The 1960s on Film
On October 1, 1962, James H. Meredith became the first black student to attend the University of Mississippi.
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The 1960s on Film tells the narrative of the 1960s through the lens of the movie camera, analyzing ten films that focus on the people, events, and issues of the decade.
Films create both an impression of and — at times for younger audiences — a primary definition of events, people, and issues of an era. The 1960s on Film examines the 1960s as the decade was presented in ten films that focused on that decade. Discussion will focus on both what the films have to say about the era and how close they come to accurately depicting it.
For example, films such as Mississippi Burning and Selma tell the story of racial conflict and hope for reconciliation in the 1960s. Other films such as The Right Stuff and Hidden Figures show the deep fascination America had at that time with the burgeoning space program and NASA, while Easy Rider and The Doors analyze the role of rock music and drugs among young people of the decade. The Deer Hunter studies the controversies surround the war in Vietnam. Mad Men, JFK and Thirteen Days also receive significant treatment in this exciting volume.
Provides a window into the 1960s by assessing how films about that decade portrayed people, events, and issues of the era
Shows how movies can teach us about a given era's history and make that history more engaging through the dramatic arts and storytelling
Provides a new perspective on the well-researched decade of the 1960s, through the lens of the movie camera
Suggests areas of further exploration for students of popular culture
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Just exactly how accurate are Hollywood's film and television portrayals of American history? What do these portrayals tell us, not only about the events they depict, but also the time in which they were made? Each volume in this unique reference series is devoted to a single topic or key theme in American history, examining eight to ten major motion pictures or television productions. Substantial essays summarize each film, provide a historical background of the event or period it depicts, and explain how accurate the film's depiction is, while also analyzing the cultural context in which the film was made.
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