Assessing a Film’s Historical Content
Using film as a historical resource requires the ability to analyze film in terms that make sense both to the film scholar and the historian. From Chapter 3 you have a basic grasp of film terminology. This chapter focuses on the process of determining, describing, and analyzing a film’s historical significance. From reading the chapter, you should
become familiar with some of the theoretical underpinnings of and practical approaches to our approach to history in film;
place a particular film’s content, production, and reception into a historical context; and
begin to distinguish among different kinds of history in film.