Per the title, Rogers plays the youthful Bill Cody (1846-1917), here depicted as an assistant land surveyor in old New Mexico. The villains plot to get their hands on valuable mineral deposits in the region, and to that end enlist the aid of a hostile Indian tribe. But Young Buffalo Bill saves the day, with a bit of assistance from the ever-on-time US Cavalry. 153 min. DVD 5100; also DVD 9362
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Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
Directed by John Ford. Cast: Henry Fonda, Alice Brady, Marjorie Weaver, Arleen Whelan. Ten formative years in the life of one of America's greatest statesmen are brought vividly to the screen by Henry Fonda in this fictionalized biography of Abraham Lincoln's (1809-1865) early years as a lawyer in Springfield, Ill. 137 min. DVD 5100; also DVD 9362
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"Abraham Lincoln." In: The Columbia companion to American history on film : how the movies have portrayed the American past / edited by Peter C. Rollins. New York : Columbia University Press, c2003. (Media Center PN1995.9.U64.C65 2003; Doe Refe PN1995.9.U64.C65 2003; Moffitt PN1995.9.U64.C65 2003; PFA PN1995.9.U64.C65 2003)
Pipolo, Tony. "Hero or Demagogue? Images of Lincoln in American Film." Cineaste, vol. 35, no. 1, pp. 14-21, 2009 Winter UC users only

The Young Victoria (UK | USA, 2009)
Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. Cast: Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson, Jim Broadbent, Thomas Kretschmann, Mark Strong, Jesper Christensen, Harriet Walter. Chronicles the life and times of Queen Victoria (1819-1901) from her childhood to her early rise to power and the first turbulent years of her rule. Her romantic relationship and eventual marriage to Prince Albert (1819-1861) culminates in a royal power struggle which ultimately is the key to her happiness when she comes to the realization that he is someone she can fully trust and believe in. Special features: Deleted & extended scenes; Making of the Young Victoria featurette; The Real Queen Victoria featurette; The Coronation featurette; The Wedding featurette; Lavish History: A look at the costumes and locations. 105 min. DVD X3179
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Zulu (UK, 1965)
Directed by Cy Endfield. Cast: Stanley Baker, Michael Caine, Jack Hawkins, Ulla Jacobsson, James Booth, Nigel Green; forward narrated by Richard Burton. In this drama based on the Zulu War of 1879 a handful of British engineers entrench themselves in an isolated outpost in Natal called Rorke's Drift and prepare to face a series of vicious assaults by more than 4,000 Zulu warriors (1879). 139 min. DVD 6831; vhs 999:2721
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Chapman, James. "Men of Harlech: Zulu (1964)." In: Past and present : national identity and the British historical film. London ; New York : I.B. Tauris; Palgrave Macmillan, 2005. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.N352 C43 2005
Hall, Sheldon. "Monkey Feathers: Defending Zulu (1964)." In: British historical cinema : the history, heritage and costume film / edited by Claire Monk and Amy Sargeant. London ; New York : Routledge, 2002. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1995.9.H5 B75 2002)
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Zulu Dawn (USA / South Africa / Netherlands, 1979)
Directed by Douglas Hickox. Cast: Burt Lancaster, Peter O'Toole, Sir John Mills, Simon Ward, Denholm Elliott, Anna Calder-Marshall, Ronald Pickup, Bob Hoskins. This prequel to the motion picture "Zulu" recounts the true story of the defeat of the British forces at the hands of a 25,000 strong and relentlessly determined Zulu army (1879). 113 min. DVD 9670
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Niemi, Robert. "Zulu Dawn." In: History in the media : film and television Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, c2006. (MAIN: PN1995.9.H5 N54 2006)
Kohn, Nate. "Hail the conquering hero!" Visual Anthropology; 1996, Vol. 9 Issue 1, p41-51, 11p

Fictional Films Set in this time period

Burn! (Queimada) (Italy / France, 1969) DVD 4642; vhs 999:1205
The Emigrants (Utvandrarna) (Sweden, 1971) vhs 999:1478
The Forsyte Saga (UK, 2002) DVD 2446
Four Feathers (2002) DVD 3325
The Gangs of New York (2002)DVD 1641
Hester Street (1975) DVD 3372; vhs 999:666
Germinal (Belgium / France / Italy, 1993) vhs 999:3286
The Iron Horse (1924) vhs 999:3502
The Leopard (Il Gattopardo) (Italy / France, 1963) DVD 1498
Molly McGuires (1970) DVD 8445
The New Land (Nybyggarna) (Sweden, 1972) vhs 999:1479
The Prestige (2006) DVD X3184
Senso (Italy, 1954) vhs 999:1551
Sibirskiy tsiryulnik (Russia / France / Italy / Czech Republic, 1998) DVD 8988
Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake (1942) DVD 8306
Vera Cruz (1954) DVD X5690; vhs 999:3881
Wee Willie Winkie (1937) DVD 9363
A Woman Rebels (1936) DVD X2177
See also: Westerns

Civil War and Antebellum South

Band of Angels (1957) vhs 999:2231
Beloved (1998)vhs 999:2288
Birth of a Nation (1915) DVD 1541; vhs 999:1685-1686
Cold Mountain (2003) DVD 2777
Friendly Persuasion (1956) DVD 5562
The General (1927) DVD 112; vhs 999:58
Gone With The Wind (1939) DVD 3133; vhs 999:142
Jezebel (1938) DVD 1468
The Little Colonel (1935) DVD 6039; vhs 999:2031
The Littlest Rebel (1935) DVD 6038; vhs 999:1359
Mandingo (1975) vhs 999:3479
NightJohn (1996) vhs 999:2925
Ride with the Devil (1999) DVD 1157
Song of the South (1946) DVD 2767; vhs 999:2084
Way Down South (1939) DVD 5090
See also: Civil War films

1900 - 1920

120 (Turkey, 2008)
Directors: Özhan Eren, Murat Saraçoglu. Cast: Özge Özberk, Burak Sergen, Cansel Elçin, Demir Karahan, Ahmet Uz, Emin Olcay. Based on a true story. In 1914, during the Battle of Sarıkamş, the Ottoman Army runs out of ammunition and appeals to the people of Van for help. But all of the men are off fighting World War I and cannot respond to the appeal. Instead, at the suggestion of their principal, 120 schoolboys aged 12 to 17 volunteer to take ammunition to Sarıkamş. The movie tells the story of these boys, and of the mothers and sisters who are left behind waiting for their return.117 min. DVD X5911
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10,000 Black Men Named George (2002)
Director, Robert Townsend. Cast: Andre Braugher, Karen Eyo, Charles S. Dutton, Mario Van Peebles, Ardon Bess, Carla Brothers, Kedar Brown, Amanda Brugel, Joel Gordon. A dramatization of the true story of the formation of the first black-controlled union, the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. Asa Philip Randolph (1889-1979), a black journalist establishes a voice for the forgotten workers of the Pullman Rail Company, where all black porters were simply named "George", after George Pullman, the first person to employ emancipated slaves. 95 in. DVD 1850
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Anastasia (1956)
Directed by Anatole Litvak. Cast: Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner, Helen Hayes, Akim Tamiroff, Martita Hunt, Felix Aylmer, Sacha Pitoeff, Ivan Desny, Natalie Schafer, Gregoire Gromoff, Karel Stepanek, Ina de la Haye, Katherine Kath. An expatriate White Russian general sets in motion a grand hoax after he meets a destitute woman on the banks of the Seine River in Paris. He is amazed at her resemblance to Anastasia (1901-1918), the youngest daughter of Czar Nicholas of Russia (1868-1918), rumored to have somehow survived the Bolsheviks' execution of the Romanoff family in 1918. He trains her to impersonate the missing princess but soon begins to feel she may be the real Anastasia. Ultimately, the truth can only be decided by one person--Anastasia's grandmother, the Dowager Empress. 104 min. DVD 3518
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And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (2003)
Directed by Bruce Beresford. Cast: Antonio Banderas, Eion Bailey, Matt Day, Michael McKean, Colm Feore, Alexa Davalos, Anthony Stewart Head, Alan Arkin, Jim Broadbent. The true story of how Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa (1878-1923) allowed a Hollywood crew to film him in battle, altering the course of film and military history in the process. Early movie giants D.W. Griffin and Harry Aiken send Frank Thayer to Mexico to persuade the cash-strapped, publicity-hungry Villa to let them film his revolution. Stepping into the literal cross fire, Thayer's crew risk their lives in the mingling of fiction and reality. The two make their movie and its original U.S. release helps change public opinion in Villa's favor and proves "the lens is mightier than the sword". 111 min. DVD 2682
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The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982)
Directed by Robert M. Young. Cast: Edward James Olmos, James Gammon, Tom Bower. On June 12, 1901, Gregorio Cortez (1875 - 1916), a young Mexican family man, shoots and kills a sheriff in self-defense. For the next 11 days, he eludes an inflamed posse of 600 Texas Rangers in a 450 mile chase across Texas. His manhunt captures the nation's interest and his eventual trial is tainted by the extreme emotions of the country. DVD X1448; vhs 999:252
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Battleship Potemkin (Bronenosets Potemkin) (Soviet Union, 1925)
Director, Sergei M. Eisenstein. Thanks to the success of his earlier Strike, director Sergei Eisenstein was commissioned by the Soviet government to make a film commemorating the Uprising of 1905. Eisenstein's scenario, boiled down from what was to have been a multipart epic of the occasion, focussed on the crew of the Battleship Potemkin. Fed up with the extreme cruelties of their officers-and their maggot -- ridden meat rations -- the sailors stage a violent mutiny. This, in turn, sparks an abortive citizen revolt against the Czarist regime. The film's centerpiece is stage upon the Odessa Steps, where in 1905 the Czar's Cossacks methodically shot down and hacked up rioters and innocent bystanders alike. To Eisenstein, this single bloody incident was the chrysalis of the successful 1917 Bolshevik revolution; thus, he poured his heart and soul into the Odessa Steps episode. The result was what many film historians consider the most famous sequence ever filmed; it is certainly one of the most imitated, as witness Brian DePalma's The Untouchables (1987). This triumph of Eisenstein's "rhythmical editing" technique is in the middle of film; it is not the climax, as many who've never seen Potemkin automatically assume. Incredibly, the sequence is actually topped by Eisenstein's jubilant finale, wherein the sailors of Imperial Navy, in solidarity with their comrades, disregard orders to fire upon the Potemkin. Their pivotal decision is symbolized by the legendary "waking lions" montage (Eisenstein isn't too subtle, but boy was he effective!) The two major sequences in Battleship Potemkin can still bring an audience to its feet even when taken out of context. Considering the intensity of their performances, it is astonishing to learn that all the actors in the film were amateurs, selected by Eisenstein because of "rightness" for roles. Pictorial quality varies from print to print, but even in a duped-down version, Battleship Potemkin is must-see cinema. [Hal Erickson, All-Movie Guide) 74 min. DVD 8673; DVD 7; vhs 999:1103; PFA VHS print with Russian intertitles vhs 999:1102
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Beginning of the Great Revival (The Founding of a Party) (China, 2011)
Directors, Sanping Han, Jianxin Huang. Cast: Liu Ye, Feng Yuanzheng, Chow Yun-Fat, Li Chen, Andy Lau, Chen Chang, Li Qin, Chen Kun, Chen Daoming, Zhao Benshan, Daniel Wu, Lee-Hom Wong, Zhou Xun, Angela Baby. A dramatic renactment chronicling the historical events between 1911 and 1921 that led to the founding of the Chinese Communist Party. 124 min. DVD X6892
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Breaker Morant (Australia, 1979)
Directed by Bruce Beresford. Cast: Edward Woodward, Jack Thompson, John Waters, Bryan Brown. Following the brutal death of a British captain in the Boer War in South Africa in 1901, Lt. Harry Morant leads his unit in pursuit of the Boers, attacks their camp, and has a captive executed. Other executions and deaths lead to the arrest and trial of Morant and two other lieutenants in this dramatization based on true events. 102 min. DVD X2236; vhs 999:1951
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Bryant, Hallman B. "'Breaker' Morant In Fact, Fiction, and Film." Literature Film Quarterly, 1987, Vol. 15 Issue 3, p138, 8pUC users only
Heung, Marina. "Breaker Morant and the Melodramatic Treatment of History." Film Criticism, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 3-13, January 1984 UC users only
Jolly, Roslyn. "'Frontier Behaviour' and Imperial Power in Breaker Morant." Journal of Commonwealth Literature, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 125-39, 1997
Kirschke, James J "Say Who Made Her So: "Breaker Morant" and British Empire." Film & History 38:2 (Fall 2008) p. 45-53 UC users only
Mortimer, Lorraine. "The soldier, the shearer and the mad man: Horizons of community in some Australian films." Literature Film Quarterly, 1993, Vol. 21 Issue 2, p139, 18p UC users only
Niemi, Robert. "Breaker Morant." In: History in the media : film and television Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, c2006. (MAIN: PN1995.9.H5 N54 2006)

Gallipoli (1981)
Director: Peter Weir. Cast: Mel Gibson, Mark Lee, Bill Kerr, Harold Hopkins, Charles Yunipingli, Ron Graham. Two young men in the Australia army in 1915 become part of the legendary World War I confrontation between the German allied Turks and Australia. 111 min. DVD 4839; vhs 999:522
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Iron Jawed Angels (TV, 2004)
Directed by Katja von Garnier. Cast: Hilary Swank, Frances O'Connor, Julia Ormond, Anjelica Huston, Molly Parker, Patrick Dempsey, Laura Fraser, Brooke Smith, Vera Farmiga, Lois Smith, Bob Gunton. Tells the true life stories of Alice Paul (1885-1977) and Lucy Burns (1879 - 1966), two defiant suffragist women who fought for the passage of the 19th Amendment. The two activists broke from the mainstream women's rights movement and created a more radical wing, daring to push the boundaries to secure women's voting rights in 1920. In a country dominated by chauvinism, this was no easy fight. Along the way, sacrifices were made: Alice gave up a chance for love, and collegue Inez Mulholland gave up her life. 123 min. DVD 4040
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Mayhall, Laura E. Nym. "Iron Jawed Angels.(Movie Review)." American Historical Review 109.5 (Dec 2004): 1589(2). UC users only

Joyeux Noël (Merry Christmas) (France / Germany / UK / Belgium | Romania, 2005)
Directed by Christian Carion. Cast: Diane Kruger, Benno Furmann, Guillaume Canet, Gary Lewis, Dany Boon, Daniel Bruhl, Alex Ferns, Steven Robertson, Frank Witter, Bernard Le Coq, Ian Richardson, Lucas Belvaux. Loosely based on true episodes, this film tells the story of German, French, and Scottish soldiers in the bloody trenches of World War I and the miraculous Christmas Eve truce they unexpectedly forge. Follows a French lieutenant, a Scottish priest, and a German tenor and his beloved Danish soprano as music and the spirit of Christmas create bonds between enemies. 116 min. DVD 6644
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Ousselin, Edward. "Joyeux Noël." French Review, Oct2006, Vol. 80 Issue 1, p261-262, 2p
Pelz, William A. "Joyeux Noël." Film & History, Spring2008, Vol. 38 Issue 1, p65-66, 2p UC users only
Toumarkine, Doris. "Joyeux Noel." Film Journal International, Apr2006, Vol. 109 Issue 4, p137-137, 2/3pUC users only

The Last Emperor (China / UK / France / Italy, 1987)
Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. Cast: John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O'Toole, Ying Ruocheng. The epic adventure and true story of Pu Yi (1906-1967), the last Emperor of China, from his ascension to the throne as Emperor Xuan Tong, the 10th Emperor of the Qing Dynasty in 1908, to his rehabilitation and employment by the communists as a guide around his former palace in 1959. 218 min. DVD 213
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Awards

Academy Award - Best Picture; Best Director
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Film
César Awards, France - Best Foreign Film
Directors Guild of America, USA - Outstanding Directorial Achievement
Golden Globes, USA - Best Motion Picture - Drama; Best Director

Lawrence of Arabia (UK, 1962)
Directed by David Lean. Cast: Alec Guinness, Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Anthony Quayle, Claude Rains. The story of T.E. Lawrence (1888-1935)(Peter O'Toole), the heroic and troubled man who organized the Arab nations to fight the Turks in World War I and then, having reached a pinnacle of power in Mideast politics, retired to postwar military obsurity. 129 min. DVD 666; VHS 999:382
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Awards

Academy Award - Best Picture; Best Director
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Film from any Source; Best British Film; Best British Actor (Peter O'Toole)
Directors Guild of America, USA - Outstanding Directorial Achievement
Golden Globes, USA - Best Motion Picture - Drama; Best Director
National Board of Review, USA - Best Director

Francaviglia, Richard V. "Crusaders and Saracens: the persistence of orientalism in historically themed motion pictures about the Middle East." In: Lights, camera, history : portraying the past in film / edited by Richard Francaviglia and Jerry Rodnitzky ; with an introduction by Peter C. Rollins ; contributions by Robert Rosenstone ... [et al.]. 1st ed. College Station : Published for the University of Texas at Arlington by Texas A&M University Press, c2007. (PN1995.2 .L54 2007)

The Lost Battalion (2001)
Director, Russell Mulcahy. Cast: Rick Schroder, Phil McKee, Adam James, Jay Rodan, Daniel Caltagirone, Michael Goldstrom, Rhys Miles Thomas. In the closing days of World War I, the men of the U.S. Army's 77th Division, 308th Battalion were surrounded by German troups in the Argonne Forest. Without food, water or reserve ammunition, cut off from supply and communication lines, and subjected to constant assaults and bombardments, they managed to hold off the enemy until they were finally rescued after five days of desperate action. 100 min. DVD 1210
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Niemi, Robert. "The Lost Battalion." In: History in the media : film and television Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, c2006. (MAIN: PN1995.9.H5 N54 2006)

Madame Curie (1943)
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy. Cast: Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Henry Travers, Albert Basserman, Robert Walker, Reginald Owen, Van Johnson, Margaret O'Brien. Portrayal of Marie Curie (1867-1934) and Pierre Curie (1859 - 1906), partners in life and in their efforts to isolate the radioactive element radium, first discovered by Dr. Becquerel. 126 min. DVD X1048; vhs 999:3613
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Crawford, T. Hugh. "Glowing Dishes: Radium, Marie Curie, and Hollywood." Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly. 23 (1): 71-89. 2000 Winter. UC users only

Matewan(1954)
Directed by John Sayles.Cast: Chris Cooper, James Earl Jones, Mary McDonnell, Will Oldham. Based on true events, a labor leader seeking to organize the workers of a company town sets off a powderkeg of racial hostility, corruption and betrayal in this dramatic retelling of the bitter clash between unionist miners and the tyrannical coal company owners in West Virginia in the 1920's. 100 min. DVD 3720; VHS 999:508
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Michael Collins (UK / Ireland / USA, 1995)
Directed by Neil Jordan. Cast: Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn, Stephen Rea, Alan Rickman, Julia Roberts. A docu-drama of the life of the Irish statesman and revolutionary, Michael Collins (1890 - 1922), who negotiated Ireland's break from England and whose fighting tactics became a model for other 20th century struggles. 133 min. DVD X4009
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My Four Years in Germany (1917)
Directed by William Nigh. A dramatization of the American ambassador to Germany James Gerard's book of World War I German intrigue and cruelties. 123 min. vhs 999:2236
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Nicholas and Alexandra (UK, 1971)
Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner. Cast: Michael Jayston, Janet Suzman, Harry Andrews, Tom Baker, Michael Bryant, Maurice Denham, Jack Hawkins, Ian Holm, Curt Jurgens, John McEnery, Eric Porter, Michael Redgrave, Alan Webb, Irene Worth, Laurence Olivier. The final years of the Russian Tsar and Empress are chronicled in this epic which begins in 1904. Tsar Nicholas II (1868 - 1918) is celebrating the birth of his only son, the heir to the Russian throne. But all is not well in Russia, for it is at war with the Japanese and there is a growing threat of internal revolution. Empress Alexandra, searching for answers to troubles of her own, seeks the advice from the charismatic monk, Rasputin (1869-1916), who, many believe, has power over her. The Bolshevik unrest grows and The Duma, a parliament for the people, demands the Tsar's abdication. The Royal Family is imprisoned and then executed as a new government takes form under Lenin. 189 min. DVD 3519
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A Night to Remember (UK, 1958)
Directed by Roy Baker. Cast: Kenneth More, Honor Blackman, Michael Goodliffe, Kenneth Griffith, David McCallum, Tucker McGuire, John Merivale, Frank Lawton, Laurence Naismith, George Rose. This meticulous re-creation of the sinking of the Titanic was adapted by Eric Ambler from the best-selling book by Walter Lord. The film covers the life and death of the huge vessel from its launching celebration to that fateful night of April 14, 1912, when the "unsinkable" ship struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic. Special features: Audio commentary by Don Lynch and Ken Marschall; the making of "A Night to Remember" (1993), a 60 minute documentary featuring William MacQuitty's rare behind-the-scenes footage; includes original theatrical trailer. 123 min. DVD 8185; also DVD X287
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Chapman, James "Nearer, My God, To Thee: A Night to Remember (1958)." In: Past and present : national identity and the British historical film. London ; New York : I.B. Tauris; Palgrave Macmillan, 2005. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.N352 C43 2005
Geduld, Harry. "Nearer My Wreck to Thee." Humanist; Jul/Aug87, Vol. 47 Issue 4, p45-45, 1p UC users only
Howells, Richard. "Atlantic Crossings: Nation, Class and Identity in Titanic (1953) and A Night to Remember (1958)." Historical Journal of Film, Radio & Television, Oct99, Vol. 19 Issue 4, p421-438, 18p UC users only
Street, Sarah. "Questions of Authenticity and Realism in Night to Remember (1958)." In: The Titanic in myth and memory [electronic resource] : representations in visual and literary culture / edited by Tim Bergfelder and Sarah Street. London : I.B. Tauris, 2004. (Full text available online [UCB users only])

