The Hollywood Historical Film

Burgoyne, Robert

Chapter 3, on Spartacus, Gladiator and the epic, uses Deleuze's notion of "universal history" from Cinema 1.

A comprehensive analysis of the historical film—a popular and controversial genre that’s been with us since the early days of cinema—and Hollywood’s unique ability to reshape our viewpoints while it sensually recreates the past.

Provides a complete guide to the unique characteristics of historical film, distinguishing among sub-genres such as historical epics, war films, biographies, topical films, and meta-historic works like Nixon and JFK
Offers detailed analyses of groundbreaking films such as Spartacus, Schindler’s List, and United 93
Examines the dual role of the historical film to entertain and educate, with its tendency to arouse critical and popular controversy
Stimulates discussion about Hollywood’s power to persuade and reshape our views of the past

Burgoyne, Robert, The Hollywood Historical Film, Oxford: Blackwell, 2008.