Film, Video History & the Movies: An Historian Writes a Screenplay

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Title
History & the Movies: An Historian Writes a Screenplay
Summary
The process of compressing history into drama often generates sharp tensions between the historian and the dramatist. As James Reston Jr. will testify, the historian usually feels a sinking disappointment as the dramatist explains what it will take to capture and hold the attention of an audience. When Reston was asked to write a screenplay based on his own 2005 book, "Dogs of God: Columbus, the Inquisition, and the Defeat of the Moors," he leapt at the chance to resolve and to control the historian/dramatist tension.
Event Date
May 11, 2011
Notes
-  James Reston Jr. is the author of 15 books, three plays and numerous articles in national magazines. His last five historical works--"Defenders of the Faith: Christianity and Islam Battle for the Soul of Europe 1520-1536" (2010), "Dogs of God," "Warriors of God: Richard the Lionheart and Saladin in the Third Crusade" (2002), "Galileo: A Life" (2000) and "The Last Apocalypse: Europe at the Year 1000 A.D." (1999)--have been translated into 13 foreign languages.
Related Resources
John W. Kluge Center: https://www.loc.gov/kluge/
Running Time
1 hours 17 minutes 54 seconds
Language
English
Online Format
video
Original Format
film, video

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