Reds (1981)
Directed by Warren Beatty. Cast: Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Edward Herrmann, Jerzy Kosinski, Paul Sorvino, Maureen Stapleton. The true story of the love affair of John Reed (1887-1920), American Communist, journalist and activist and Louise Bryant (1885 - 1936), writer and feminist. Woven into the story are America's great playwright, Eugene O'Neill, anarchist and feminist, Emma Goldman, Bolshevik leader, Gregory Zinoviev and other notable figures whose lives were shaken by the Russian Revolution. 195 min. DVD 6749; vhs 999:1627
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Awards

Academy Award - Best Director
Directors Guild of America, USA - Outstanding Directorial Achievement
Golden Globes, USA - Best Director
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Director
National Board of Review, USA - Best Film; Best Director
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Film

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Kael, Pauline. "Reds." New Yorker, 12/21/1981, Vol. 57 Issue 44, p126-133, 5p
Kauffmann, Stanley. "Warren Beatty's Triumph." New Republic, 12/16/81, Vol. 185 Issue 24, p26-29, 3p
Rowin, Michael Joshua. "Reds." Cineaste. Summer 2007. Vol. 32, Iss. 3; pg. 76, 3 pgs UC users only
Rosenbaum, J. "Jack Reed's Christmas puppy: reflections on Reds." In: Movies as politics Berkeley : University of California Press, c1997 (online access [UCB only] http://ark.cdlib.org/ark:/13030/ft6r29p15c/; hard copy: MAIN: PN1995.9.P6 R67 1997; MOFF: PN1995.9.P6 R67 1997; PFA : PN1995.9.P6 R67)
Rosenstone, Robert A. "In praise of the biopic." In: Lights, camera, history : portraying the past in film / edited by Richard Francaviglia and Jerry Rodnitzky ; with an introduction by Peter C. Rollins ; contributions by Robert Rosenstone ... [et al.]. 1st ed. College Station : Published for the University of Texas at Arlington by Texas A&M University Press, c2007. (Main Stack PN1995.2.L54 2007)
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Stansell, Christine. "Reds." In: Past imperfect : history according to the movies / general editor, Mark C. Carnes ; edited by Ted Mico, John Miller-Monzon, and David Rubel. New York : H. Holt, 1995. (Main Stack PN1995.9.H5.P37 1995; Moffitt PN1995.9.H5.P37 1995; Compar Ethn PN1995.9.H5.P37 1995)

Reed: Insurgent Mexico (Reed, México Insurgente)(Mexico, 1971)
Directed by Paul Leduc. A dramatization of John Reed's (1887-1920) accounts of the Mexican Revolution depicting the young journalist's adventures with Pancho Villa's army between 1913 and 1914. 104 min. Video/C 999:1195
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Rosa Luxemburg (Czechoslovakia / West Germany, 1986)
Directed by Margarethe von Trotta. Cast: Barbara Sukowa, Daniel Olbrychski, Otto Sander. Dramatization of the life of Rosa Luxemburg (1870 or 1871-1919), a Polish Jewess, who became known as "Red Rosa". She became German through an unconsumated marriage and at the beginning of the century, played an important role in the political and moral fields. She was at the sides of Bebel, Jaures, Lenin during all the major international congresses. She was also an ardent pacifist and spent the greatest part of World War I in prison and was eventually assissinated. 122 min. vhs 999:1197
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Sergeant York (1941)
Directed by Howard Hawks. Cast: Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Joan Leslie, George Tobias, Stanley Ridges. A dramatization of the life of Alvin C. York (1887 - 1964), a man from Tennessee who was torn between his religious pacifism and his patriotic duty during Workd War I, who went on to become the most famous hero of the war after capturing 132 German soldiers during the battle of Argonne. 134 min. DVD X550
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Strike (Stachka) (Soviet Union, 1924)
Directed by Sergei Eisenstein. The first full-length feature project of pantheon Russian filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein, Strike is a government-commissioned celebration of the unrealized 1905 Bolshevik revolution. The story is set in motion by a series of outrages and humiliations perpetrated on the workers of a metalworks plant. The Czarist regime is unsympathetic to the workers, characteristically helping the plant owners to subjugate the hapless victims. Finally, the workers revolt, staging an all-out strike. Here is where Eisenstein's theory of "the montage of shocks" was given its first major workout. While the notion of juxtaposing short, separate images to heighten tension and excitement was not new, Eisenstein was the first to fully understand the value of using sudden-shock images (a bloody face, a fired weapon, a descending club) to make his dramatic and sociological points. Playing to mixed reviews and small audiences in Russia, Strike proved a success worldwide, assuring Eisenstein complete creative freedom on his next project, the immortal Potemkin. (Hal Erickson, All-Movie Guide). 80 min. DVD 353; VHS 999:2100 (94 min., digitally mastered); VHS 999:695
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Ten Days that Shook the World (October = Oktiabr) (Soviet Union, 1928)
Directed by Sergei Eisenstein. Borrowing its title from a book by American communist John Reed (of Reds fame), Sergei Eisenstein's Ten Days That Shook the World reenacts the crucial week-and-a-half in October, 1918, when the Russian Kerensky regime was toppled by the Bolsheviks. While Eisenstein takes certain liberties in characterization--those opposing the Bolsheviks are depicted as mental defectives or grossly overweight clowns--his re-creation of such events as the storming of the Winter Palace are painstakingly meticulous. The "actor" playing Lenin, a nonprofessional worker named Nikandrov, so closely resembles the genuine article that the effect is positively eerie. So authentic is Eisenstein's reconstruction of events that, for years, TV documentaries have been passing off clips from Ten Days That Shook the World as "actual" scenes of the Revolution. While impressive on a technical level, the film never truly stirs the audience's emotions; Eisenstein purists have argued that this "alienation" technique was the director's intention all along, forcing the viewer to observe the events intellectually rather than emotionally. Produced in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the October Revolution, Ten Days That Shook the World was initially titled October. (Hal Erickson, All-Movie Guide) 120 min. DVD 22
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Titanic (Germany, 1943)
Directed by Herbert Selpin. Cast: Sybille Schmitz, Hans Nielsen, Kirsten Heiberg, E.F. Fürbringer, Karl Schönböck, Charlotte Thiele, Otto Wernicke, Franz Schafheitlin, Sepp Rist. Building the Titanic has been a huge financial effort, and White Star Line president Bruce Ismay wants her maiden voyage to hit the headlines. It is at Ismay's urging that Capt. Edward J. Smith pushes for a record speed in their voyage to New York, and that eventually sows the seeds for later disaster. This Titanic features a number of rich, decadent British passengers and a handful of noble German peasants. Ends with the court tribunal acquitting Ismay of any wrong-doing for the sinking of the great ship.Special features: original 1912 newsreel; White Star Line promotional film, offering a tour of the Olympic, Titanic's sister ship; theatrical trailer; photo gallery; excerpts from the pressbook. 85 min. DVD 2932
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Malone, Paul. "Goebbels Runs Aground: The Nazi Titanic Film." In: The Titanic in myth and memory [electronic resource] : representations in visual and literary culture / edited by Tim Bergfelder and Sarah Street. London : I.B. Tauris, 2004. (Full text available online [UCB users only])
Peck, Robert E. "The Banning of Titanic: a study of British postwar film censorship in Germany." Historical Journal of Film, Radio & Television; Aug2000, Vol. 20 Issue 3, p427-444, 18p UC users only
Peck, Robert E. "Misinformation, Missing Information, and Conjecture: Titanic and the historiography of Third Reich cinema." Media History; Jun2000, Vol. 6 Issue 1, p59-73, 15p UC users only
Strobl, Gerwin. "'Zum Ruhme Englands': The 'Vorgeschichte' of the Nazi Film Titanic." German Life & Letters, Apr2007, Vol. 60 Issue 2, p196-211, 16p UC users only

Viva Villa! (1934)
Directed by Jack Conway. Cast: Wallace Beery, Leo Carrillo, Fay Wray, Donald Cook, Joseph Schildkraut. The sometimes heroic, sometimes infamous deeds of Mexican bandit and patriot Pancho Villa (1878-1923). Villa fought the Diaz regime, whose soldiers killed his father. He later became one of the most ruthless Mexican bandits, but also helped put the honorable Francisco Madero (1873-1913) in power. After Madero's assassination, Villa himself led his country, however, being a better fighter than a bureaucrat, he gave up the presidency when he could restore Mexico to its people. 115 min. vhs 999:2831
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Constructing the image of the Mexican Revolution : cinema and the archive / Zuzana M. Pick. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2010. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks F1234 .P55 2010)

The Wind and the Lion (1975)
Directed by John Milius. Cast: Sean Connery, Candice Bergen, Brian Keith, John Huston, Geoffrey Lewis, Steve Kanaly, Nadim Sawalha. Loosely based on a true historical incident in turn-of-the century Morocco. Sheik Ahmad Raysuni kidnaps a feisty American woman and her children, holding them hostage until President Roosevelt sends in the troops to free them. 119 min. DVD 5876
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Francaviglia, Richard V. "Crusaders and Saracens: the persistence of orientalism in historically themed motion pictures about the Middle East." In: Lights, camera, history : portraying the past in film / edited by Richard Francaviglia and Jerry Rodnitzky ; with an introduction by Peter C. Rollins ; contributions by Robert Rosenstone ... [et al.]. 1st ed. College Station : Published for the University of Texas at Arlington by Texas A&M University Press, c2007. (PN1995.2 .L54 2007)

Fictional Films Set in this time period
1911 (Xinhai geming) (China/Hong Kong, 2011) DVD X7123
1900 Novecento (Italy / France / West Germany, 1976) DVD 6809; vhs 999:5103
Dr. Zhivago (1965) DVD 926
Eve giden yol 1914 (Turkey, 2006) DVD X5923
Der Fangschuß ((France | West Germany, 1976) DVD X4069
Farewell to Arms (1932) DVD X2983; vhs 999:92
Farewell to Arms (1957) DVD 7626
The Immigrant (1917) DVD 8
The Immigrant (1917) DVD 8
Der Untertan (Kaiser's Lackey) (1951) DVD X1851; vhs 999:2560
The Informer (1935) DVD 5657; vhs 999:647
Meet me in St. Louis(1944) DVD 2438; vhs 999:407
Moulin Rouge (1952) DVD X1145; vhs 999:3529
Moulin Rouge! (2001) DVD 976
Moulin Rouge! (2001) DVD 976
North West Frontier (UK, 1959) DVD X287
Ragtime (1981) DVD X1106; vhs 999:1203
Summer Storm (1944) DVD X3168
Tempest (1928) DVD X1705
There Will Be Blood (2007) DVD 9844
Titanic (1953) DVD X1470
Titanic (1997) DVD 2172
The Wind That Shakes the Barley (Ireland / UK / Germany / Italy / Spain / France, 2006) DVD 8399
Ziegfeld Follies (1946) DVD 5681; vhs 999:3421
See also movies about World War I films

1921 - 1930

Blum Affair (Affaire Blum) (Germany, 1948)
Directed by Erich Engel. Cast: Paul Bildt, Hans Christian Blech, Klaus Becker, Gerhard Bienert. A film based on a true case which occured in the 1920's. An accountant responds to an advertisment and gets murdered for his money. Mr. Blum is blamed for the murder because the accountant was about to give evidence about a tax fraud involving Mr. Blum's company. A dramatic presentation about pre-Hitlerite Germany which relates the story of a Jewish businessman falsely accused by anti-Semitic police. 100 min. vhs 999:299
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The Diary of Sacco and Vanzetti(2004)
Directed by David Rothauser. Cast: David Rothauser (Bartolomeo Vanzetti). A docu-drama about the 1927 Massachusetts trial and execution of two Italian-American immigrant anarchists based on Vanzetti's own letters and speeches. Nicola Sacco (1891-1927) and Bartolomeo Vanzetti (1891-1927), two Italian immigrants to America were executed after they were convicted of killing two people during a robbery in South Braintree. Their controversial trial became a political firestorm fueled by anti-immigration and "Red Scare" hysteria that gripped post-World War I America. This unique docu-drama, shot on location around Boston where the case took place, tells the events from the point of view of Vanzetti. Written and directed by David Rothauser. 2004. 57 min. DVD 6909

Inherit the Wind(1960)
Directed by Stanley Kramer. Cast: Spencer Tracy, Fredric March, Gene Kelly, Dick York, Donna Anderson, Harry Morgan. A historical drama of the so called "Monkey Trial" which pitted attorney Clarence Darrow (1857 - 1938) and the fundamentalist William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925) in heated courtroom debate. It is set in a small Tennessee town which gained national attention in 1925 when a biology schoolteacher, John T. Scopes (1900 - 1970), was arrested for violating state law by teaching Darwin's theory of evolution to his students. 108 min. DVD 1105; vhs 999:639
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Johnson, Phillip E. "Inherit the Wind: The Play's the Thing Evolution and the Law: Reflections on the Legacy of the Scopes Trial." 13 Regent University Law Review. 279 (2000-2001) UC users only
Moore, Randy. "Creationism in the United States: VII. The Lingering Impact of "Inherit the Wind",: The American Biology Teacher Vol. 61, No. 4 (Apr., 1999), pp. 246-250 UC users only
Riley, Karen L.; Brown, Jennifer A.; Braswell, Ray. "Historical Truth and Film." American Educational History Journal, Fall2007, Vol. 34 Issue 2, p263-273, 11p UC users only
Spoto, Donald. Stanley Kramer, film maker New York : Putnam, c1978 (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1998.A3 .K725 1978)
Uelmen, Gerald F. "Trial as a Circus: Inherit the Wind, The Symposium: Picturing Justice: Images of Law and Lawyers in the Visual Media." 30 University of Southern Florida Law Review. 1221 (1995-1996) UC users only

The Legend of Bhagat Singh (India, 2002)
Directed by Raj Kumar Santoshi. Cast: Ajay Devgan, Akhilendra Mishra, Sushant Singh, D. Santosh, Raj Babbar, Farida Jalal, Amrita Rao. A dramatization of the remarkable life of Bhagat Singh [1907-1931], one of the most influential revolutionaries of the Indian independence movement. He became involved in numerous revolutionary organizations and quickly rose through the ranks of the Hindustan Republican Association (HRA) and later the Hindustan Socialist Republican Association (HSRA). Singh gained support when he underwent a 63-day fast in jail, demanding equal rights for Indian and British political prisoners. He was hanged for shooting a police officer in response to the killing of a veteran freedom fighter. His legacy prompted youth in India to begin fighting for Indian independence and also increased the rise of socialism in India. 156 min. DVD 9687
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Little Laura & Big John (1973)
Directed by Luke Moberly. Cast: Fabian Forte, Karen Black, Ivy Thayer, Paul Gleason. Based on a true story, features an action-packed depiction of the John Ashley gang and their exploits running liquor and robbing banks in search of the good life. The wave of crime covers south Florida during the prohibition years of the roaring '20's. The plot centers around the desperate love between two people destined for destruction. Based on a story by Philip Weidling. 82 min. DVD X3142
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Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994)
Director, Alan Rudolph. Cast: Performers: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Campbell Scott, Matthew Broderick, Peter Gallagher, Jennifer Beals, Andrew McCarthy, Wallace Shawn, Martha Plimpton, Sam Robards, Lili Taylor, James LeGros, Gwyneth Paltrow, Heather Graham, Stephen Baldwin, Tom McGowan, Rebecca Miller. Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), a brilliant writer with a razor-sharp tongue, shares a professional but intimate relationship with comic genius Robert Benchley (1889-1945) . But when she meets Charlie McArthur, she falls hopelessly in love, a condition even literary genius can't seem to cure. 124 min. DVD X4299
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The Spirit of St. Louis (1957)
Directed by Billy Wilder. Cast: James Stewart, Murray Hamilton, Bartlett Robinson, Charles Watts. Biography of Charles Lindbergh (1902 - 1974) from his days of precarious mail runs in aviation's infancy to his design of a small transatlantic plane and the vicissitudes of its takeoff and epochal flight from New York to Paris in 1927. 135 min. DVD 6167
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Rosewood (1997)
Directed by John Singleton. Cast: Jon Voight, Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle, Bruce McGill, Loren Dean, Esther Rolle, Elise Neal, Robert Patrick, Michael Rooker. In this powerful fact based drama, a black town in Florida is burned to the ground in 1923 by a white mob, its people murdered because of a lie. But some escape and survive because of the courage and compassion of two extraordinary people, a heroic World War I veteran and a shopkeeper. Based on true events from the book Like judgement day: the ruin and redemption of a town called Rosewood by Michael D'Orso. 142 min. DVD 7384
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The Untouchables (1987)
Directed by Brian De Palma. Cast: Kevin Costner, Charles Martin Smith, Andy Garcia, Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Patricia Clarkson. A fierce, larger-than-life depiction of Al Capone (1899-1947), the mob warlord who ruled Prohibition-era Chicago and Eliot Ness (1903-1957), the law enforcer who vowed to bring him down. 119 min. DVD 8432; vhs 999:2720
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Fictional Films Set in this time period
The Cotton Club (1984) DVD 788; vhs 999:2852
The Geat Gatsby (1974) DVD 4499
Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935) DVD 4754
The Moderns (1988) Video/C 999:3152
The Painted Veil (China / USA, 2006)DVD X600
A Passage to India (UK / USA, 1984)DVD 667; vhs 999:366
The Red and the White (Csillagosok, katonák) (Hungary / Soviet Union, 1967) DVD 5351
The Roaring Twenties (1939) DVD 3509; vhs 999:853
They Shoot Horses, Don't They?(1969) DVD 9178
Zelig (1983) DVD 1014; vhs 999:803
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SEE also Movies set in the 1920s and 30s

1931 - 1940

Jackson, Carlton. "The 1930s." In: The Columbia companion to American history on film : how the movies have portrayed the American past / edited by Peter C. Rollins. New York : Columbia University Press, c2003. (Media Center PN1995.9.U64.C65 2003; Doe Refe PN1995.9.U64.C65 2003; Moffitt PN1995.9.U64.C65 2003; PFA PN1995.9.U64.C65 2003)

Baby Face Nelson (1995)
Directed by Scott Levy. Cast: Scott Levy. In this dramatization of the life of George "Baby Face" Nelson (aka Lester Joseph Gillis, 1908-1934), the gangster becomes intoxicated on the publicity of his crimes, but with allies like John Dillinger and enemies like J. Edgar Hoover, the joy ride of his crime spree can't last forever. 81 min. vhs 999:630
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Black Sun: The Nanking Massacre (Hei tai yang: Nan Jing da tu sha) (Hong Kong, 1995)
Directed by Tun Fei Mou.An uncompromising portrayal of the war crimes perpetrated by the Japanese Imperial Army upon the Chinese military and civilian population of Nanking during the occupation of the city (1937). Black Sun is unflinching in its depiction of the barbaric cruelty with which the occupying army raped, pillaged and terrorized the defeated populace. Portrays the ordeals of a poor Chinese family as they try to survive the Japanese occupation of their city. Two young children, Jean and John, excape with their uncle after witnessing the gruesome murder of their mother and father by Japanese soldiers. While fleeing from the Japanese, they are separated and the children have to fend for themselves in the war torn city. The film embraces myriad genres -- drama, horror, documentary, exploitation, war and even propaganda. Special features: "Why we fight: the battle of China" 1944 propaganda film ; production and historical photos; T.F. Mou interviews; history of the Nanking Massacre; interactive map; trailers. 95 min. DVD 8751
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Bonnie & Clyde (1967)
Directed by Arthur Penn. Cast: Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Gene Hackman, Estelle Parsons, Michael J. Pollard. A likeable young couple (Bonnie Parker [1910-1934] and Clyde Barrow [1909-1934]) embark on a series of increasingly violent crimes during the darkest days of the Depression. 112 min. DVD 70; also on VHS 999:2
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Bound for Glory (1976)
Directed by Hal Ashby. Cast: David Carradine, Ronny Cox, Melinda Dillon, Gail Strickland, Randy Quaid. Set against the grim backdrop of depression America, this film joyously celebrates the life of Woody Guthrie (1912 - 1967), America's great folk balladeer and poet. As he traveled across America his buoyant spirit and soul-rousing music surrounded him with a quiet strength enabling him to do battle with the social injustice which surrounded him. 149 min. DVD X1038
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Bugsy (1991)
Directed by Barry Levinson. Cast: Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Harvey Keitel, Ben Kingsley, Joe Mantegna. The incredible true story of Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel (1906 - 1947), the playboy gangster who betrayed the Mob for love. A cold-blooded killer who dreamed of Hollywood stardom, a crazed "patriot," who plotted against Mussolini, and the brilliant visionary who carved Las Vegas out of the dry Nevada desert, Bugsy had it all until he fell in love with a woman who wanted more. Their love affair was passionate, tempestuous and ultimately tragic. 136 min. DVD 5336
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Awards

Golden Globes, USA - Best Picture - Musical/Comedy
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Director

Rosenberg, Warren. "Coming Out of the Ethnic Closet: Jewishness in the Films of Barry Levinson." Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, Fall2003, Vol. 22 Issue 1, p29, 15p UC users only
Levinson, Barry. Levinson on Levinson / edited by David Thompson. London ; Boston : Faber and Faber, 1992. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.L48 A3 1992)

The Counterfeiters (Die Fälscher) (Austria / Germany, 2007)
Director, Stefan Ruzowitzky. Cast: Karl Markovics, August Diehl, Devid Striesow, Martin Brambach, Veit Stubner, August Zirner, Marie Baumer, Dolores Chaplin. The Counterfeiters is the true story of the largest counterfeiting operation in history, set up by the Nazis in 1936. Salomon "Sally" Sorowitsch, the king of counterfeiters, lives a life of cards, booze, and women, but his luck runs dry when he is arrested and thrown into the Mauthausen concentration camp. There he exhibits exceptional skills and is soon transferred to the upgraded camp of Sachsenhausen where, hand-picked for his unique skill, Salomon and a group of professionals are forced to produce fake foreign currency under the program Operation Berhard. Special features : Optional commentary with director Stefan Ruzowitzky ; The making of Counterfeiters ; interviews ; Adolf Burger's artifacts ; Q&A with director Stefan Ruzowitzky ; deleted scenes ; original theatrical trailer. 76 min. DVD X476
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Academy Award -Best Foreign Language Film

Alleva, Richard. "Behind Enemy Lines." Commonweal, 4/11/2008, Vol. 135 Issue 7, p30-31, 2p UC users only
Bell, James. "Turning the tables." Sight & Sound, Nov2007, Vol. 17 Issue 11, p12-12, 1p UC users only
Jacobowitz, Florence. "The Counterfeiters." Cineaction, 2007, Issue 73/74, p59-62, 4p UC users only
Wauchope, Mary. "The Counterfeiters: Seeking Moral Lessons from a Holocaust Thriller." Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, Summer2010, Vol. 28 Issue 4, p57-71, 15p UC users only
Wartenberg, Thomas. "The Counterfeiters." Philosophy Now, Jul/Aug2008, Issue 68, p38-39, 2p UC users only
Wheatley, Catherine "The Counterfeiters." Sight & Sound, 00374806, Nov2007, Vol. 17, Issue 11 UC users only

Defiance (2008)
Directed by Edward Zwick. Cast: Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell, Alexa Davalos, Allan Corduner, Mark Feuerstein. Based on true events. The deep forests of Poland and Belorussia are the domain of the occupying Germans during World War II. The three Bielski brothers go into the forests to undertake the impossible task of foraging for food, weapons and survival, not just for themselves but for a large mass of Polish Jews fleeing from the German war machine. The brothers, living with the fear of discovery, must contend with neighboring Soviet partisans and deciding whom to trust. They take on the responsibility of guardians and motivate hundreds of women, men, children and elderly to join their fight against the Nazi regime while hiding in makeshift homes in the dark, cold, unforgiving forest. At the same time, the brothers turn a band of war defectors into powerful freedom fighters. Based on the book "Defiance: the Bielski Partisans" by Nechama Tec. Special features: Commentary by director Edward Zwick, return to the forest: The making of Defiance, Children of the Otriad: The families speak, and more. 136 min. DVD X1388
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Gopnik, Adam. "Shtarkers." New Yorker, 10/27/2008, Vol. 84 Issue 34, p35-36, 2p UC users only
Kauffmann, Stanley. "Heroes and People." New Republic, 2/18/2009, Vol. 240 Issue 2, p26-27, 2p UC users only
Rapold, Nicolas. "Definance." Film Comment, Jan/Feb2009, Vol. 45 Issue 1, p72-72, 1/3p UC users only

Cradle Will Rock (2000)
Directed by Tim Robbins; featuring Hank Azaria, Ruben Blades, Joan Cusack, John Cusack, Cary Elwes, Philip Baker Hall, Cherry Jones, Angus MacFadyen, Bill Murray, Vanessa Redgrave, Susan Sarandon, Jamey Sheridan, John Turturro, Emily Watson. A kaleidoscopic look at the extraordinary events of 1930s America, from high society to life on the streets in Depression-era New York City. Based on the true story of Orson Welles' (1915 - 1985) controversial musical about a steel strike that was closed down by government decree. 132 min. DVD 281
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Atkinson, Michael. "Hollywood Keeps Left." The American Prospect 11.5 (Jan 17, 2000): 54. UC users only
Alleva, Richard. "Ah, the theater." Commonweal.Mar 10, 2000. Vol. 127, Iss. 5; pg. 21, 3 pgs UC users only
Briley, Ron. "Cradle Will Rock." Journal of American History; Dec2001, Vol. 88 Issue 3, p1202-1203, 2p UC users only
Cole, Stephen. "Cradle Will Rock." American Historical Review, Oct2000, Vol. 105 Issue 4, p1440, 2p UC users only
Doherty, Thomas. "All's Welles that ends Welles." The Chronicle of Higher Education. Feb 25, 2000. Vol. 46, Iss. 25; pg. B11, 2 pgs UC users only
Gustaitis, Joseph. "The cradle that ROCKED America.(Orson Welle's 1937 production of musical 'The Cradle Will Rock')." American History 34.6 (Feb 2000): 17.UC users only
Mason, Terrence C. "The filmmaker as humanist.(Tim Robbins)." Social Education 64.1 (Jan-Feb 2000): 14(7).
McKissack, Fred. "The Question of the Cradle." Progressive, Mar2000, Vol. 64 Issue 3, p38, 2p UC users only
Strick, Philip. "Cradle Will Rock." Sight & Sound, May2000, Vol. 10 Issue 5, p40-41, 2p, UC users only
Teachout, Terry. ""Cradle" of Lies.(Review)." Commentary 109.2 (Feb 2000): 51..UC users only
Michael Wilmington. "Cradle Will Rock." Film Comment. Nov/Dec 1999. Vol. 35, Iss. 6; p. 79 (1 page) UC users only

Dillinger (1945)
Directed by Max Nosseck. Cast: Lawrence Tierney, Edmund Lowe, Anne Jeffreys. A dramatization of John Dillinger's (1903-1934) violent career from his early days through his rise to the top of the FBI most-wanted list. Concludes with the well-known "lady in red" betrayal that left Dillinger a bullet-riddled corpse on a dark Chicago street. 70 min. DVD 4113
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The Disappearance of García Lorca (Spain | France | USA | Puerto Rico, 1996)
Directed by Marcos Zurinaga. Cast: Esai Morales, Edward James Olmos, Andy Garcia. An epic about the Spanish Civil War and the murder of Federico García Lorca (1898-1936). Years later, a young journalist is determined to discover who pulled the trigger and one of the facists is still willing to do anything to hide the truth.DVD X2919
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Gandhi (UK / India, 1982)
Directed by Richard Attenborough. Cast: Ben Kingsley, Candice Bergen, Edward Fox, John Gielgud, Trevor Howard, John Mills, Martin Sheen. This film follows Gandhi's life (1869-1948) from young lawyer through his historic struggle to free India from colonial rule. Winner of 8 Academy Awards, including Best picture, actor, director and screenplay. 149 min. DVD 927
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Awards

Academy Award - Best Picture; Best Director; Best Actor (Ben Kingsley)
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Film; Best Director; Best Actor (Ben Kingsley); Best Supporting Actress Rohini Hattangadi
Directors Guild of America, USA - Outstanding Directorial Achievement
Golden Globes, USA - Best Foreign Film; Best Director; Best Actor (Ben Kingsley)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actor (Ben Kingsley)
National Board of Review, USA - Best Actor (Ben Kingsley)
National Board of Review, USA - Best Actor (Ben Kingsley)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Film; Best Actor (Ben Kingsley)

John Rabe (France | China | Germany, 2009)
Directed by Florian Gallenberger. Cast: Anne Consigny, Daniel Brühl, Steve Buscemi, Ulrich Tukur,Teruyuki Kagawa, Mathias Herrmann. Based on actual events tells the story of a German businessman who rescued more than 200,000 Chinese during the Nanking Massacre in China by courageously negotiating a safety zone to protect innocent civilians from the Japanese Army. Drawing from John Rabe's 1937 diaries as source material, Florian Gallenberger has crafted a portrait of a man revered as a saint in China to this day and yet never rewarded for his courage during his lifetime. 134 min. DVD X4585
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Katyn (Poland, 2007)
Directed by Andrzej Wajda. Cast: Andrzej Chyra, Maja Ostaszewska, Artur Zmijewski, Jan Englert, Danuta Stenka, Magdalena Cielecka, Agnieszka Glinska, Maja Komorowska, Sergey Garmash. Dramatization of the massacre of 20,000 people (interned Polish officers as well as civilians accused of treason by the occupying Soviet forces) by the Soviet secret police at Katyn' in the spring of 1940, and the cover-up that followed. Follows the fictional stories of four families, separated from one another in the confusion of September 1939, when the Soviets and Germans invaded Poland, through the Soviet occupation in 1945 when the truth of the massacre gets suppressed. Based on the novel "Post mortem" by Andrzej Mularczyk. Special features: Interview with director Andrejz Wajda ; "Katyn: 60 days on the set: making-of featurette," Polish premiere: interviews and reactions ; photo gallery. 121 min. DVD X3775
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The King's Speech (2010)
Directed by Tom Hooper. Cast: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, Timothy Spall, Derek Jacobi, Jennifer Ehle, Anthony Andrews, Clair Bloom, Eve Best, Michael Gambon. The story of King George VI of Britain (1895-1952), his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch overcome a severe stuttering problem enabling him to assume full command of his role as king. Special features: Featured commentary with director Tom Hooper; The king's speech: and inspirational story of an unlikely friendship ; Q & A with the director and cast ; Speeches from the real King George VI ; The real Lionel Logue ; The Stuttering Foundation (Public service announcement) 119 min. DVD X5692
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Awards

Academy Award - Best Motion Picture; Best Actor (Colin Firth)
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best British Film
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actor (Colin Firth)
Directors Guild of America - Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures
Golden Globes, USA - Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama (Colin Firth)
London Critics Circle Film Awards - British Film of the Year; Actor of the Year; British Director of the Year
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actor (Colin Firth)
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Supporting Actor (Geoffrey Rush)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Actor (Colin Firth)
San Francisco Film Critics Circle - Best Actor (Colin Firth)

Public Enemies (2009)
Directed by Michael Mann. Cast: Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard, Jason Clarke, Rory Cochrane, Billie Crudup, Stephen Dorff, Stephan Lang, John Ortiz, David Wenham, Giovanni Ribisi. No one could stop Dillinger and his gang. No jail could hold him. His charm and audacious jailbreaks endeared him to almost everyone, from his girlfriend Billie Frechette to an American public who had no sympathy for the banks that had plunged the country into the Depression. But while the adventures of Dillinger's gang thrilled many, Hoover made John Dillinger (1903 - 1934) America's first Public Enemy Number One. Based on the book by Bryan Burrough. 84 min. DVD X2493
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The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond (1960)
Directed by Budd Boetticher. Cast: Ray Danton, Karen Steele, Elaine Stewart, Jesse White, Warren Oates, Dyan Cannon. A dramatization of the life of Jack Diamond (1897 – 1931), a man who "had the moves." Some were on the dance floor, where he earned the nickname Legs. Others were in the streets of New York, where he built a criminal empire in the Roaring '20s - and was the target of so many gangland shootouts he was also dubbed the Clay Pigeon. 101 min. DVD X6549
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RKO 281 (2000)
Directed by Benjamin Ross. Cast: Liev Schreiber, James Cromwell, Melanie Griffith, Brenda Blethyn, Roy Scheider and John Malkovich. Based in part on the PBS documentary "The Battle over Citizen Kane," this is a dramatization of the battle between Orson Welles (1915 - 1985) and newspaper publisher William Randolf Hearst (1863 - 1951), over the production of the motion picture Citizen Kane. Rich with tales of sexual blackmail, money and threats behind closed doors, this tells the story of Hearst's attempts to shut the movie down and ruin Welles' career. 87 min. DVD 290
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Doherty, Thomas. "All's Welles that ends Welles." The Chronicle of Higher Education. Feb 25, 2000. Vol. 46, Iss. 25; pg. B11, 2 pgs
Hoberman, J. "RKO 281." Film Comment. Jan/Feb 2000. Vol. 36, Iss. 1; p. 75 (2 pages)UC users only

Stavisky. (France / Italy, 1974)
Directed by Alain Resnais. Cast: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Anny Duperey, Charles Boyer, Francois Perier, Gerard Deaprdieu. An exquisite recounting of the climatic days in 1933 in the career of Alexandre Stavisky (1886 - 1934), the con man turned international financier whose ruin resulted in political scandal and his own mysterious death. 117 min. DVD X4807; vhs 999:1547
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Vincere(Italy | France, 2009)
Directed by Marco Bellocchio. Cast: Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Filippo Timi, Fausto Russo Alesi, Michela Cescon, Pier Giorgio Bellocchio. Dramatization of the relationship between fascist dictator Benito Mussolini (1883 - 1945) and Ida Dalser (1880 - 1937), the woman he loved, eventually scorned, denounced, and then wrote out of history. Mussolini's rise to power and Dalser's descent into an insane asylum are tragic counterpoints in a doomed romance. Dalser may have been written off at the time, but she is allowed a final, unexpected triumph in this cinematic masterwork. 124 min. DVD X5420
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Other Fictional Films Set in this time period
All the Kings Men (2006) DVD 6716
All the Kings Men (1949) DVD 5484; vhs 999:264
The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976) Video/C 999:2776
Cabaret (1972) DVD 339; vhs 999:794
City of Life and Death (Nanjing! Nanjing!)(China | Hong Kong, 2009) DVD X6699
Day of the Locust (1975) DVD 3283
Garden of the Finzi-Continis (Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini) (Italy / West Germany, 1970)DVD 5520; vhs 999:1909
Give Us This Day (1949) DVD 3285
Gosford Park (UK / USA / Italy, 2001) DVD 1219
Grapes of Wrath (1940) DVD 2434; also VHS 999:508
Kansas City (1996) vhs 999:2090
A League of Their Own (1992) DVD 2265
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)DVD 778
Thieves Like Us (1974)DVD 8242; vhs 999:2238
SEE also Movies set in the 1920s and 30s
SEE also Movies about the Spanish Civil War

1941 - 1950

American Pastime (2007)
Director: Desmond Nakano. Cast: Gary Cole, Leonardo Nam, Aaron Yoo, Masatoshi Nakamura, Judy Ongg, Sarah Drew, Jon Gries. Set against the Japanese-American internment camps during WWII, Japanese-American families, now faced with a country that doubts their loyalty, turned to baseball as a way to handle their plight and find the strength to stand up for themselves. Based on true events, also tells the story of a minor-leaguer and guard at the Topaz Internment Camp who, amidst all the conflict, is hoping for one last shot at the Major Leagues. Special features: "Go for broke: behind American pastime" making-of featurette; theatrical trailer. 105 min. DVD 8668
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Camp de Thiaroye (Algeria/Senegal/Tunisia, 1987)
Directed by Sembene Ousmane. A fact-based film which deals with African troops in the French army at the end of World War II, a turning point in African history when the colonial myth of white superiority began to collapse and an African consciousness emerged. The film opens with repatriated Senegalese infantrymen being placed in a transit camp ostensibly for temporary internment before discharge. The real purpose, however, is to reestablish the structures of white oppression disrupted by the war. A dispute over pay soon escalates into full-scale rebellion, culminating in a massacre. In French with English subtitles. 152 min. DVD X731; vhs 999:3109
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Mutiny (1999)
Directed by Kevin Hooks. Cast: Michael Jai White, Duane Martin, David Ramsey, Matthew Glave, David Barry Gray. In 1944, a Victory ship exploded at the Port Chicago navy base near San Francisco killing 320 and wounding hundreds more. The victims were mostly untrained African-American sailors, forced to do the dangerous (and segregated) job of loading live munitions. When 50 of the shaken survivors refused to continue the hazardous duty without proper training and equipment, the most explosive military trail in the nation's history began... 90 min. vhs 999:2861
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Truman (TV 1995)
Directed by Frank Pierson. Cast: Gary Sinise, Diana Scarwid, Richard Dysart, Colm Feore, James Gammon, Tony Goldwyn, Pat Hingle, Harris Yulin. A made for television docu-drama of the life of President Harry S. Truman (1884-1972) who led the nation through the end of World War II, the beginning of the Cold War, the struggle for civil rights and the creation of the United Nations. Based on the book by David McCullough. 130 min. DVD 1141
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Mrs. Henderson Presents (UK, 2005)
Directed by Stephen Frears. Cast: Judi Dench, Bob Hoskins, Will Young, Christopher Guest, Kelly Reilly, Thelma Barlow, Anna Brewster. Recently widowed and well-to-do Laura Henderson (1864 - 1944) needs a diversion to see her through war torn London. On a whim she buys the derelict Windmill theatre in the West End and persuades impresario Vivian Van Damm to run it. The two don't seem to get along at all. Although their idea of a non-stop revue is at first a success, other theatres begin to copy the idea and disaster looms. Laura suggests they put nudes in the show, but Van Damm points out that the Lord Chamberlain, who licenses live shows in Britain, is likely to have something to say about this. Luckily for Laura, she is friends with him. 103 min. DVD 5444
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World War II

The films below are based at least marginally on real events and people. For purely fictional dramatizations of World War II, SEE War movies

For films dealing with the Holocaust, SEE Movies, Race, and Ethnicity videography

Band of Brothers(TV, 2001)
Directors, Phil Alden Robinson, Richard Loncraine, Mikael Salomon, David Nutter, Tom Hanks, David Leland, Tony To, David Frankel. Cast: Kirk Acevedo, Eion Bailey, Michael Cudlitz, Dale Dye, Rick Gomez, Scott Grimes, Colin Hanks, Frank John Hughes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston, James Madio, Neal McDonough, David Schwimmer, Matthew Settle, Douglas Spain, Richard Speight Jr., Donnie Wahlberg. Tells the story of Easy Company, 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army. Drawn from interviews with survivors of Easy Company, as well as soldiers' journals and letters, this television drama tells of the extraordinary bravery and fear faced by the soldiers in this elite rifle company who parachuted into France early on D-Day morning, fought in the Battle of the Bulge and captured Hitler's Eagle's Nest at Berchtesgaden. They were also a unit that suffered 150% casualties, and whose lives became legend. 703 min. DVD 1421
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Paget, Derek; Lipkin, Steven N. "'Movie-of-the-Week' docudrama, 'historical-event' television, and the Steven Spielberg series Band of Brothers." New Review of Film & Television Studies, Apr2009, Vol. 7 Issue 1, p93-107, 15p UC users only
Schatz, Thomas. "Old War/New War: Band of Brothers and the Revival of the WWII War Film." Film & History May2002, Vol. 32 Issue 1, p74-78, 5p UC users only
Schubart, Rikke. "Storytelling for a Nation: Spielberg, Memory, and the Narration of War." In: Politicotainment : television's take on the real New York : Peter Lang, c2007. (MAIN: PN1992.6 .P63 2007)

The Colditz Story (UK, 1954)
Director: Guy Hamilton. Cast: John Mills, Eric Portman, Lionel Jeffries, Bryan Forbes, Ian Carmichael, Richard Wattis, Theodore Bikel. Deep inside the Reich, prisoners of every nationality make it a point of honor to attempt departure from the ultimate in escape-proof prisons. This is the true story of men who dared defy the might of Hitler's fortress, Colditz Castle. 98 min. DVD 3742
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Cull, Nicholas J. ""Great Escapes": 'Englishness' and the Prisoner of War Genre." Film History , Vol. 14, No. 3/4, War and Militarism (2002), pp. 282-295 UC users only
Husemann, Harald. "The Colditz Industry." In: Beyond Pug's tour : national and ethnic stereotyping in theory and literary practice / edited by C.C. Barfoot. Amsterdam ; Atlanta, GA : Rodopi, 1997. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN51 .B49 1997)
Inglis, Fred. "National snapshots: fixing the past in English war films." In: British cinema of the 1950s: a celebration / edited by Ian MacKillop and Neil Sinyard. Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the U.S.A. by Palgrave, 2003. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.G7 M263 2003)
Mackenzie, S. P. The Colditz myth: British and Commonwealth prisoners of war in Nazi Germany / S.P. MacKenzie. \Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006. (Full text available online [UCB users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks D805.5.S35 M33 2004)
Ramsden, John. "Refocusing 'The People's War': British War Films of the 1950s." Journal of Contemporary History Vol. 33, No. 1 (Jan., 1998), pp. 35-63 UC users only
Rattigan, Neil. "The Last Gasp of the Middle Class: British War Films of the 1950s." In: Re-viewing British cinema, 1900-1992 : essays and interviews / edited by Wheeler Winston Dixon. Albany : State University of New York Press, c1994. (Main Stack PN1993.5.G7.R4 1994)
Reid, P. R. Colditz : the full story / P.R. Reid. London : Macmillan, 1984. (Main (Gardner) Stacks D805.G3 R441 1984)
Summerfield, Penny. "War, film, memory: some reflections on war films and the social configuration of memory in Britain in the 1940s and 1950s." Journal of War & Culture Studies, 2008, Vol. 1 Issue 1, p15-23, 9p UC users only

The Dam Busters (UK, 1954)
Director: Michael Anderson. Cast: Richard Todd, Michael Redgrave, Ursula Jeans, Basil Sydney, Patrick Barr. Tells the true World War II story of how the Royal Air Force 617 Squadron carried out a raid on three of the most important dams in Germany. 125 min. DVD 3741
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Brickhill, Paul. The dam busters; with a foreword by Marshal of the Royal Air Force the Lord Tedder. London, Evans Bros., 1966. (Main (Gardner) Stacks D786 .B7 1966)
Ramsden, John. The dam busters London ; New York : I.B. Tauris, 2003. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA PN1997.D27 R36 2003)
Ramsden, John. "Refocusing 'The People's War': British War Films of the 1950s." Journal of Contemporary History Vol. 33, No. 1 (Jan., 1998), pp. 35-63 UC users only
Rattigan, Neil. "The Last Gasp of the Middle Class: British War Films of the 1950s." In: Re-viewing British cinema, 1900-1992 : essays and interviews / edited by Wheeler Winston Dixon. Albany : State University of New York Press, c1994. (Main Stack PN1993.5.G7.R4 1994)

Defiance (2008)
Directed by Edward Zwick. Cast: Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell, Alexa Davalos, Allan Corduner, Mark Feuerstein. Based on true events. The deep forests of Poland and Belorussia are the domain of the occupying Germans during World War II. The three Bielski brothers go into the forests to undertake the impossible task of foraging for food, weapons and survival, not just for themselves but for a large mass of Polish Jews fleeing from the German war machine. The brothers, living with the fear of discovery, must contend with neighboring Soviet partisans and deciding whom to trust. They take on the responsibility of guardians and motivate hundreds of women, men, children and elderly to join their fight against the Nazi regime while hiding in makeshift homes in the dark, cold, unforgiving forest. At the same time, the brothers turn a band of war defectors into powerful freedom fighters. Based on the book "Defiance: the Bielski Partisans" by Nechama Tec. Special features: Commentary by director Edward Zwick, return to the forest: The making of Defiance, Children of the Otriad: The families speak, and more. 136 min. DVD X1388
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Enemy at the Gates (2001)
Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud. Cast: Joseph Fiennes, Jude Law, Rachel Weisz, Bob Hoskins, Ed Harris, Ron Perlman, Gabriel Marshall-Thomson. Based on true events during the Battle of Stalingrad. Under attack the citizens of Stalingrad are mounting a brave resistance, spurred by their hero, Vasilii Zaitsev, an expert sniper. To stop Vasilii, the Germans dispatch their best sniper, Major Konig to Stalingrad. As the city burns Vasilii and Konig begin a cunning game of cat and mouse, waging a private war for courage, honor and country. 131 min. DVD 1006
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Graffy, Julian. "Stand until death." Sight & Sound; Apr2001, Vol. 11 Issue 4, p28-30, 3p
Kerr, Philip. "Stalingrad." New Statesman; 03/19/2001, Vol. 130 Issue 4529, p46, 2p UC users only
Lovelace, J. Curtis. "Who Is the Enemy at the Gates?" Human Events; 03/26/2001, Vol. 57 Issue 12, p16, 1p UC users only
Tibbetts, John C. "Enemy at the Gates." The American Historical Review. Jun 2001. Vol. 106, Iss. 3; p. 1107

Fat Man and Little Boy(1989)
Directed by Roland Joffe. Cast: Paul Newman, Dwight Schultz, Bonnie Belelia, John Cusack, Laura Dern, John C. McGinley. Fat man and little boy were the names given to the first 2 atomic bombs built by "The Manhattan Project". This film is the true story of their creation, and the fascinating people involved. 94 min. DVD X3075; vhs 999:390
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Carnes, Mark C. "Fat Man and Little Boy." In: Past imperfect : history according to the movies / general editor, Mark C. Carnes ; edited by Ted Mico, John Miller-Monzon, and David Rubel. New York : H. Holt, 1995. (Main Stack PN1995.9.H5.P37 1995; Moffitt PN1995.9.H5.P37 1995; Compar Ethn PN1995.9.H5.P37 1995)
Kael, Pauline. "Bombs." New Yorker, 11/13/89, Vol. 65 Issue 39, p119-123, 4p
Mano, D. Keith. "The Making of Fat Man and Little Boy." National Review; 11/10/1989, Vol. 41 Issue 21, p63-67, 5p UC users only
Taylor, Bryan C. "Fat Man and Little Boy": The Cinematic Representation of Interests in the Nuclear Weapons Organization." Critical Studies in Mass Communication, v10 n4 p367-94 Dec 1993
Walker, J. Samuel. "Fat Man and Little Boy." Journal of American History; Dec90, Vol. 77 Issue 3, p1120-1121, 2pUC users only

Flags of Our Fathers(2006)
Directed by Clint Eastwood. Cast: Ryan Phillippe, Jesse Bradford, Adam Beach, John Benjamin Hickey, Barry Pepper, Jamie Bell, Paul Walker, Joseph Cross, Benjamin Walker, Tom McCarthy, George Grizzard, Harve Presnell, George Hearn, Len Cariou. The story of the five Marines and one Navy corpsman that were forever immortalized as a symbol of WWII by raising the American flag at the battle of Iwo Jima. When Joe Rosenthal's photograph of the event becomes a symbol of hope for the families at home, the three surviving men are pulled from combat and sent on a tour across America to raise desperately-needed bond money. It is a trip that brings out the truths of both that symbolic act, and of their lives during war. 132 min. DVD 7138
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Flying Tigers (1942)
Director: David Miller. Cast: John Wayne, John Carroll, Anna Lee, Paul Kelly, Mae Clarke, Addison Richards, Edmund MacDonald, Bill Shirley, Tom Neal, Malcolm "Bud" McTaggart, David Bruce, Chester Gan, James Dodd, Gregg Barton, John James. Based upon the true story of the American pilots known as "The Flying Tigers" who fought the Japanese over China in early World War II. 101 min. DVD 9198
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Landon, Philip J. "From cowboy to organization man: the Hollywood war hero, 1940-1955." Studies in Popular Culture, 1989, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p28-41, 14p

Go For Broke! (1951)
Director: Robert Pirosh. Cast: Cast: Van Johnson, Gianna Maria Canale, Warner Anderson, Lane Nakano, Henry Nakamura, George Miki, Henry Oyasato. "Go for broke" was the combat slogan of one of World War II's most unusual fighting teams. The 442nd Regiment, comprised of Nisei - loyal Americans of Japanese ancestry - exhibits heroism far beyond the call of duty, overcoming the Nazis as well as the extreme prejudice of the white Americans who cannot accept "Japs" on their side. In this historically based drama a bigoted lieutenant rides the Nisei hard in basic training, creating enormous hostility - but also resulting in a highly-disciplined fighting force that proves to be a major factor in the liberation of Italy and France. 91 min. DVD 2879; vhs 999:1150
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Fujitani, T. "Go for Broke, the Movie: Japanese American Soldiers in U.S. National, Military, and Racial Discourses." In: Perilous memories : the Asia-Pacific War(s) / edited by T. Fujitani, Geoffrey M. White, and Lisa Yoneyama. pp: 267-95. Durham [N.C.] : Duke University Press, 2001. (UCB Anthropol DS777.53 .P44 2001)
Nishie, Joy Y., Engstrom, Erika. "Breaking' Hollywood's Stereotype of the Japanese American: The Significance of the Film Go for Broke!" Popular Culture Review. 11(2):17-28. 2000 Summer

Gung Ho! (1943)
Director: Ray Enright. Cast: Randolph Scott, Robert Mitchum, Rod Cameron, Noah Beery, Jr., Alan Curtis, J. Carroll Naish, Sam Levene, Milburn Stone, Grace McDonald. A dramatization of the true adventures of Colonel Evans Carlson and the two hundred men of the Marine Raider Battalion who embarked on a death-defying mission to take Makin Island in the Pacific, on August 17th, 1942. This raid was one of the early major American victories of World War II. 88 min. DVD 8312; vhs 999:1580
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In Which We Serve (UK, 1942)
Director: Noel Coward; David Lean. Cast: Noel Coward, John Mills, Bernard Miles, Celia Johnson, Michael Wilding, Richard Attenborough, Daniel Massey, Juliet Mills. When the British destroyer H.M.S. Torrin is torpedoed in WWII, a small lifeboat of survivors cling to their memories and their courage in this spellbinding tribute to the human spirit which is based on true events. As told through flashback as they dodge enemy fire and pray for rescue, the survivors remember their loved ones left behind and shipmates who once stood beside them as they recall the ship's war-time career. 96 min. DVD 2868; vhs 999:2304
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Indigènes (Algeria / France / Morocco / Belgium, 2006)
Director, Rachid Bouchareb. Cast: Jamel Debbouze, Samy Naceri, Roschdy Zem, Sami Bouajila, Bernard Blancan, Mathieu Simonet, Benoit Giros, Melanie Laurent, Antoine Chappey. The tale of a 1943 WWII French Algerian Unit facing discrimination by its European counterparts due to prejudice and ignorance. The French armed forces are preparing to land troops in Europe to win back their homeland from the Axis Powers, but they cannot accomplish their task without recruiting men from their African colonies. The Africans themselves start their long journey full of hope and anticipation, but as they get closer to their goal they realize that their enemy is not necessarily the Germans. Special features: The making of Days of Glory ; The colonial friend (a short film). 125 min. DVD 9925
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Grey, Tobias. "The Unknown Soldier." History Today, Apr2007, Vol. 57 Issue 4, p2-3, 2p UC users only
Hargreaves, Alec. "Indigènes: A Sign of the Times." Research in African Literatures, Winter2007, Vol. 38 Issue 4, p204-216, 13p UC users only
O'Riley, Michael F. "National Identity and Unrealized Union in Rachid Bouchareb's Indigènes." French Review, Dec2007, Vol. 81 Issue 2, p278-288, 11p

Invincible (UK / Germany / Ireland / USA, 2001)
Directed by Werner Herzog. Cast: Tim Roth, Jouko Ahola, Anna Gourari, Jacob Wein, Max Raabe, Gustav Peter Woehler, Udo Kier. Based on a true story, this is the compelling tale of a simple Jewish man who leaves his humble village to become a mythical strongman in Berlin. With Hitler on the brink of power and the world on the road to war, he risks it all to fight for his people. 135 min. DVD 1715
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Judgment at Nuremburg (1961)
Directed by Stanley Kramer. Cast: Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Marlene Dietrich, Maximilian Schell, Judy Garland, Montgomery Clift, Ed Binns, Werner Klemperer, William Shatner. American judge Daniel Haywood presides over the trial of four German jurists accused of "legalizing" Nazi atrocities. But as graphic accounts of sterilization and murder unfold in the courtroom, mounting political pressure for leniency forces Haywood into making the most harrowing and difficult decision of his career. 186 min. DVD 3162; vhs 999:1040
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Mann, Abby. Judgment at Nuremberg : the script of the film London : Cassell, 1961. (MAIN: PN1997.J77 M36 1961)

Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)
Director: Clint Eastwood. Cast: Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Ryo Kase, Shido Nakamura, Hiroshi Watanabe, Takumi Bando, Yuki Matsuzaki, Takashi Yamaguchi, Eijiro Ozaki. Sixty-one years ago, the United States and Japanese armies met on Iwo Jima. Decades later, hundreds of letters are unearthed from that stark island's soil. The letters give faces and voices to the men who fought there, as well as the extraordinary general who led them. Leading the defense is Lt. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi. With little defense other than sheer will and the volcanic rock of the island itself, Gen. Kuribayashi's unprecedented tactics transform what was predicted to be a quick and bloody defeat into nearly 40 days of heroic and resourceful combat. Special features: "Red sun, black sand: the making of Letters from Iwo Jima:" led by Clint Eastwood, take an inside look at the creation of the film with many of the key players involved who brought this epic film together; "The faces of war: the cast of Letters from Iwo Jima:" cast members introduce the characters they portray in the film; "Images from the frontlines: the photography of Letters from Iwo Jima" world premiere at Budo-kan in Tokyo; press conference at Grand Hyatt Tokyo. 140 min. DVD 7533
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The Longest Day (1962)
Directors: Ken Annakin, British exterior episodes; Andrew Marton, American exterior episodes; Bernhard Wicki, German episodes. Cast: John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Richard Burton, Sean Connery, Robert Mitchum, Rod Steiger, Richard Todd, Red Buttons, Richard Beymer, Robert Ryan, Mel Ferrer. Re-enacts the military operation of D-Day from four points of view--the workings of the high commands of the American, English, French, and German forces in their battle scheme for Normandy. Largely filmed on actual invasion sites in France. 178 min. DVD 1220
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Ambrose, Stephen E. "The Longest Day" In: Past imperfect : history according to the movies / general editor, Mark C. Carnes ; edited by Ted Mico, John Miller-Monzon, and David Rubel. New York : H. Holt, 1995. (Main Stack PN1995.9.H5.P37 1995; Moffitt PN1995.9.H5.P37 1995; Compar Ethn PN1995.9.H5.P37 1995)
Ambrose, Stephen E. "The Longest Day (1962): Blockbuster' history." Historical Journal of Film, Radio & Television, 1994, Vol. 14 Issue 4, p421, 11p UC users only
Hift, Fred. "Making the longest day." Europe; May94 Issue 336, p28, 3p
Lev, Peter. "Filming The Longest Day: Conflicting Interests." Literature Film Quarterly; 2005, Vol. 33 Issue 4, p263-269, 7p UC users only
Toplin, Robert Brent. "Hollywood's D-Day From the Perspective of the 1960s and the 1990s: The Longest Day and Saving Private Ryan." Film and History, vol. 36, no. 2, 2006 UC users only

Lucie Aubrac (France, 1997)
Directed by Claude Berri. Cast: Carole Bouquet, Daniel Auteuil. Based on a true story, this is the dramatic tale of a husband and wife along with their associates in the French Resistance during several months of 1943. Activist Raymond Samuel is betrayed by a comrade and arrested by the Gestapo. His only hope is his beautiful wife, Lucie, who conceives a bold plan for her husband's escape -- flirting with the enemy and risking her life to free him. 116 min. vhs 999:2926
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Allison, Maggie. "From the Violence of War to the War against Intolerance: Representing the Resistant Woman, Lucie Aubrac." South Central Review, 2002, Vol. 19(4)-20 Issue 1, p119-134, 16p UC users only
Hayes, Graeme. " Resistancialism revisited: masculinity and national identity in Claude Berri's Lucie Aubrac (1997)." Studies in French Cinema, 2001, Vol. 1 Issue 2, p108, 10p UC users only
Hewitt, Leah D. "Identity Wars in "L'affaire (Lucie) Aubrac": History, Fiction, Film." Contemporary French Civilization, 1998, Vol. 22 Issue 2, p264-284, 21p
Reid, Donald "The Grandchildren of Godard and the Aubracs: Betrayal, Resistance, and the People without the Memory." French Cultural Studies, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 76-92, Feb 2004 UC users only

Aubrac, Lucie. Outwitting the Gestapo / Lucie Aubrac ; translated by Konrad Bieber with the assistance of Betsy Wing ; with an introduction by Margaret Collins Weitz. (Main (Gardner) Stacks D802.F8 A7913 1993)

Man Escaped (Un Condamné a Mort s'est Échappé, ou, Le Vent Souffle) (France, 1956)
Director, Robert Bresson. Cast: Francois Leterrier, Charles Le Clainche, Maurice Beerblock. Based on a true story, tells of a French Resistance fighter who is sent to an infamous prison in 1943, where 7,000 of the 12,000 prisoners housed there died either by natural means or by execution. Lt. Fontaine is certain that execution awaits him, and begins planning his escape. For a period of time he goes it alone, but reluctantly takes on a partner. He gets some help from a couple of prisoners allowed to stroll in the exercise yard, but for the most part he is a figure of isolation. 100 min. DVD 2770
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Naked Among Wolves(Nackt unter Wölfen)(East Germany, 1962)
Directed by Frank Beyer; Cast: Erwin Geschonneck, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Krystyn Wojcik, Fred Delmare, Viktor Awdjuschko, Gerry Wolf, Erik S. Klein. Based on true events, this is the first German film devoted to life and death in a concentration camp. It tells the story of organized resistance by political prisoners in the Buchenwald concentration camp. When one of the prisoners smuggles a child into a camp, the men are faced with the question of how many lives may be endangered in order to save the life of the child. Based on the novel by Bruno Apitz. 124 min. DVD X3338; vhs 999:3160
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Only the Brave (2005)
Director: Lane Nishikawa. Cast: Lane Nishikawa, Jason Scott Lee, Mark Dacascos, Yuji Okumoto, Tamlyn Tomita, Jeff Fahey, Pat Noriyuki Morita, Guy Ecker. Inspired by the historic rescue of the Texan "lost battalion" by the all-Nisei 100th/442nd Regimental Combat Team who endured he Inspired by the historic rescue of the Texan "lost battalion" by the all-Nisei 100th/442nd Regimental Combat Team who endured heavy casualties, this film captures the tragedies and sacrifices of these courageous Japanese Americans, who had to overcome great prejudice and injustice to themselves and their families. 100 min. DVD X1213
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Patton (1970)
Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner. Cast: George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Michael Bates, Edward Binns, Lawrence Dobkin, John Doucette, James Edwards. Story of the controversial American general George Patton [1885 - 1945] in World War II whose military brilliance was balanced by his inability to deal with the social and political aspects of war, causing him difficulties in his dealings with the War Department. 170 min. DVD 2877
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Beidler, Philip D. "Just like in the movies: Richard Nixon and 'Patton.'" The Georgia Review Fall 1995 v49 n3 p567(10)
Carnes, Mark C. "Patton." In: Past imperfect : history according to the movies / general editor, Carnes ; edited by Ted Mico, John... 1st ed. New York : H. Holt, 1995. (Main Stack PN1995.9.H5.P37 1995; Moffitt PN1995.9.H5.P37 1995)
Fussell, Paul. "Patton." In: Past imperfect : history according to the movies / general editor, Mark C. Carnes ; edited by Ted Mico, John Miller-Monzon, and David Rubel. New York : H. Holt, 1995. (Main Stack PN1995.9.H5.P37 1995; Moffitt PN1995.9.H5.P37 1995; Compar Ethn PN1995.9.H5.P37 1995)
Landau, Alan. "Patton." Film & History, Dec1972, Vol. 2 Issue 4, p30-33, 4p
Palmer, R. Barton. "Patton: Celebrating the UnAmerican National Hero." a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, Volume 26, Number 1, Summer 2011, pp. 34-52 UC users only
Smith, Michael. "Patton." Policy Review. Fall 1994. , Iss. 70; pg. 32
Winchell, Mark Royden. "The universal soldier : Franklin Schaffner's Patton (1970)." In: God, man, and Hollywood : politically incorrect cinema from "The birth of a nation" to "The Passion of the Christ" / Mark Royden Winchell. Wilmington, Del. : ISI Books, c2008. (Main Stack PN1995.9.S6.W53 2008; PFA PN1995.9.S6.W53 2008)

Pearl Harbor (2001)
Director, Michael Bay. Cast: Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale, Ewen Bremner, Jon Voight, William Lee Scott, James King, Greg Zola, Alec Baldwin, Michael Shannon, Cuba Gooding, Jr. Two childhood best friends, Rafe and Danny, grow up wanting to fly planes. When Rafe gets the chance to join the Royal Air Force during World War II, he takes it, leaving his new love, Evelyn, a dedicated Navy nurse, and Danny, also a pilot, behind. Danny and Evelyn are transferred separately to the idyllic paradise of Hawaii, where they eventually meet through a connection to Rafe, who has been declared missing. But just as the love triangle begins to get complicated, Dec. 7, 1941 arrives, changing all of their lives forever. This director's cut version includes more than 60 new shots in the film and over 12 hours of new special features. Director's cut, digitally mastered version. 184 min. DVD 1155
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Pride of the Marines (1945)
Director, Delmer Daves. Cast: John Garfield, Eleanor Parker, Dane Clark, John Ridgely. A Marine hero is blinded in battle and returns home to be rehabilitated. He readjusts to his civilian life with the help of his wife. Based on the true story of Marine hero Al Schmid who was wounded in the WWII Battle of Guadalcanal. 119 min. DVD X6442
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The Purple Heart (1944)
Director, Lewis Milestone. Cast: Dana Andrews, Richard Conte, Farley Granger, Kevin O'Shea, Donald Barry. Based on true events. Four months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, a group of American flyers take part in the first U.S. air retaliation attack against Japan and crash-land into history's most astounding prisoner-of-war story. The "Doolittle Raiders" are put on trial in a Japanese civil court, not as P.O.W.s, but as criminals charged with murder. As this travesty of justice proceeds, the airmen realize that their only hope of avoiding execution is to reveal to their enemy captors the top-secret details of their flight to Japan: a choice between death and and betrayal of country. 100 min. DVD X3882
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Robert Oppenheimer: The Father of the Atomic Bomb(BBC TV, 1980)
Directed by Barry Davis. Cast: Sam Waterston, Peter Banks, David Baxt, Colin Bennett, Ron Berglas. A seven part television biography examining the life of controversial physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer who led the Manhattan Project in 1942 and came to be known as "Father of the atomic bomb." Although he served as a government adviser on nuclear weapons, he eventually campaigned against further development of nuclear arms. 420 min. DVD 6296
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Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Director: Steven Spielberg. Cast: Tom Hanks, Edward Burns, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore. Captain John Miller must take his men behind enemy lines to find Private Ryan, whose three brothers have been killed in combat. Faced with impossible odds, the men question their orders. Why are eight men risking thir lives to save just one? Surrounded by the brutal realities of war each man searches for his own answer and the strength to triumph over an uncertain future with honor, decency and courage. 169 min. DVD 146
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So Proudly We Hail! (1943)
Director: Mark Sandrich. Cast: Claudette Colbert, Paulette Goddard, Veronica Lake, George Reeves, Barbara Britton, Walter Abel, Sonny Tufts. A film crafted to tell the true story of American Army nurses who served so gallantly in World War II. From the first casualties of Pearl Harbor to the time they are shipped home, these women work tirelessly to treat the wounded and boost morale. The story traces friendships, hardships and the love that keeps them going in the face of continuous heartbreak. 126 min. DVD X2823
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Froula, Anna. "Free a man to fight: the figure of the female soldier in World War II popular culture" Journal of War & Culture Studies, Jul2009, Vol. 2 Issue 2, p153-165, 13 UC users only

Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (Sophie Scholl - Die letzten Tage) (Germany, 2005)
Director: Marc Rothemund. Cast: Julia Jenstsch, Alexander Held, Fabian Hinrichs. In 1943, as Hitler continues to wage war across Europe, a group of college students mount an underground resistance movement in Munich. Dedicated expressly to the downfall of the monolithic Third Reich war machine, they call themselves the White Rose. One of its few female members, Sophie Scholl is captured during a dangerous mission to distribute pamphlets on campus with her brother Hans. Unwavering in her convictions and loyalty to the White Rose, her cross-examination by the Gestapo quickly escalates into a searing test of wills as Scholl delivers a passionate call to freedom and personal responsibility that is both haunting and timeless. 117 min. DVD 5812
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Rutschmann, Paul. "The White Rose In Film And History." Historical Journal of Film, Radio & Television, Aug2007, Vol. 27 Issue 3, p371-390 UC users only
Wilson, Vicky. "Sophie Scholl - The Final Days." Sight & Sound, Dec2006, Vol. 16 Issue 12, p29-29 UC users only

Stalingrad (Germany / Sweden, 1993)
Director: Joseph Vilsmaier. Cast: Dominique Horwitz, Thomas Kretschmann, Jochen Nickel, Sebastan Rudolph, Dana Vavrova. In the late fall of 1942, thousands of German soldiers set out to fight one of the bloodiest battles of all time. 'Stalingrad' is the story of four of these soldiers, as they struggle against both physical and emotional enemies ... the anonymity of the enemy is lost and the soldiers must face the war literally eye to eye. 138 min. DVD 462
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The Story of G.I. Joe (1945)
Director: William Wellman. Featuring Robert Mitchum, Burgess Meredith, Freddie Steele, Wally Cassell, Dorothy Coonan, William "Billy" Benedict. A gripping World War II drama based upon the newspaper columns of Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent Ernie Pyle (1900 - 1945). Pyle joins Company C, 18th Infantry as this American army unit fights its way across North Africa and then catches up with the unit again in Italy and accompanies it through the battles of San Vittorio and Cassino. He learns from its commanding officer the loneliness of command and from the individual G.I.'s of the human capacity to survive drudgery, discomfort and the terror of combat. The film is acknowledged as one of greatest war pictures ever made, portraying an unsentimental story of mud, blood and death. 108 min. DVD X1092; vhs 999:2668
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Doherty, Thomas. "The Story of G.I. Joe." Cineaste; 2000, Vol. 26 Issue 1, p60, 2pUC users only
Nichols, Dudley "Men in Battle: A Review of Three Current Pictures Men in Battle: A Review of Three Current Pictures." Hollywood Quarterly, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Oct., 1945), pp. 34-39UC users only

Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy. Cast: Spencer Tracy, Van Johnson, Robert Mitchum, Phyllis Thaxter, Robert Walker, Scott McKay. A classic World War II thriller - the true life story of the first American air raids on Japan. Spencer Tracy plays Lieutenant Colonel James Doolittle (1896 - 1993), the tough and inspiring mastermind of the historic crew of the "Ruptured Duck," commanded by Captain Ted Lawson. Lawson's daydreams of the bride he left behind are intertwined with the nightmarish terrors of a tense Pacific crossing, thunderous bombings, and the fate of his men on their painful odyssey through mainland China. 139 min. DVD 9130
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Donald, Ralph R. "From "Knockout Punch" to "Home Run:" Masculinity's "Dirty Dozen" Sports Metaphors in American Combat Films." Film & History (03603695), May2005, Vol. 35 Issue 1, p20-28, 9p UC users only
Norden, Martin F. "Resexualization of the disabled war hero in Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo." Journal of Popular Film & Television, Summer95, Vol. 23 Issue 2, p504, 6p UC users only

Three Came Home (1950)
Directed by Jean Negulesco. Cast: Claudette Colbert, Patric Knowles, Sessue Hayakawa, Florence Desmond. During World War II, the Far East island of Borneo is captured by the Japanese. Based on true events this is the story of American author Agnes Newton Keith who along with her husband, a British administrator, is arrested. Their family is separated and placed into different prison camps. The camp commander takes an avid interest in the authoress, but does not intervene when she is subject to torture, starvation and humiliation at the hands of the guards. Told in agonizing detail, this is the story of her confinement and attempt at escape. 106 min. DVD 1463
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Triumph of the Spirit (USA, 1989)
Directed by Robert M. Young. Cast: Willem Dafoe, Edward James Olmos, Robert Loggia. Based on a true story that took place in 1939 about one man's attempt to save himself and his family when the Nazis occupy Greece and they are sent to the Auschwitz death camp. Each boxing match this middleweight champ fights sends the loser to the gas chamber, and he wonders how he can continue to save himself, his family, and his sanity. 120 min. DVD 3051
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Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
Director: R. Fleischer, et al. Cast: Martin Balsam, Soh Yamamura, Joseph Cotten, Tatsuya Mihashi, E.G. Marshall, James Whitmore, Takahiro Tamura, Eijiro Tono, Jason Robards. A meticulous dramatic recreation of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the events leading up to it from both the Japanese and American points of view. 144 min. DVD 7869; vhs 999:736
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Iriye, Akira. "Tora! Tora! Tora!" In: Past imperfect : history according to the movies / general editor, Mark C. Carnes ; edited by Ted Mico, John Miller-Monzon, and David Rubel. New York : H. Holt, 1995. (Main Stack PN1995.9.H5.P37 1995; Moffitt PN1995.9.H5.P37 1995; Compar Ethn PN1995.9.H5.P37 1995) DD>White, Geoffrey M. "Disney's Pearl Harbor: National Memory at the Movies." Public Historian, Fall2002, Vol. 24 Issue 4, p97, 19p UC users only

Wake Island (1942)
Directed by John Farrow. Cast: Brian Donlevy ; Macdonald Carey ; Robert Preston ; Albert Dekker ; William Bendix ; Walter Abel. Based on the incredible true story of a handful of U.S. Marines holding out against an overwhelming Japanese air, land and sea assault during the Battle of Wake Island. 88 min. DVD 7439
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The Wereth Eleven (2011)
Directed by Robert Child. Cast: Ken Arnold, Chris Cudzilo, Thomas McArdle. Narrator, Corey Reynolds During World War II, 1.2 million African-Americans served in America's Armed Forces. Fully 125,000 served overseas, and 708 were killed. Among these were the Wereth Eleven. Based on true events, this docudrama tells the story of these eleven men who were ruthlessly murdered by the Nazi SS during the Battle of the Bulge. Weaved together are exciting visual effects, never-before-seen archival footage, and compelling interviews to detail one of the least-known atrocities committed during World War II. Extra features: panel discussion held at the film's premiere at the National World War II Museum with the producers ; an extended interview with the Joseph Springer ; trailer ; The Wereth 11 exposed, a short film displaying the specia effects used in making the movie. 60 min.DVD X6737
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The Wooden Horse(UK, 1950)
Directed by Jack Lee. Cast: Leo Genn, David Tomlinson, Anthony Steel, David Greene, Peter Burton. Dramatization of the true story behind the escape of three British POWs from Nazi Germany during World War II. A British officer has the idea of starting a daily gynmastics routine using a vaulting horse: they can place it near the boundary and start a tunnel from under it. Produced only 5 years after the end of WWII, the film established a model for many similar films that followed. Based on the book by Eric Williams. 98 min. DVD X2047
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Other Fictional Films Set in this time period
72. Koğus (Turkey, 1987) DVD X5917
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) DVD 2865; vhs 999:114
Crows and Sparrows (Wuya yu maque) (China, 1949)vhs 999:3166
Devils on the Doorstep (Guizi lai le)(China, 2000) DVD 3748
Exodus (1960) DVD X1091; vhs 999:831:1&2
Hill 24 Doesn't Answer (Giv'a 24 Eina Ona) (Isreael, 1955) vhs 999:545
Hope and Glory (UK, 1987) DVD 1714; vhs 999:2790
Newsfront(Australia, 1978) DVD 4984
Since You Went Away (1944) DVD 4599; vhs 999:1764
Summer of '42 (1971) DVD 3149
Swing Shift (1984) DVD 3143

See also videographies for various national cinemas for movies reflecting the conditions of these countries after the war, for e.g. Italian Neorealist Films, German "rubble" films, etc.

1951- 1960 -

Battle of Algiers (France, 1965)
Directed by Gill Pontecorvo. Documentary-style re-enactment of events that took place during the 1954 to 1962 Franco-Algerian conflict. Depicts how the Algerian National Liberation Front (FLN) began a war, using terrorism, in Algiers to free the Algerian people from French colonialism. In response to the escalating violence in Algiers, the French government sent in paratroopers to crush the uprising with whatever force necessary. 121 min. DVD 2645; vhs 999:111
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Boycott (TV, 2001)
Directed by Clark Johnson. Cast: Jeffrey Wright, Terrence Howard, C.C.H. Pounder, Carmen Ejogo, Reg E. Cathey, Brent Jennings, Shawn Michael Howard, Iris Little-Thomas, Erik Todd Dellums, Mike Hodge. In the winter of 1955 in the deep south, Rosa Parks (1913-2005), a single black woman on a public bus, is arrested when she chooses a "whites only" seat. Her action and the reaction of the authorities helps birth the modern civil rights movement in the United States, and makes her an inspiring icon and lodestone to all involved with the struggle for equality, including a young Martin Luther King. Based on the book : Daybreak of freedom by Stewart Burns. Special features: Director's commentary (Clark Johnson); Featurette; Cast & director bios (Wright, Howard, Ejogo, Johnson); Historical background notes : "Milestones in civil rights history" (timeline), Verbatim- "Spreading the word" (quotes from civil rights figures), "Boycott by the numbers" (comparison index), "Time capsule: back with humility" (Time magazine article, 1956), "Q & A with Stewart Burns and Henry Gates Jr.", "Who's who- the leaders" (Leaders of the Montgomery Bus Boycott); References : "Books" (suggested reading), "Video/Multimedia" (suggested viewing); web links. 112 min. DVD X5021
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Che (Spain / France / USA, 2008)
Director, Steven Soderbergh. Cast: Benicio Del Toro, Demián Bichir, Santiago Cabrera, Vladimir Cruz, Julia Ormond, Jorge Perugorría, Edgar Ramírez, Victor Rasuk, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Rodrigo Santoro, Unax Ugalde, Yul Vázquez, Marc-André Grondin, Óscar Jaenada, Cristian Mercado, Jordi Mollà, Antonio Peredo, Franka Potente, Othello Rensoli, Armando Riesco, Mark Umbers. Che Part One: The Argentine: On November 26, 1956, Fidel Castro sails to Cuba with eighty rebels. One of those rebels is Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, an Argentine doctor who shares a common goal with Fidel Castro - to overthrow the corrupt dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista. Che Part Two: Guerrilla: After the Cuban Revolution, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara is at the height of his fame and power. Then he disappears, re-emerging incognito in Bolivia, where he organizes a small group of Cuban comrades and Bolivian recruits to start the great Latin American Revolution. The story of the Bolivian campaign is a tale of tenacity, sacrifice, idealism, and guerrilla warfare that ultimately fails, bringing Che to his death. Part 1 based on Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War by Ernesto "Che" Guevara. Part 2 based on The bolivian diary by Ernesto "Che" Guevara. Contents: [Disc 1]. Che. Part one, The argentine (135 min.) / screenplay by Peter Buchman -- [Disc 2]. Che. Part two, Guerrilla (136 min.) / screenplay by Peter Buchman and Benjamin A. van der Veen -- [Disc 3.] The Supplements. Making "Che" ; End of a revolution ; 'Che' and the digital cinema revolution! Special features: Disc 1. New audio commentary featuring Jon Lee Anderson; theatrical trailer; Disc 2. New audio commentary featuring Anderson; Disc 3. Interviews with participants in and historians of the Cuban Revolution and Che's Bolivian campaign; deleted scenes. 271 min. DVD X2523
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Clandestinos (Undercover) (Cuba, 1987 )
Director, Fernando Pérez. Cast: Luis Alberto García, Isabel Santos, Susana Pérez, René Losada, Amado del Pino, Miguel Gutierrez, Miguel Navarro. This tense, action-packed political thriller chronicles the romance between two young revolutionaries in 1950s Havana as they fight for their lives against Batista's secret service. Based on real events from the early days of the revolution.. 89 min. DVD X1824
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Freedom Writers (2007)
Director, Richard LaGravenese. Cast: Hilary Swank, Patrick Dempsey, Scott Glenn, Imelda Staunton, April Lee Hernandez, Mario, Kristin Herrera, Jacklyn Ngan, Sergio Montalvo, Jason Finn, Deance Wyatt, Vanetta Smith, Gabriel Chavarria, Hunter Parrish. Dramatization of a true story about a teacher in a racially divided school who gives her students what they've always needed, a voice. Erin Gruwell comes to a southern California high school bubbling over with naive optimism. She quickly discovers that her unruly classroom is not easily won over by her good intentions. After a few floundering attempts to connect with her students, Gruwell gives them the assignment of keeping journals about their own lives. This assignment is something that the class can bite into with relish. This eventually bonds them together and pushes racial rivalries aside. Draws heavily from the published journals of the real students themselves. Special features: Feature-length commentary by director Richard LaGravenese and actor Hilary Swank; deleted scenes; featurettes; theatrical trailer; photo gallery. Based on the book "The Freedom Writers diary: how a teacher and 150 teens used writing to change themselves and the world around them" by the Freedom Writers and Erin Gruwell (MOFF: HQ796 .F76355 1999). 122 min. DVD 7635
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Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)
Directed by Rob Reiner. Cast: Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, James Woods, Craig T. Nelson. For three decades Myrlie Evers waited and worked for the conviction of the white supremacist who murdered her husband, civil rights leader Medgar Evers (1925-1963). Yet after two hung juries justice had not come. This film follows the final trial, carefully recreating the details of a relentless quest for justice. Film features special appearances by three children of Medgar Evers, plus Yoland King, the daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr. 131 min. DVD 8979
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Good Night and Good Luck (2005)
Directed by George Clooney. Cast: David Strathairn, Patricia Clarkson, George Clooney, Jeff Daniels, Robert Downey, Jr., Frank Langella. Takes place in the 1950's America, during the early days of broadcast journalism. It chronicles the real-life conflict between television newsman Edward R. Murrow (1908- 1965) and Senator Joseph McCarthy (1908-1957) and the House Un-American Activities Committee. With a desire to report the facts and enlighten the public, Murrow, and his dedicated staff - headed by his producer Fred Friendly (1915-1998) and Joe Wershba in the CBS newsroom - defy corporate and sponsorship pressures to examine the lies and scaremongering tactics perpetrated by McCarthy during his communist 'witch-hunts'. A very public feud develops when the Senator responds by accusing the anchor of being a communist. In this climate of fear and reprisal, the CBS crew carries on and their tenacity will prove historic and monumental. min. DVD 5223
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Heart Beat (1979)
Directed by John Byrum. Cast: Nick Nolte, Sissy Spacek, John Heard. Part ode to the Beat Generation, part domestic comedy, this film, based on the memoirs of Carolyn Cassady, tells of her life with Neal Cassady and Jack Kerouac. They were three unconventional people who thumbed their noses at the conventional 1950's, sharing a lifestyle that foreshadowed the social and sexual upheavals of the 60's. Based on the memoir Heart beat by Carolyn Cassady. DVD X1796; vhs 999:2745
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I Was a Communist for the F.B.I. (1951)
Directed by Gordon Douglas. Cast: Frank Lovejoy, Dorothy Hart, Philip Carey, James Millican, Richard Webb. Ostensibly based on a "Saturday Evening Post" article in which a Pittsburgh steel company worker recounted his experiences as an undercover FBI agent in the Communist Party, this is a well-crafted propaganda piece in the form of a noir thriller. 83 min. DVD X1805
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Leab, Dan. "I Was A Communist For The FBI." History Today 1996 46(12): 42-47. UC users only

The Long Walk Home (1991)
Directed by Richard Pearce. Cast: Sissy Spacek, Whoopi Goldberg, Dwight Schultz. When Odessa Cotter, a quietly dignified woman, honors the 1955 Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott by walking an exhausting nine miles to and from work, Miriam, her employer, offers her a ride. Defying both Miriam's racist husband and the powerful White Citizen's Council, Miriam and Odessa put their lives in danger for civil rights. Their shared experiences draw them closer as a deep respect and lasting friendship forms. Together, in a difficult world of black versus white, they manage to discover a common ground. 98 min. DVD 8667; vhs 999:940
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Mississippi Burning (1988)
Directed by Alan Parker. Cast: Gene Hackman and Willem Defoe. Set in Mississippi in 1964, this is a fictionalized version of the case of the murder of three young civil rights workers, the FBI's attempts to find the missing boys and the clash between the authorities and the locals in a Klan-dominated town. 127 min. DVD 4902; vhs 999:374
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The Road to Mississippi: Reclaiming Our History.
Video/C 2580

The Motorcycle Diaries (Diarios de otocicleta) (Argentina / USA / Cuba / Germany / Mexico / UK / Chile / Peru / France, 2004)
Director, Walter Salles. Cast: Gael Garcia Bernal, Mia Maestro, Rodrigo de la Serna. Filmed adaptation of Cuban revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara's (1928 - 1967), journals of a road trip across South America. As a young, pre-revolution Guevara, a 23-year-old medical student in 1952, he traveled across the South American continent on a motorcyle with his friend Alberto Granado who co-wrote the source material. As they embark on their journey, both young men come of age and find their individual world views broadened farther than they ever expected. 127 min. DVD 3536
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Guevara, Ernesto. The motorcycle diaries : a journey around South America / Ernesto Che Guevara ; translated by Ann Wright London ; New York : Verso, 1996. (Moffitt F2224 .G7813 1996)

Nasser 56 (Egypt, 1990)
A film by Mohamed Fadel. A docudrama presentation including vintage newsreel footage of the events surrounding the 1956 nationalization of the Suez Canal by Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser (1918-1970). 1996. 140 min. Video/C 5593

Gordon, Joel. "Film, Fame, and Public Memory: Egyptian Biopics from Mustafa Kamil to Nasser 56." International Journal of Middle East Studies. 31(1):61-79. 1999 Feb

Pollock (2000)
Directed by Ed Harris. Cast: Ed Harris, Marcia Gay Harden, Tom Bower, Jennifer Connelly, Bud Cort, John Heard, Val Kilmer, Robert Knott. Fellow artists and lovers Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) and Lee Krasner (1908 - 1984) are at the center of New York's 1940's art scene, but as Krasner neglects her work to push Pollock's career forward, Pollock begins to unravel emotionally. Pollock and Krasner escape to the country to marry, and soon, Pollock creates the work that makes him the first internationally-famous modern painter in America. But with fame and fortune comes a volatile temper and severe self-doubt and before long, Pollock's life threatens to explode. Special features: Ed Harris commentary; "making-of" documentary; Charlie Rose interview with Ed Harris; deleted scenes; filmographies; theatrical trailers; production notes; scene selections. Based on "Jackson Pollock : an American saga" by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith. 123 min. DVD 787
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Awards

Academy Award - Best Supporting Actress (Marcia Gay Harden)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Supporting Actress (Marcia Gay Harden)
Bracewell, Michael. "Pollock." Sight and Sound 12.6 (June 2002): 47(2).
Kalina, Richard. "Pollock: Lights, Action, Camera." Art in America 89.2 (Feb 2001): 57.
Macnab, Geoffrey. "A bigger splash." Sight and Sound 12.6 (June 2002): 22(3).
Miller, Keith. "Dripped over the ege." TLS. Times Literary Supplement 5175 (June 7, 2002): 19(1).
Plagens, Peter. "Biopics Mix Shticks, Kitsch." ARTnews; Dec2006, Vol. 105 Issue 11, p118-121, 4p
Siegel, Katy. "Splatter Fest." Artforum International 39.3 (Nov 2000): 23.
Stone, Laurie. "A woman near a door. (Essays)." The Literary Review 46.4 (Summer 2003): 655(12).UC users only
Pork Chop Hill (1959)
Director: Lewis Milestone. Cast: Gregory Peck, Harry Guardino, Rip Torn, George Peppard, James Edwards, Bob Steele, Woody Strode, George Shibata. A stark screen re-enactment of the U.S. Army King Company's valiant, high-casualty offensive to capture and hold strategically important Pork Chop Hill during the Korean War. Based upon General S.O.A. Marshall's documentary book, Pork Chop Hill. 98 min. DVD X903
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Locke, Brian. "White and black to the brink: China gate (1957), Pork Chop Hill (1959)." In: Racial stigma on the Hollywood screen from World War II to the present : the Orientalist buddy film / Brian Locke. New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. (Asian American Studies PN1995.9.M56 L63 2009)
Kinney, Katherine. "Cold wars: black soldiers in liberal Hollywood." War, Literature & the Arts: An International Journal of the Humanities; 2000, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p101-121, 21p UC users only

Quiz Show (1994)
Directed by Robert Redford. Cast: John Turturro, Rob Morrow, Ralph Fiennes, David Paymer, Paul Scofield. Fame and fortune become a hotbed of scandal when a Washington investigator uncovers corruption beneath the glittering facade of American television's hottest quiz show which implicates both the wildly popular champion (Charles Van Doren, 1926-) and the disgruntled ex-champ (Herbert Stempel, 1926-). Based on true events in the late 1950s concerning the investigation of cheating in the quiz show "Twenty One." 133 min. DVD 1137
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The Right Stuff (1983)
Directed by Philip Kaufman. Cast: Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Quaid, Pamela Reed, Sam Shepard, Kim Stanley, Fred Ward, Veronica Cartwright, David Clennon, Scott Wilson, Donald Moffat, Levon Helm, Jeff Goldblum, Harry Shearer, Charles Frank, Royal Dano. A dramatization of the intrepid test pilot Chuck Yeager (1923 - )and the seven pioneering astronauts chosen for the first manned space flight program in the United States. A thrilling retelling of the true story of Alan Shepard (1923-1998), Gus Grissom (1926-1967), John Glenn (1921 - ), Scott Carpenter (1925 - ), Walter Schirra (1923-2007), Gordon Cooper (1927 - 2004), and Deke Slayton (1924 - 1993) -- the seven men chosen for Project Mercury. Special features: Biographical profile of John Glenn "American hero: the journey and the mission," scene-specific commentaries with director/screenwriter, cast and crew members ; 3 documentaries "Realizing the right stuff," "T-20 years and counting," "The real men with the right stuff," 13 additional scenes ; interactive timeline to space incorporating vintage NASA footage ; theatrical trailer. 193 min. DVD 6119
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Scott, James. "The Right Stuff at the Wrong Time: The Space Of Nostalgia in the Conservative Ascendancy." Film & History, Spring2010, Vol. 40 Issue 1, p45-57, 13p UC users only

Separate But Equal (1991)
Directed by George Stevens Jr. Cast: Sidney Poitier, Burt Lancaster and Richard Kiley. This film depicts a small town in South Carolina in the year 1950 as the issue of segregation between blacks and whites comes to a bitter, violent and courageous battle. 193 min. vhs 999:418
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Simple Justice(TV, 1993)
Director, Helaine Head. Cast: Peter Francis James, James Avery, Andre Braugher, Scott Wentworth, Scott Whitehurst, William Allen Young, Sam Gray, Terry Alexander, Matthiew Arkin, Thomas Brimm, Denise Burse-Mickelburg, Tom Ligon, Sam Jackson, Diana Scarwid, Giancarlo Esposito. A docudrama recounting the remarkable legal strategy and social struggle that resulted in the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark ruling in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka.Based on "Simple justice" by Richard Kluger. Originally broacast as a segment of the television program: American Experience on January 18, 1993. 105 min. DVD X4022
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Sins of the Father (TV, 2002 )
Directed by Robert Dornhelm. Cast: Tom Sizemore, Richard Jenkins, Ving Rhames, Colm Feore. Based on a true story, this television production looks at events surrounding the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. in 1963 which killed four young African America girls. Now, in 1998, the FBI has reopened the case, and Tom Cherry's memories are recalled about the turbulent years of his childhood. He is forced to come to terms with his past, facing his father's possible involvement with the KKK, and his part in the crime. With the help of his friend, Tom finds the strength to testify against his father. 93 min. DVD 2392
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Other Fictional Films Set in this time period
American Graffiti (1973) DVD 246; vhs 999:757
Chronicle of the Smoldering Years (Chronique des annéds de braise) (Algeria, 1975) vhs 999:2727
Guilty By Suspicion (1991) vhs vhs 999:2035
The Front (1976) vhs 999:806
Lost Command (1966) DVD 1286
Overseas (Outremer) (France, 1990) vhs 999:3809
Le Petit Soldat (France, 1963)DVD 1284; vhs 999:2198
A Time to Kill (1992)DVD DVD X119
See also 1950s videography
See also Korean War Movies

1961 - 1970

Lovett, Christopher C. "The 1960s." In: The Columbia companion to American history on film : how the movies have portrayed the American past / edited by Peter C. Rollins. New York : Columbia University Press, c2003. (Media Center PN1995.9.U64.C65 2003; Doe Refe PN1995.9.U64.C65 2003; Moffitt PN1995.9.U64.C65 2003; PFA PN1995.9.U64.C65 2003)

Apollo 13 (1995)
Directed by Ron Howard. Cast: Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, Ed Harris, Kathleen Quinlan. Based on true events, this film tells the story of the three astronauts Jim Lovell (1928-), Fred Haise (1933-), and Jack Swigert (1931-1982) who were stranded 205,000 miles from Earth in a crippled spacecraft (April 11 - April 17, 1970) fighting a desperate battle to survive. Meanwhile, at Mission Control, astronaut Ken Mattingly, flight director Gene Kranz and a heroic ground crew raced against time, and the odds, to bring them home safely. Based on the book: Lost moon, by Jim Lovell & Jeffrey Kluger. 140 min. DVD 950
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Awards
Directors Guild of America, USA - Outstanding Directorial Achievement

Bobby (2006)
Directed by Emilio Estevez. Cast: Harry Belafonte, Joy Bryant, Nick Cannon, Emilio Estevez, Laurence Fishburne, Brian Geraghty, Heather Graham, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Hunt, Joshua Jackson, David Krumholtz, Ashton Kutcher, Shia LaBeouf, Lindsay Lohan, William H. Macy, Demi Moore, Freddy Rodriguez, Martin Sheen, Christian Slater, Sharon Stone, Elijah Wood. Revisits the night presidential-hopeful Robert F. Kennedy (1925 - 1968) was assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel in 1968. As the lives of those who were present dramatically intersect, Bobby shows how the gunshots that rang out that night forever changed the course of American history. Special features: 'Bobby' : the making of an American epic ; Eyewitness accounts from the Ambassador Hotel ; theatrical trailer. 119 min. DVD 7463
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Cry Freedom. (UK, 1987)
Directed by Richard Attenborough. Cast: Denzel Washington and Kevin Kline. Based on books Biko and Asking for Trouble by Donald Woods. Director, Richard Attenborough. Story of South African Black activist Stephen Biko (1946-1977) and liberal White newspaper editor Donald Woods (1933 - 2001)who risks his own life to bring Biko's message to the world. 157 min. DVD 8406; vhs 999:226
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The Doors (1992)
Director, Oliver Stone. Featuring, Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan, Kevin Dillon, Kyle MacLachlan, Frank Whaley, Michael Madsen, Billy Idol, Kathleen Quinlan. Biographical film about one of the most exciting and controversial figures of the '60s, Jim Morrison. With his rock and roll band, The Doors, he influenced the rock music scene as no other group had. 181 min. DVD 770
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Four Days in September (O Que É Isso, Companheiro?) (Brazil / USA, 1997)
Directed by Bruno Barreto. Cast: Alan Arkin, Pedro Cardoso, Fernanda Torres, Claudia Abreu, Luiz Fernando Guimaraes, Caroline Kava, Fisher Stevens. Based on true life events, political terrorists in a desperate bid to focus the world's attention on their fight for freedom, kidnap an American Ambassador in 1969. Now, the diplomat's life hangs in the balance, helplessly caught between a government unwilling to cooperate and his fear of the captors themselves! 107 min. DVD X4604; vhs 999:3299
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JFK (1991)
Directed by Oliver Stone. Cast: Kevin Costner, Kevin Bacon, Tommy Lee Jones, Laurie Metcalf, Gary Oldman, Michael Rooker, Jay O. Sanders, Sissy Spacek. Director Oliver Stone seamlessly blends archival film with acted sequences in his version of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963), which alleges that there was a massive plot and cover-up surrounding JFK's death. Based on the books "On the trail of the assassins" by Jim Garrison (1921 - 1992) and "Crossfire: the plot that killed Kennedy" by Jim Marrs. 209 min. DVD 772; vhs 999:1260
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Goodbye Bafana (Germany | France | Belgium | South Africa | Italy | UK | Luxembourg, 2007)
Directed by Bille August. Cast: Joseph Fiennes, Dennis Haysbert, Diane Kruger, Shiloh Henderson, Patrick Lyster, Faith Ndukwana. Based on a true story, tracks the unlikely but profound relationship between James Gregory (1941--), a racist South African jailer, and his prisoner, Nelson Mandela (1918--). Gregory is ordered to spy on Mandela because he understands Mandela's native language. No one expected a frienship would grow between these two very different men. Based on the memoirs of Nelson Mandela's prison guard written by Bob Graham and James Gregory. 118 min. DVD X4430
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Lumumba (France / Belgium / Germany / Haiti; 2000)
Directed by Raoul Peck. Cast: Eriq Ebouaney, Alex Descas, Maka Kotto, Theophile Moussa Sowie, Andre Debaar. Dramatizes the life of Congolese revolutionary, Patrice Lumumba (1925-1961), who led his country to independence from Belgium in 1960. He served for less than a year as the first elected prime minister, until he was brutally assassinated. In French with English subtitles. 115 min. DVD 1592
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See Also: Documentary film by Raoul Peck, Lumumba: Death of a Prophet

Made in Degenham (UK, 2010)
Directed by Nigel Cole. Cast: Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins, Miranda Richardson, Geraldine James, Rosamund Pike, Andrea Riseborough, Daniel Mays, Jaime Winstone, Lorraine Stanley. Dramatizes the true story of Rita O'Grady who became the leader of a strike by the women of the Ford plant in Dagenham, England for pay equal to their male counterparts. Their 1968 strike played a major role in the battle for equal pay, both nationally and internationally. 104 min. DVD X5698
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Malcolm X (1992)
Directed by Spike Lee. Starring Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Albert Hall, Al Freeman. Screen version of the life of Malcolm X (1925-1965), who through his religious conversion to Islam, found the strength to rise up from a criminal past to become an influential civil rights leader. 201 min. DVD 148; vhs 999:769
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Panther (1995)
Directed by Mario Van Peebles; script by Melvin Van Peebles. Cast: Kadeem Hardison, Bokeem Woodbine, Joe Don Baker, Courtney B. Vance, Marcus Chong, Tyrin Turner, James Russo, Mefertiti, M. Emmet Walsh. The story of the rise and fall of a 1960s black radical movement that captured the imagination of its time. Memoirs by its founders and others have suggested that the Black Panthers never had the power or numbers they claimed, but they served a historic purpose, creating the image of an armed, militant "self-defense" group that was an alternative to the nonviolent philosophy of Martin Luther King [from Roger Ebert's review, Chicago Sun Times, 5/03/1995. vhs 999:1629
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Rojo amanecer(Red Dawn) (Mexico, 1989)
Directed by Jorge Fons. Cast: Maria Rojo, Demian Bichir, Eduardo Palomo, Bruno Bichir, Hector Bonilla (Humberto), Jorge Fegan, Ademar Arau, Carlos Cardan, Martha Aura. Set entirely in the city residence of a notable, but not ruling-class family of Mexico, this docu-drama explores what happened during the terrible events of October 2, 1968, which ended in a student massacre in the Plaza de Tlatelolco. In the story, the family's two college-aged boys are ardent advocates of change. Despite the vigorous warnings of their parents, the boys have left to attend a street meeting. The family looks out onto the street as the dramatic events unfold. 96 min. DVD 9785; Video/C 3446
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Steal This Movie (2000)
Directed by Robert Greenwald; featuring Vincent D'Onofrio, Janeane Garofalo, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Donal Logue, Kevin Corrigan, Kevin Pollak. A unique dramatized journey into the life of activist radical Abbie Hoffman (1936 - 1989) as he battles for social justice and travels thru the maze of music and politics that defined the late sixties and early seventies. 107 min. DVD 534
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Strike (Strajk - Die Heldin von Danzig) (Germany | Poland, 2006)
Directed by Volker Schlöndorff. Cast: Katharina Thalbach, Andrzej Chyra, Dominque Horwitz, Andrzej Grabowski, Dariusz Kowalski, Ewa Telega, Wojciech Pszoniak. Based on historical events, tells the story of Agnieszka Kowalska (Anna Walentynowicz [1929-2010]). An illiterate single mother, Agnieszka is a Socialist "heroine of labor" for working long hours as a shipyard welder... until her superiors deny compensation to the widows of 21 workers killed in an industrial disaster. Risking her job, her life, and the love of her son to defy the bureacracy, Agnieszka inspires the largest labor strike in world history... and becomes a national hero. 108 min. DVD X3784
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Talk To Me (1983)
Directed by Kasi Lemmons. Cast: Taraji P. Henson, Cedric the Entertainer, Martin Sheen. Based on the true story of outspoken ex-convict and iconic radio personality Ralph Waldo "Petey" Greene. This powerful biopic details the life and career of the media figure whose voice instilled the black community with hope during the turbulent 1960s. After talking his way onto the Washington, D.C. airwaves in the era of free love Greene, emboldened by the inspirational soul music and rapidly-expanding social consciousness that defined the decade, openly courts controversy as his put-upon producer Dewey Hughes runs interference. Special features: Deleted scenes; "Who is Petey Greene?" featurette; recreating P-Town. 119 min. DVD 9600
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Thirteen Days (2000)
Directed by Roger Donaldson. Cast: Kevin Costner, Bruce Greenwood, Steven Culp, Dylan Baker, Michael Fairman, Kevin Conway, Walter Adrian. October 1962, for thirteen extraordinary days the world stood on the brink of destruction. Krushchev wouldn't back down, President Kennedy wouldn't give in. Inspired by the real-life events that took place inthe Kennedy White House during the Cuban missile crisis. Special features: filmmaker commentary with Kevin Costner, Roger Donaldson, David Self and others ;historical figures commentary featuring archival audio of John F. Kennedy, Robert McNamara, Kenneth P.O'Donnell, and newly created interviews with Pierre Salinger, Sergei Khrushchev and many others ; documentary 'Roots of the Cuban Missile Crisis' ;documentary 'Bringing history to the silver screen' ;historical figures biography gallery ; visual effects scene demonstrations ; deleted scenes with director commentary ; cast and crew filmographies ; theatrical trailers ; script to screen screenplay ; interactive menus. 142 min. DVD 837
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The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald(TV, 1977)
Directed by David Greene, Gordon Davidson. Cast: Lorne Greene, Ben Gazzara, John Pleshette. Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald: It would have been one of the most revealing criminal trials in American history. But a single gunshot prevented it from taking place. This extraordinary drama dares to ask what would have happened if Lee Harvey Oswald had lived to stand trial for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. 192 min. DVD X4852; vhs 999:1041
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Der Tunnel (The Tunnel) (Germany,2001)
Directed by Roland Suso Richter. Cast: Heino Ferch, Nicolette Krebitz, Sebastian Koch, Alexandra Maria Lara, Claudia Michelsen, Felix Eitner, Mehmet Kurtulus. Set in East Berlin in 1961, the film tells the story of a champion swimmer who, with his engineer friend, masterminds an attempt to dig a tunnel under the Berlin Wall through which some two dozen people hope to escape to the West. Based on true events. 160 min. DVD X4741
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A World Apart (UK / Zimbabwe, 1988)
Directed by Chris Menges. Cast: Barbara Hershey, David Suchet, Jeroen Krabbe, Paul Freeman, Tim Roth, Jodhi May. Set in South Africa in 1963, this docudrama tells the true story of idealistic journalist Ruth First Slovo who defies the government and becomes the first woman arrested under the 90-day Detention Act-- both a story of government abuse and a look at one mother's neglect of her family because of her involvement with a larger cause. 113 min. DVD 5545
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Z (Algeria / France, 1969)
Directed by Costa-Gavras. Cast: Yves Montand, Irene Papas, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Francois Perier, Jacques Perrin, Charles Denner, Pierre Dux, Georges Geret. Based on the 1966 novel of the same name by Vassilis Vassilikos. The film presents a thinly fictionalized account of the events surrounding the assassination of democratic Greek politician Gregoris Lambrakis in 1963. With its satirical view of Greek politics, its dark sense of humor, and its chilling ending, the film captures the sense of outrage about the military dictatorship that ruled Greece at the time of its making.[1]127 min. DVD 5533; vhs 999:548
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Zodiac(2007)
Directed by David Fincher. Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards, Robert Downey Jr., Brian Cox, John Carroll Lynch, Chloe Sevigny, Ed Setrakian, John Getz, John Terry, Candy Clark, Elias Koteas, Dermot Mulroney, Donal Logue. A serial killer in the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 1960s taunts police with his letters and cryptic messages. Looks into the lives of the four men most effected by the killer: San Francisco PD Homicide, David Toschi and William Armstrong, the San Francisco Chronicle reporters Paul Avery and Robert Graysmith. Displays the psychological and emotional effects of the killings, as well as the endless procedural details of the investigation (handwriting experts, the "2500" suspects), the letters sent to the San Francisco Chronicle by Zodiac and the work of a 20+ year investigation that wears down and whittles away at any kind of normal life for Toshi and Graysmith. Both men are obsessed with Zodiac and both pay for this obsession with the hard years and loves lost and never regained. Based on the book by Robert Graysmith. 157 min. DVD 8138
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Vietnam War

The films below are based at least marginally on real events and people. For purely fictional dramatizations of the war in Vietnam, SEE War movies

Bat*21 (1988)

Directed by Peter Markle. Cast: Gene Hackman, Danny Glover, Jerry Reed. Vietnam, 1968. Based on a true story of a middle-aged air force officer, LTC Iceal Hambleton, who's never seen combat before. He is stranded behind enemy lines and all he can do is wait and hope. Then a voice crackles over his radio, and he has found a friend. 105 min. DVD 4258
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Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
Director: Oliver Stone. Cast: Tom Cruise, Kyra Sedgwick, Raymond J. Barry, Jerry Levine, Frank Whaley, Caroline Kava, Willem Dafoe. Follows the young Ron Kovic (1946--) from his days as a zealous teen who eagerly joins up for the Vietnam War, to his return from the war as an embittered veteran, paralyzed from mid-chest down. Chronicles his disillusionment with the country's continued involvement in Vietnam, his physical struggle and his emergence as a brave new voice for thousands of disenchanted vets. 145 min. DVD 769; VHS 999:740
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A Bright Shining Lie (1998)
Director: Terry George. Cast: Bill Paxton, Amy Madigan, Vivian Wu, Donal Logue, Eric Bogosian, Kurtwood Smith, Robert J. Burke, James Rebhorn, Ed Lauter, Harve Presnell, Pichariva A dramatization based on true events of LTC John Paul Vann and his work as a military and civilian advisor in Vietnam over a ten year period (1962-72). As a military advisor, Vann attempted to fight corruption in the Vietnamese army, recognizing the need to build trust among the Vietnamese peasantry. When his recommendations were ignored by the U.S. military, he exposed falsified battle reports and other deceptions to a New York Times reporter, effectively ending his military career. As the war escalated, however, Vann returned to Vietnam as a civilian advisor under Nixon's "Vietnamization" program, ending as the defacto commander of Vietnamese forces in the successful defense of the Central Highlands during the 1972 Easter Offensive. Based on the book by Neil Sheehan (Main Stack DS558.S471 1988; Moffitt DS558.S47 1988)Videocassette release of the May 30, 1998 television motion picture. 118 min. DVD X2864; vhs 999:2689Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Casualties of War (1989)
Director: Brian DePalma; featuring Michael J. Fox, Sean Penn, Don Harvey, John C. Reilly, John Leguizamo, Thuy Thu Le. Based on the true story of a squad of soldiers caught in the moral quagmire of wartime Vietnam. Witness to the gang rape and murder of a Vietnamese civilian, Private Ericksson is forced to stand alone against his fellow soldiers and commanding officer Sergeant Meserve in this devastating and unforgettable tale of one man's quest for sanity and justice amidst the chaos of war. Based upon the book by Daniel Lang. 120 min. DVD X2855; vhs vhs 999:2689
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Hamburger Hill (1987)
Directed by John Irvin. Cast: Anthony Barrile, Michael Patrick Boatman, Don Cheadle, Michael Dolan, Don James, Dylan McDermott, M.A. Nickles, Harry O'Reilly, Daniel O'Shea, Tim Quill, Tommy Swerdlow, Courtney B. Vance, Steven Weber, Tegan West. Filmed on location in the Philippines and at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Washington D.C. Based on true events (May 10-20, 1969), fourteen American soldiers in Vietnam battle for a mud-covered mound of earth in this most realistic portrayal of the Vietnam War. They are fighting for their country, their fellow soldiers and their lives for ten days with 70% casualities in this true account of war at its worst, and men at their best. 110 min. DVD 8280
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The Hanoi Hilton (1987)
Directed by Lionel Chetwynd. Cast: Michael Moriarty, Jeffrey Jones, Paul Le Mat, Stephen Davies, Lawrence Pressman, Aki Aleong, Gloria Carlin, John Diehl, Rick Fitts, David Soul. Based on true events, this drama focuses on the sufferings, torture and brutal treatment American P.O.W.s had to deal with daily while in North Vietnam's Hoa Lo Prison, the most infamous prisoner of war camp in Hanoi. The film focuses on the resistance the prisoners gave to their captors and the strong bonds formed by the Americans during their captivity. Produced as a tribute to all Americans who served in the Vietnam War. Special DVD features: "Perseverance of strength: a conversation with John McCain" (20 min.) The Arizona Senator talks with writer/director Lionel Chetwynd about his POW experiences at the real-life Hanoi Hilton.126 min. DVD X2857; vhs 999:3217
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Bayles, Martha. "The Road to Rambo III." New Republic; 7/18/88-7/25/88, Vol. 199 Issue 3/4, p30-35, 6p
Edelman, Rob. "The Hanoi Hilton." Cineaste 15:4 (1987) p. 49

Rescue Dawn (US, 2006)
Directed by Werner Herzog. Cast: Christian Bale, Steve Zahn, Jeremy Davies. When U.S. fighter pilot Dieter Dengler escapes death after being shot down over one of the most intense front lines in the Vietnam War, his troubles were just beginning. He is taken captive by the Vietnamese Army and is forced to endure a harrowing stint in a Vietnamese prison camp. Dengler and a small band of his fellow captives stage a death-defying escape. Based on true events. Special features: Commentary by director Werner Herzog and interviewer Norman Hill; deleted scenes; the making of the true story; "Unfinished business: telling Dieter's story", "Strength of character", "War stories", "What would Dieter do?", deleted scenes. (See also: Little Dieter Knows How to Fly documentary on which this movie was based DVD 994) 125 min. DVD 9326
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Doherty, Thomas. "Rescue Dawn." Cineaste, Fall2007, Vol. 32 Issue 4, p48-50, 3p UCB users only
Lane, Anthony."Rescue Dawn." New Yorker, 8/13/2007, Vol. 83 Issue 23, p16-17, 2p UCB users only
Zalewski, Daniel. "The Ecstatic Truth." New Yorker, 4/24/2006, Vol. 82 Issue 10, p124-139, 15p

We Were Soldiers (2002)
Directed by Randall Wallace. Cast: Mel Gibson, Madeleine Stowe, Greg Kinnear, Sam Elliott, Chris Klein, Keri Russell, Barry Pepper, Don Duong, Ryan Hurst. Lt. Col. Hal Moore is the commander of the First Battalion, Seventh Cavalry. As part of the Pleiku Campaign of late 1965, Moore is assigned to action at Landing Zone X-Ray in the Ia Drang Valley, an area known to be overrun by North Vietnamese troops and nicknamed "The Valley of Death." Moore soon finds himself and his men contained to an area about the size of a football field, surrounded by more than 2,000 enemy troops and engaged in the first major battle of the war. Heroism becomes the order of the day as the men refuse to yield, in spite of heavy losses of life. 138 min. DVD 1317
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1971-1980

Hasan, Zia. "The 1970s." In: The Columbia companion to American history on film : how the movies have portrayed the American past / edited by Peter C. Rollins. New York : Columbia University Press, c2003. (Media Center PN1995.9.U64.C65 2003; Doe Refe PN1995.9.U64.C65 2003; Moffitt PN1995.9.U64.C65 2003; PFA PN1995.9.U64.C65 2003)

Against the Wall (HBO, 1994)
Directed by John Frankenheimer. Cast: Kyle MacLachlan, Samuel L. Jackson, Clarence Williams III. Michael Smith follows in his father's and uncle's footsteps and takes a guard position at the "town factory" -- Attica Correctional Facility. It's 1971 and when complaints from the inmates about the prison's conditions are ignored, a violent bloodbath insues with the guards taken hostage. 111 min. vhs 999:3349
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All the President's Men (1976)
Directed by Alan Pakula. Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jack Warden, Martin Balsam, Hal Holbrook, Jason Robards, Jane Alexander. A dramatic reconstruction of the true story of the discovery of the White House link with the Watergate affair by two young reporters from the Washington Post, Bob Woodward (1943--) and Carl Bernstein (1944--). 127 min. DVD 1045; vhs 999:451
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And the Band Played On.
Based on the book by Randy Shilts (Anthropology RA644.A25.S481 1987; Main Stack RA644.A25.S481 1987; Moffitt RA644.A25.S48 1988; Public Hlth RA644.A25.S48 1988) Follows the struggle of a handful of strong-willed men and women who took on the fight to save lives in the face of a mysterious illness now called AIDS. 140 min. DVD X3661; vhs 999:969

The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004)
Directed by Niels Mueller. Cast: Sean Penn, Don Cheadle, Naomi Watts, Jack Thompson, Brad Hanke, Michael Wincott, Mykelti Williamson, April Grace, Lily Knight, Jared Dorrance. Based on real-life events tells the tragic story of Sam Bicke (1930-1974), a disillusioned salesman who in 1972 concocted a plot to kill then-President Nixon by hi-jacking a plane to fly over the White House and drop a gas bomb. 95 min. DVD 5573
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Baader (Germany / UK, 2002)
Directed by Christopher Roth. Cast: Frank Giering, Laura Tonke, Vadim Glowna, Birge Schade. A fact-based drama that conveys a lot about the life, thinking and hopes of those who became known as terrorists in the Red Army Faction (RAF), people who thought of themselves as terrorists when they were still only a group of bourgeois youngsters looking for their way. Non-US Format DVD (PAL, Region 2.) 110 min. DVD 4569
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Preece, Julian. "Between Identification and Documentation, 'Autofiction' and 'Biopic': The Lives of the RAF." German Life & Letters; Oct2003, Vol. 56 Issue 4, p363, 14p UC users only
Rasch, Ilka. "The Generation Gap: The Reappropriation of the Red Army Faction in Contemporary German Film." In: Generational shifts in contemporary German culture / edited by Laurel Cohen-Pfister and Susanne Vees-Gulani. Rochester, N.Y. : Camden House, 2010. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PT111 .G36 2010)
Stott, Rosemary. "Revolutionary Fiction: The Baader Meinhof Complex and other representations of the Red Army Faction in German film." Twentieth Century Communism, May2010, p180-196, 17p

The Baader Meinhof Complex (Der Baader Meinhof Komplex) (Germany | France | Czech Republic, 2008)
Directed by Uli Edel. Cast: Martina Gedeck, Moritz Bleibtreu, Johanna Wokalek, Nadja Uhl, Stipe Erceg, Niels Bruno Schmidt, Vinzenz Kiefer, Simon Licht, Alexandra Maria Lara, Daniel Lommatzsch, Sebastian Blomberg, Heino Ferch, Jan Josef Liefers, Hannah Herzsprung, Tom Schilling, Bruno Ganz. Germany 1967: murderous bomb attacks, the threat of terrorism, and the fear of the enemy inside are rocking the very foundations of the still-fragile German democracy. The radicalized children of the Nazi generation, led by Andreas Baader, Ulrike Meinhof, and Gudrun Ensslin, are fighting a violent war against what they perceive as the new face of fascism. The man who understands them is also their hunter, the head of the German police force, Horst Herold. And while he succeeds in his relentless pursuit of the young terrorists, he knows he's only dealing with the tip of the iceberg. Based on the book by Stefan Aust. Bonus features: Disc 1. The making of The Baader Meinhof complex. Disc 2. The actors on their roles; Scoring Baader; On authenticity; Behind the scenes; Interview with author Stefan Aust; Interview with writer-producer Bernd Eichinger. 149 min. DVD X2915
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Bloody Sunday (UK / Ireland, 2002)
Directed by Paul Greengrass. Cast: James Nesbitt, Tim Pigott-Smith, Nicholas Farrell, Gerard Mcsorley, Kathy Keira Clarke. A dramatic recreation of the events of "Bloody Sunday", Jan. 30, 1972, when British troops fired on unarmed protesters in Derry, Northern Ireland. By the end of the day, 13 civilians were dead and 14 more wounded in the tumult and tragedy of Northern Ireland's darkest day. 110 min. DVD 6469
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Aileen, Blaney. "Remembering Historical Trauma in Paul Greengrass's Bloody Sunday." History & Memory, Fall2007, Vol. 19 Issue 2, p113-138, 26p UC users only
Fuller, Graham. "Over the Edge, Into the Abyss." Film Comment, Sep/Oct2002, Vol. 38 Issue 5, p48, 5p UC users only
Greenlaw, Duncan. ""Until Justice Is Done": Authenticity And Memory in Paul Greengrass's Bloody Sunday and United 93." Canadian Journal of Film Studies, Fall2010, Vol. 19 Issue 2, p2-25, 24 UC users only
Sutherland, Heather. "Embedded' actors as markers of authenticity: Acting the real in 'Troubles' docudramas." Studies in Documentary Film, 2010, Vol. 4 Issue 3, p267-281, 15p UC users only

Buongiorno, notte (Good Morning, Night) (Italy, 2003)
Directed by Marco Bellocchio. Cast: Maya Sansa, Luigi Lo Cascio, Robert Herlitzka, Paolo Briguglia, Pier Giorgio Bellocchio, Giovanni Calcagno. A young woman, Chiara, moves into a new apartment with her husband. She conceals her true identity as a member of the Red Brigades, Italy's terrorist underground, which is currently planning to kidnap the Prime Minister. Based upon true events in 1978, the kidnapping and murder of Italy's former Prime Minister Aldo Moro. 103 min. DVD 5557
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Capitães de abril (April captains) (Spain / Italy / France / Portugal, 2000)
Directed by Maria de Medeiros. Cast: Stefano Accorsi, Maria de Medeiros, Joaquim de Almeida, Frédéric Pierrot. In Portugal, on the night of April 24, 1974 and into the early morning hours of the 25th, a Portuguese radio station aired a banned song - Grandola. It was a pre-planned signal, triggering a military coup that was to change the face of Portugal. A dramatization of the 1974 coup that overthrew the right-wing Portuguese dictatorship --which continued the fascist policies of long-time dictator Antonio Salazar --and of two young army captains who were involved in it. 90 min. DVD X979
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Frost/Nixon (2008)
Directed by Ron Howard. Cast: Cast Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Kevin Bacon, Rebecca Hall, Toby Jones, Matthew Macfadyen, Oliver Platt, Sam Rockwell, Clint Howard, Patty McCormack, Andy Milder. Richard Nixon is the disgraced president with a legacy to save. David Frost is a jet-setting television personality with a name to make. This is the legendary battle between the two men and the historic encounter that changed both their lives. For three years after resigning from office, Nixon remained silent. But in the summer of 1977, the steely, cunning former commander-in-chief agreed to sit for one all-inclusive interview. As cameras roll, a charged battle of wits begins. Based on the stage play by Peter Morgan. Bonus features: Deleted scenes ; The making of Frost/Nixon ; The real interview ; The Nixon library ; feature commentary with director Ron Howard. 123 min. DVD X1744
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Briley, Ron. "Frost/Nixon." Journal of American History, Jun2009, Vol. 96 Issue 1, p322-323, 2p UC users only
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The Frost/Nixon interviews, May 1977 DVD 8266
Edited transcript of David Frost's interview with Richard Nixon, May 1977
Frost, David. Frost/Nixon : behind the scenes of the Nixon interviews / Sir David Frost with Bob Zelnick. New York : Harper Perennial, c2007. ( Main (Gardner) Stacks E855 .F75 2007)
Morgan, Peter. Frost/Nixon London : Faber and Faber, 2006. ( Main (Gardner) Stacks PR6113.O745 F76 2006)
Reston, James. The conviction of Richard Nixon : the untold story of the Frost/Nixon interviews / James Reston, Jr. New York : Harmony Books, c2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks E856 .R47 2007)

In the Name of the Father (Ireland / UK, 1993)
Directed by Jim Sheridan. Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Emma Thompson, Terry George and Jim Sheridan. The fact-based story of Gerry Conlon, a petty thief from Belfast. When he angers the IRA, his father sends him to England where, caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, he is accused of a terrorist bombing and forced to confess. He and his father, along with friends of Gerry, are found guilty and sentenced to life in prison in 1975 as members of the "Guildford Four". Behind bars, Gerry works for 15 years with the help of a dedicated lawyer, to clear their names. Based on the autobiographical book Proved Innocent by Gerry Conlon. 185 min. DVD X1059; vhs 999:2052
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Killing Fields (1984)
Directed by Roland Joffe Cast: Sam Waterston, Dr. Haing S. Ngor, Craig T. Nelson, John Malkovich, Athol Fugard. Dith Pran is an aid, translator and friend of two journalists (Sydney Schanberg and Alan 'Al' Rockoff) who are covering the war in Cambodia in 1973. He saves them from execution but they in turn cannot save him. He is eventually exiled to the labor camps in Cambodia's countryside, where he endures four years of starvation, torture and war before escaping to Thailand. Based on the novel "The Death and Life of Dith Pran" by Sydney Schanberg (ANTH: DS554.8 .S331 1985; MAIN: DS554.8 .S331 1985) 142 min. DVD 6935; 999:762
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Awards
Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actor (Haing S. Ngor)
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Film; Best Actor (Haing S. Ngor)
Golden Globes - Best Supporting Actor (Haing S. Ngor)
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Supporting Actor (John Malkovich )

The Last King of Scotland (UK, 2006)
Directed by Kevin Macdonald. Cast: Forest Whitaker, James McAvoy, Kerry Washington, Gillian Anderson, Simon McBurney, David Oyelowo, Abby Mukiibi, Adam Kotz, Barbara Rafferty, David Ashton. Chronicles Idi Amin's (mid-1920s-2003) rise and fall. Amin's despotic reign of terror is viewed through the eyes of Nicholas Garrigan, a Scottish doctor who arrives in Uganda in the early 1970s to serve as Amin's personal physician. His perspective as an outsider causes him to be initially impressed by Amin's calculated rise to power and he grows increasingly monstrous. A pointed examination of how independent Uganda (a British colony until 1962) became a breeding ground for Amin's genocidal tyranny. Amin is both seductive and horribly destructive. Garrigan grows increasingly prone to exploitation. 123 min. DVD 7376
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Awards

Academy Award - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actor
Golden Globes, USA - Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actor
National Board of Review, USA - Best Actor
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Actor
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Actor

Marianne and Julianne (Die Bleierne Zeit) (West Germany, 1981)
Director, Margarethe von Trotta. Cast: Barbara Sukowa, Jutta Lampe, Rudiger Vogler, Doris Schade, Verenice Rudolph, Luc Bondy. Based on true events this film presents the relationship between two sisters caught up in the turmoil of Germany in the 1970s. The details of the personalities of the two main characters and their development parallels the personal history of the Ensslin sisters: Gudrun (Marianne in the film) who was imprisoned as a terrorist in the Stammheim prison where she died, supposedly a suicide, in the Fall of 1977; Christiane (Julianne in the film) who worked for some time as an editor of a women's magazine, "Emma," and was determined to prove that her sister did not kill herself. 102 min. vhs 999:2902
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Milk (2008)
Director, Gus Van Sant. Cast: Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin, Diego Luna, James Franco. Profiles the life of Harvey Milk (1930 -1978), a middle-aged New Yorker who, after moving to San Francisco, became a Gay Rights activist and city politician. On his third attempt, he was elected to San Francisco's Board of Supervisors in 1977. His election made him the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in the United States. The following year, both he and the city's mayor, George Moscone, were shot to death by former city supervisor, Dan White (1946 - 1985), who blamed his former colleagues for denying White's attempt to rescind his resignation from the board. 129 min. DVD X1378
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Academy Awards - Best Actor
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actor
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actor
National Board of Review, USA - Best Actor
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Actor
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Picture; Best Actor
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award - Best Picture; Best Director

Black, Dustin Lance. Milk : the shooting script . / screenplay by Dustin Lance Black ; introd. by Gus van Sant. New York : Newmarket Press, c2008. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.2 .M52 2008)

Munich (2005)
Directed by Steven Spielberg. Cast: Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Ciaran Hinds, Mathieu Kassovitz, Hanns Zischler, Ayelet Zurer, Geoffrey Rush. Inspired by real events, reveals the intense story of the secret Israeli squad assigned to track down and assassinate the Palestinians believed to have planned the 1972 Munich massacre of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics -- and the personal toll this mission of revenge takes on the team and the man who led it. 164 min. DVD 5564
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Nixon (1995)
Directed by Oliver Stone. Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Joan Allen, Powers Boothe, Ed Harris, James Woods. Drama about the fall of President Richard Nixon (1913-1994) portrayed as a complex man whose chance at greatness was ultimately destroyed by his passion for power-- when his involvement in conspiracy jeopardizes the nation's security and the presidency of the United States. 191 min. DVD 775; vhs 999:1440
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Patty Hearst (1988)
Director, Paul Schrader. Cast: Natasha Richardson, William Forsythe, Ving Rhames, Frances Fisher, Jodi Long. Explores the crime/political/media story of the '70s: the kidnapping and mental torture of newspaper heiress Patty Hearst (1954-) by the Symbionese Liberation Army ... and her subsequent transformation into a gun-wielding revolutionary called Tania. Based on the book "Every secret thing" by Patricia Campbell Hearst with Alvin Moscow. 108 min. DVD X4810; vhs 999:3271
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Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999)
Directed by Martyn Burke Cast: Noah Wyle, Anthony Michael Hall, Joey Slotnick, John DiMaggio, Josh Hopkins. This film is a semi-humorous docudrama about the men who pioneered an industry that literally transformed the entire world: Apple Computer founders Steve Jobs (1955--) and Steve Wozniak (1950--) and Microsoft's Bill Gates (1955--) and Steve Ballmer (1956--). Looks at their struggles during college, the founding of their companies, and the ingenious actions they took to build up their global corporate personal computer empires. Based on the book: Fire in the Valley by Paul Freiberger and Michael Swaine. 96 min. DVD X38
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Secret Honor: A Political Myth (1984)
Directed by Robert Altman. Cast: Philip Baker Hall. A dramatization of the life of Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994) in the final hours before his resignation from the U.S. presidency. The plot theorizes that Nixon did not resign because of the Watergate cover-up but was motivated instead by his secret decision to thwart the plans of a cabal of businessmen to continue their control of the White House. 90 min. DVD X4311; vhs 999:201
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Sword of Gideon (Canada | USA | France, 1986)
Directed by Michael Anderson. Cast: Steven Bauer, Michael York, Colleen Dewhurst, Laurent Malet, Rod Steiger. In the wake of the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre of Israeli athletes, five lethal experts are assembled by the Israeli intelligence agency to execute eleven known terrorists. Based on true events. Based on the book Vengeance by George Jonas. 172 min. DVD X6087
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Other Fictional Films Set in this time period
Dust of Life (Poussières de vie)(France | Algeria | Belgium | Germany | Hong Kong, 1995) DVD X6081
Kippur (Israel / France, 2000) DVD 801
El Violin (The Violin) (Mexico, 2006) DVD 9839

1981-1990

Palmer, William J. "The 1980s." In: The Columbia companion to American history on film : how the movies have portrayed the American past / edited by Peter C. Rollins. New York : Columbia University Press, c2003. (Media Center PN1995.9.U64.C65 2003; Doe Refe PN1995.9.U64.C65 2003; Moffitt PN1995.9.U64.C65 2003; PFA PN1995.9.U64.C65 2003)

9th Company (9 rota) (Finland | Russia | Ukraine, 2005)
Directed by Fyodor Bondarchuk. Cast: Artur Smolyaninov, Alexei Chadov, Konstantin Kryukov, Ivan Kokorin, Ivan Kokorin, Artyom Mikhalkov, Mikhail Porechenkov ... [et al.]. Based on a true story of the 9th company during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in the 1980s. Young Soviet Army recruits are sent from boot camp directly into the war in Afghanistan. Real war is not like boot camp at all. This inexperienced company is sent to defend a difficult position, a task which may be beyond their capabilities. 140 min. DVD X5015
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Bandit Queen (India / UK, 1995)
Directed by Shekhar Kapur. A dramatization of the life story of the female dacoit, Phoolan Devi (1963-2001). Born of low caste in the Chambal River Valley of India, 11 year-old Phoolan is sold into marriage with a man 20 years her senior. Challenging her fate, she escapes and falls in with a pack of ruthless bandits but the political structure of the male-dominated gang comes with its own set of brutal humiliations, and Phoolan must struggle to rise above a culture determined to bring her down, in a bloody coup that electrified a nation. 119 min. vhs 999:1441
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Barbarians at the Gate(TV, 1993)
Directed by Ben Younger. Cast: James Garner, Jonathan Pryce, Peter Riegert, Joanna Cassidy. In the 1980s, everyone was making the big bucks and F. Ross Johnson, CEO of RJR Nabisco, wants to make his fortune. He decides to buy out the Nabisco shareholders and take over his company in order to escape the tyranny of the stockholders. Johnson is introduced to the master of the leveraged buyout, Henry Kravis, but afraid of losing the company to this sharp dealer, he decides to make his move with Peter Cohen. Kravis mounts his own buy-out campaign, which leads to a battle for control of Nabisco. Based on the book: Barbarians at the gate / by Bryan Burrough and John Helyar. 107 min. DVD X3878
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Charlie Wilson's War (2007)
Directed by Mike Nichols. Cast: Tom Hanks, Amy Adams, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman. In the early 1980s, Charlie Wilson (1933--) is best known as a womanizing US congressional representative from Texas. He seemed to be in the minor leagues, except for the fact that he is a member of two major foreign policy and covert-ops committees. However, once Charlie is prodded by his major conservative supporter, Joanne Herring (1929--), Wilson learns about the plight of the people who are suffering from the effects of the brutal Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. With the help of the maverick CIA agent, Gust Avrakotos, Wilson dedicates his canny political efforts to supply the Afghan mujahideen with the weapons and support needed to defeat the Soviet Union. Ultimately, Charlie learns that while military victory can be obtained, there are other consequences and prices to that fight that are ignored to everyone's sorrow. Based on a true story. Based on the book by George Crile. 102 min. DVD 9627
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The Devil's Double (Belgium | Netherlands, 2011)
Directed by Lee Tamahori. Cast: Ludivine Sagnier, Dominic Cooper, Raad Rawi, Philip Quast, Mimoun Oaissa, Khalid Laith. Based on the life story of Latif Yahia (1964--). Summoned to Saddam Hussein's palace, Iraqi army lieutenant Yahia is thrust into the highest echelons of the 'royal family' when he's ordered to become the body double to Saddam's son, the notorious 'Black Prince' Uday Hussein (1964-2003), a reckless, sadistic, party-boy with a rabid hunger for sex and brutality. With his and his family's lives at stake, Latif must surrender his former self forever. But nothing could have prepared him for the horror of the Black Prince's psychotic, drug-addled life. 108 min. DVD X6788
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Downtown 81 (2000)
Directed by Edo Bertoglio. Performer: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Deborah Harry, Kid Creole, Tuxedomoon, James White, Saul Williams, Walter Steding, Anna Schroeder, John Lurie, DNA, The Plastics. A portrait of the explosive early-80's Manhattan art and music scene with the main focus on the provocative 19-year-old artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960 - 1988), already known for his excursions into street graffiti art and pioneering electro-beat. The film focuses on a day in the life of Basquiat, who needs to raise money to reclaim the apartment from which he has been evicted. He wanders the downtown streets carrying a painting he hopes to sell, encountering friends, who are on the cutting edge of new wave music, new painting, hip hop and graffiti. 72 min. DVD 1367
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H3 (Ireland, 2001)
Directed by Les Blair. Cast: Brendan Mackey, Dean Lennox Kelly, Aidan Campbell, Tony Devlin, Kevin Elliot, Mark O'Halloran, Mark McCrory, Gerry Doherty, Dan Gordon. In Europe's most secure prison, 400 young men must make a choice between life or justice. Seamus Scullion is the man chosen to select the names of his fellow prisoners in the H3 prison block who are ultimately prepared to die for what they believe in. "Based on the true events of the 1981 Maze hunger strikes, H3 is set in the H-Blocks of the Maze Prison in the North of Ireland during the period, early January 1981 up to the death of Bobby Sands on May 1981." 87 min. DVD X6012
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Hunger (UK | Ireland , 2008)
Directed by Steve McQueen. Cast: Michael Fassbender, Liam Cunningham. Based on true events. In Northern Ireland's Maze prison in 1981, 27-year-old Irish Republican Army member Bobby Sands went on a hunger strike to protest the British government's refusal to recognize him and his fellow IRA inmates as political prisoners. A transcedent depiction of what a human being is willing to endure in order to be heard. Special features: Video interviews with McQueen and actor Michael Fassbender; short documentary on the making of Hunger, including interviews with McQueen, Fassbender, actors Liam Cunningham, Stuart Graham and Brian Milligan, writer Enda Walsh, and producer Robin Gutch ; "The Provos' last card?:" a 1981 episodes of the BBC program Panorama, about the Maze prison hunger strikes and the political and civilian reactions across Northern Ireland; trailer. 96 min. DVD X2654
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Lebanon (Levanon) (Israel | France | Lebanon | Germany, 2009)
Director, Samuel Maoz. Cast: Amsallem Raymond, Michael Moshonov, Itay Tiran, Oshri Cohen, Yoav Donat. A hard-hitting film about the Lebanon war (1982). A lone tank and a paratroopers platoon are dispatched to search a hostile town - a simple mission that turns into a nightmare. The four members of a tank crew find themselves in a violent situation that they cannot contain. Motivated by fear and the basic instinct of survival, they desperately try not to lose themselves in the chaos of war. Based on a true story. 94 min. DVD X5123
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Nikolaikirche (Germany, 1995)
Directed by Frank Beyer. Cast: Barbara Auer, Ulrich Matthes, Daniel Minetti, Ulrich Muhe, Otto Sander, Ulrich Tukur et al. A dramatization of events in Leipzig, East-Germany in the year 1989 which eventually lead to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the unification of Germany. 133 min. vhs 999:2797
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Some Mother's Son(Ireland / USA, 1996)
Directed by Terry George. Cast: Helen Mirren, Fionnula Flanaghan, Aidan Gillen. Based on the true story of the 1981 hunger strike in a Britain prison, in which IRA prisoner Bobby Sands led a protest against the treatment of IRA prisoners as criminals rather than as prisoners of the war. 112 min. 999:3118
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Stander (Canada / Germany / South Africa / UK, 2003)
Directed by Bronwen Hughes. Cast: Tom Jane, Dexter Fletcher, David Patrick O'Hara, Deborah Kara Unger. Based on the true story of Andre Stander (1946 - 1984), a South African police officer who suffers a crisis of conscience after his involvement in a riot in Johannesburg. He goes from law enforcer to law breaker, becoming one of South Africa's most notorious bank robbers. 116 min. DVD 7318
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Waltz with Bashir
After not being able to recall the time he spent on an Israeli Army mission during the Lebanon War (1982), Israeli film director Ari Folman attempts to unravel the mystery by traveling around the world to interview old friends and comrades. As the pieces of the puzzle begin to come together, his memory begins to return in illustrations that are surreal. A docu/drama fusing animation with live action sequences. Written, directed & produced by Ari Folman. 2008. 87 min. DVD X1670

Awards
Golden Globe Awards: Best Foreign Language Film
National Society of Film Critics Awards: Best Film
Directors' Guild of America: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentaries
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Foreign Language Film; Best Animated Feature
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Animation

Other Fictional Films Set in this time period
Zhantai (Platform)(Hong Kong / China / Japan / France, 2000) DVD X456

1991--

Battle for Haditha (2007)
Director, Nick Broomfield. Cast: Elliot Ruiz, Falah Flayeh, Yasmine Hanani. A re-creation of the fateful day of Nov. 19, 2005, when Iraqi insurgents bombed a convoy of U.S. Marines in Haditha, resulting in the death of the company's most popular officer. Enraged by their loss, his comrades carry out a brutal retaliation; a massacre which leaves 24 men, women and children dead in Haditha, Iraq. Shot on location in Iraq, follows the story of the U.S. Marine Kilo Company, an Iraqi family, and the insurgents who plant the roadside bomb. Special features: Audio commentaries by Nick Broomfield and Elliot Ruiz; The making of Battle for Haditha; A soldier's story: in conversation with Eric Mehalacopoulos; casting tapes: Andrew McClaren; casting tapes: Elliot Ruiz; In the line of duty: an interview with Elliot Ruiz; theatrical trailer. 97 min. DVD X1014
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Battle in Seattle (2007)
Director, Stuart Townsend. Cast: André Benjamin, Jennifer Carpenter, Woody Harrelson, Martin Henderson, Ray Liotta, Michelle Rodriguez, Channing Tatum, Charlize Theron, Connie Nielsen, Rade Serbedzija. November, 1999. A peaceful demonstration to stop the World Trade Oraganization talks quickly escalates into a full-scale riot, and soon a State of Emergency is declared by the Mayor of Seattle. The streets are mayhem, and the WTO is paralyzed. Caught in the crossfire of civil liberties and keeping the peace are Seattle residents, including its beleaguered mayor, a SWAT riot officer on the streets and his pregnant wife. The choices they all make will change their lives forever. 98 min. DVD X1468
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Beyond the Gates (aka Shooting Dogs) (UK / Germany, 2005)
Director, Michael Caton-Jones. Cast: John Hurt, Hugh Dancy, Dominique Horwitz, Clare-Hope Ashitey. A powerful re-telling of the true events of the 1994 Rwanda genocide. In April 1994 the airplane of the Hutu President of Rwanda crashes and the Hutu militias slaughter the Tutsi population. In the Ecole Technique Officielle, Christopher, a Catholic priest and Joe Connor, an idealistic English teacher give sanctuary to twenty-five hundred Rwandans survivors in the school, which is under the protection of the UN Belgian force and under siege from the Hutu militia. When the Tutsi refugees are abandoned by the UN, they are murdered by the extremist militia. Filmed in the original location of the scenes it portrays with many survivors of the massacre employed as part of the production crew and in minor acting roles. 112 min. DVD 8785
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Black Friday: The Shocking Truth Behind the '93 Bombay Bomb Blasts (India, 2004)
Directed by Anurag Kashyap. Cast: Kay Kay Menon, Pawan Malhotra, Aditya Shrivastava. Explores the events following the March 2, 1993, bombings that ripped through Mumbai, India, offering a cinematic study on just how such a tragedy can change a city. A policeman, determined to apprehend the culprits responsible for a continuing series of bombings, discovers a powerful businessman has been shifting funds in the Mumbai underworld in order to finance the bombings. Based on Black Friday, the true story of the Bombay bomb blasts by S. Hussain Zaidi. 167 min. DVD X5083
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Black Hawk Down (2001)
Director, Ridley Scott. Cast: Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore, Eric Bana, William Fichtner, Ewen Bremner, Sam Shepard. With exacting detail, the film re-creates the American siege of the Somalian city of Mogadishu in October 1993, when a 45-minute mission turned into a 16-hour ordeal of bloody urban warfare. Helicopter-borne U.S. Rangers were assigned to capture key lieutenants of Somali warlord Muhammad Farrah Aidid, but when two Black Hawk choppers were felled by rocket-propelled grenades, the U.S. soldiers were forced to fend for themselves in the battle-torn streets of Mogadishu, attacked from all sides by armed Aidid supporters. 144 min. DVD 1199
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Crown Heights (TV, 2004)
Directed by Jeremy Kagan. Cast: Mario Van Peebles, Howie Mandel, Jeremy Blackman, Dequan Henderson, Jason Blicker. In August of 1991, an African American boy (Gavin Cato) was accidentally killed by a car driven by a Hasidic Jewish man in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. Four hours later Yankel Rosenbaum was murdered in retaliation. For the following three days, the Heights experienced riots and racial tensions. The efforts of an African American youth leader and a Hasidic rabbi bring the polarized communities together. During this time, two teens, Yudi Simon and T.J. Moses forge a friendship based on a mutual love of rap music and dance. Two groups that have suffered persecution throughout the centuries embrace tolerance and discover that progress is possible. 88 min. DVD 8284
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DC 9/11 (2004)
Directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith. Cast: Timothy Bottoms, John Cunningham, David Fonteno, Gregory Itzin, Penny Johnson Jerald, Stephen Macht, Mary Gordon Murray, Lawrence Pressman, Scott Alan Smith, George Takei. A drama telling the story of the days directly after the 9/11 attacks. Focuses on the difficult decisions and tasks faced by President George Bush and his staff on September 11, 2001 and the days following the attacks. Based on in-depth interviews and extensive research, the film recounts the tragic events from the moment Bush hears the news of the attacks to significant briefings with advisors. Chronicles national security meetings, links with Osama bin Laden and the al Qaeda network. Illustrates the Administrations strategy for responding both to the terrorists and the American people. DVD 6423
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5 Days of War (2011)
Directed by Renny Harlin. Cast: Dean Cain, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Rupert Friend, Val Kilmer, Andy Garcia, Heather Graham. Based on true events, this intense film is a vivid account of a renegade American journalist, his cameraman and a local woman caught behind enemy lines, and determined to not only survive, but tell the world what was happening, during the swift but devastating five day war between Russia and Georgia in 2008. 113 min. DVD X6780
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Generation Kill (TV, 2008)
Directed by Susanna White and Simon Cellan Jones. Cast: Alexander Skarsgard, James Ransone, Lee Tergesen, Stark Sands, Jon Huertas, Robert John Burke, Chance Kelly, Benjamin Busch, Neal Jones, Brian Patrick Wade, Michael Kelly, Eric Nenninger, Marc Menchaca, Josh Barrett, Langley Kirkwood, Rudy Reyes, Billy Lush, Jonah Lotan, Wilson Bethel, Pawel Szajda. A fact-based dramatization based on Evan Wright's experiences as an embedded reporter with the United States Marine Corps in 2003. Presents a uniquely epic and intimate portrait of the first 40 days of the Iraq war from the perspective of the Marines of the First Recon Battalion -- a new breed of American soldiers. Special features: Audio commentaries; [Disc 3] Generation kill: a conversation with the 1st Recon Marines; Making Generation kill; Eric Ladin's video diaries; deleted dialogues. 470 min. DVD X814
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The Hamburg Cell (UK, TV, 2004)
Directed by Antonia Bird. Cast: Karim Saleh, Kamel, Omar Berdouni. A dramatization of events focused on the hijackers leading up to the September 11th Twin Towers attack. A chilling drama based on exhaustive research, including personal interviews, unpublished correspondence, and the official 9/11 Commission report. 185 min. 999:2052
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Homeland Security (2004)
Directed by Daniel Sackheim. Cast: Scott Glenn, Tom Skerritt, Grant Show, Marisol Nichols, Kal Penn, Ross Gibby, Leland Orser, Stephi Lineburg, Beth Broderick, Nicholas Guilak. A riveting fictionalization of the events leading up to and following the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the formation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 87 min. DVD 4378
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Hotel Rwanda (UK / USA / Italy / South Africa, 2004)
Directed by Terry George. Cast: Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Joaquin Phoenix, Desmond Dube, David O'Hara, Cara Seymour, Fana Mokoena, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Tony Kgoroge, Mosa Kaiser. Based on true events tells the deeply moving story of a five-star-hotel manager who used his wits and words to save more than 1,200 lives during the 1994 Rwandan conflict. 122 min. DVD 3715
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The Insider (1999)
Director, Michael Mann. Cast: Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, Christopher Plummer, Diane Venora, Philip Baker Hall, Lindsay Crouse, Debi Mazar, Stephen Tobolowsky, Colm Feore, Bruce McGill, Gina Gershon, Michael Gambon, Rip Torn. Based on true events, this is the story of executive Jeffrey Wigand (1942--) who was fired by his employer, one of the largest tobacco companies in America, when he expressed reservations about the tobacco industry's manipulation of the truth regarding the severe health consequences of tobacco use. He agreed to become a paid consultant for a story by 60 Minutes producer Lowell Bergman, regarding alleged unethical practices within the tobacco industry. (A 60 Minute interview with Wigand was aired on February 4, 1996). But what began as a temporary alliance led to a lengthy battle for both men to save their reputations and more. Based on the Vanity fair article: The man who knew too much / by Marie Brenner. 158 min. DVD 890
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Invictus(US, 2009)
Director, Clint Eastwood. Cast: Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Tony Kgoroge, Julian Lewis Jones, Adjoa Andoh, Patrick Mofokeng, Matt Stern, Leleti Khumalo. In 1994, having been released from his long imprisonment, Nelson Mandela is elected as the first president of post-apartheid South Africa. Racial tension runs high, even in the president's offices, and especially among the members of his half black, half Afrikaner security team. As hosts of the 1995 Rugby World Cup, South Africa's low ranked national team, the Springboks, have a berth in the tournament. Mandela begins makeing public appearances supporting the team, and meets privately with captain Francois Pienaar, encouraging him to inspire his teammates to victory. The Springboks' new slogan is "One team, One nation." President Mandela is betting that if they win the Cup, it might even be a bit true. Based on the book "Playing the enemy" by John Carlin. 133 min. DVD X3480
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Jarhead (2005)
Directed by Sam Mendes. Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Scott MacDonald, Peter Sarsgaard, Jamie Foxx, Jacob Vargas, Lucas Black, Brian Geraghty, Evan Jones, Chris Cooper. Follows "Swoff," a third-generation Marine enlistee, from a sobering stint in boot camp to active duty, sporting a sniper's rifle and a hundred-pound ruck on his back through the Middle East deserts. There is no cover from intolerable heat or from the Iraqi soldiers, who are always potentially just over the next horizon. Swoff and his fellow Marines sustain themselves with sardonic humanity and wicked comedy on blazing desert fields in a country they don't understand, against an enemy they can't see, for a cause they don't fully understand. Sergeant Sykes, a Marine lifer, heads up the scout/sniper platoon, while Troy, Swoff's friend and mentor, is a die-hard member of STA - the elite Marine Unit. Based on former Marine Anthony Swofford's best-selling 2003 book ( MAIN: DS79.74 .S96 2003; MOFF: DS79.74 .S96 2003). 123 min. DVD 5212
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Peebles, Stacey. "Lines of Sight: Watching War in Jarhead and My War: Killing Time in Iraq." PMLA: Publications of the Modern Language Association of America, Oct2009, Vol. 124 Issue 5, p1662-1676, 15p UC users only
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Live from Baghdad (2002)
Director, Mick Jackson. Cast: Michael Keaton, Helena Bonham Carter, Lili Taylor, Bruce McGill, Robert Widsom, Joshua Leonard, Paul Guilfoyle, Michael Murphy, Clark Gregg, David Suchet. In 1990, CNN was a 24-hour news network in search of a 24-hour story. They were about to find it in Baghdad. Up against the three big networks, Robert Wiener, a veteran producer, along with his longtime producing partner and their team of rebels with a cause, take the biggest risks to get the biggest stories - unlike their rivals - live at a moment's notice. 108 min. DVD 1642
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A Mighty Heart (USA / UK, 2007)
Director, Michael Winterbottom. Cast: Angelina Jolie, Dan Futterman, Irrfan Khan, Archie Panjabi, Will Patton. Jewish-American journalist, Daniel Pearl was kidnapped in Pakistan in January of 2002. The violent act became an international scandal as the group that claimed responsibility for the crime demanded the liberation of prisoners from the American detainee prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The American government did not give in to the terrorists' demands. Pearl's wife, Mariane, traveled to Pakistan alone knowing the odds were against her. Holding onto hope became all the more complicated when she was surrounded by chaos, yet she must remain calm. After all, she is the heart of this operation. Based on true events. 108 min. DVD 9401
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Omagh (Ireland / UK, TV, 1989)
Directed by Pete Travis. Cast: Gerard McSorley, Mich`elle Forbes, Brenda Fricker. Based on true events, this drama concerns one father's search for justice in the aftermath of the 1998 Real IRA bombing that killed 29 people in Omagh, Northern Ireland. 106 min. DVD 6513
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Blaney, Aileen. "Visible victims and the politics of suffering in Omagh." European Journal of Cultural Studies, Nov2009, Vol. 12 Issue 4, p415-429, 15p UC users only
McIlroy, Brian. "Memory Work: Omagh and the Northern Irish Monumentary." In: Genre and cinema : Ireland and transnationalism / edited by Brian McIlroy. New York : Routledge, c2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.I85 G46 2007)
O'Hara, Marguerite. "Guide to a Conflict: Studying Omagh." Screen Education, Autumn2008, Issue 49, p100-111, 12p UC users only
Sutherland, Heather. "Embedded' actors as markers of authenticity: Acting the real in 'Troubles' docudramas." Studies in Documentary Film, 2010, Vol. 4 Issue 3, p267-281, 15p UC users only

The Queen (UK / France / Italy, 2006)
Directed by Stephen Frears. Cast: Helen Mirren (HM Queen Elizabeth II), Michael Sheen (Tony Blair), James Cromwell (Prince Philip), Helen McCrory (Cherie Blair), Alex Jennings (Prince Charles), Roger Allam (Robin Janvrin), and Sylvia Syms (HM The Queen Mother). The Queen opens with a familiar epigraph "Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown" - Henry IV, Part II. The action of the film takes place during the week following the death, on August 31, 1997 of Diana, Princess of Wales. One of its accomplishments, courtesy of the adroit use of newsreel and other contemporary footage, is to remind viewers of the deep sadness that surrounded that event. It is also about the divergent and potentially ruinous ways the monarch and Prime Minister Tony Blair responded to the resulting torrent of national grief. Special features: The Making Of ... "The Queen" part one "Playing real people" ; part two "The design" ; part three "That week" (20 min.) ; audio commentary by director Stephen Frears and writer Peter Morgan ; audio commentary by British historian and royal expert Robert Lacey, author of "Majesty". The picture of dignity -- Prime Minister Tony -- Diana -- Upsetting news -- The people's princess -- A public funeral -- Modern men -- The royal standard -- A quiet revolution -- Captive beauty -- A serious mistake -- A day of mourning -- Shared grief -- The funeral -- Two months later -- End credits. 103 min. DVD 7563
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Awards
Academy Award - Best Actress
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Film
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actress
Golden Globes, USA - Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actress
National Board of Review, USA - Best Actress
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Actress
San Francisco Film Critics Circle - Best Actress
Venice Film Festival - Best Actress; FIPRESCI Prize

Recount: The Story of the 2000 Presidential Election(TV, 2008)
Directed by Cast: Kevin Spacey, Bob Balaban, Ed Begley, Laura Dern, John Hurt, Denis Leary, Bruce McGill, Tom Wilkinson. Originally broadcast on HBO May 25, 2008. A docu-drama of one of the most controversial events in recent U.S. election history, which shook a nation's faith in its ability to stage a fair and open election. Beginning on election day 2000 and culminating with the Supreme Court decision Bush vs. Gore, this film follows the bizarre 36-day struggle to determine which candidate won Florida ... and the presidency. 116 min. DVD X58
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Sometimes in April(HBO, 2005)
Director: Raoul Peck. Cast: Oris Erhuero, Eriq Ebouaney, Idris Elba, Debra Winger. A drama of two brothers divided along political lines in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, where over the course of 100 days an estimated 800,000 people were killed in a terrifying purge by Hutu nationalists against their Tutsi countrymen. 140 min. DVD 4060
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United 93 (2006)
Directed by Paul Greengrass. Cast: Christian Clemenson, Trish Gates, Polly Adams, Cheyenne Jackson, Opal Alladin, Gary Commock, Nancy McDoniel, David Alan Basche, Richard Bekins, Susan Blommaert. Fact-based story about the 40 passengers and crew aboard San Francisco bound flight United 93, who sat down as strangers and found the courage to stand up as one. This hijacked flight was the fourth terrorist attack plane on September 11, 2001. As a result of a delay on takeoff, the passengers on the flight, are behind the carefully scheduled planned attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Once hijacked, the passengers and crew are able to discern that this is no mere hijacking. While the real events that caused the ultimate crash of the plane can never be known, the events depicted would appear to be as might be expected. The scariest part of the film is the unpreparedness of the FAA and the military in dealing with the situation. 111 min. DVD 6134
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Awards

British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - David Lean Award for Direction
London Critics Circle Film Awards - Director of the Year
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Director
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Director
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Picture
San Francisco Film Critics Circle - Best Director

W. (2008)
Directed by Oliver Stone. Cast: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Banks, James Cromwell, Ellen Burstyn, Richard Dreyfuss, Scott Glenn, Toby Jones, Stacy Keach,, Bruce McGill, Thandie Newton, and Jeffrey Wright. Tells the story of George W. Bush [1946--], 43rd President of the United States (2001-2009), his life's struggles and triumphs, how he met his wife, Laura, found his faith, and what happened during the critical days before he made the decision to invade Iraq. Special features: Audio commentary with director Oliver Stone; "Dangerous Dynasty: The Bush Legacy" - a look at President Bush's legacy from renowned political experts, academics and historians; "No Stanger to Controversy: Oliver Stone's George W. Bush" -an inside look at the making of the film; W. filmmakers' research and annotations guide; deleted scenes with optional director audio commentary; theatrical trailer. 129 min. DVD X1114
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Warriors (TV, 1999)
Director: Peter Kosminsky; featuring Ioan Gruffudd, Branka Katic, Damian Lewis, Cal McAninch, Jodhi May. Based on the testimony of soldiers in the UN protection force in central Bosnia, this intensely moving drama tells the story of ordinary people in an extraordinary situation -- of friendship, bravery and frustration which is part and parcel of the changing nature of soldiering, and of the emotional impact it has on the lives of all those involved. 170 min. PAL format. vhs 999:3097
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World Trade Center (2006)
Directed by Oliver Stone. Cast: Nicolas Cage, Michael Pe~na, Maggie Gyllenhall, Maria Bello, Stephen Dorff, Jay Hernandez, Michael Shannon, Donna Murphy, Frank Whaley. The true story of Port Authority policemen John McLoughlin and William J. Jimeno, who volunteered for rescue duty and became trapped in the rubble of the Towers on September 11, 2001. The men became two of the last survivors extracted from Ground Zero. It is a story of the true heroes and of that fateful time in United States history, when buildings would fall and heroes would rise, literally from the ashes to inspire the entire human race. 128 min. DVD DVD 7105
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Other Fictional Films Set in this time period
Death of a President (2006) DVD 7432
Get on the Bus (1996) DVD 530; vhs 999:1808
War Stories (2003) DVD 2842
Riot (TV, 1997) DVD X6453
In My Country (Country of My Skull) (UK, 2004) DVD 500
See also Movies related to Bosnia/Herzegovina/Croatia conflicts
See also Movies related to Middle East conflicts, 1990--


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