Today on Your Call: What is the power of conveying history through film?

Jan 9, 2013


  On today's Your Call we’re talking about movies as a tool for looking at history.  Recent historical fiction movies like Lincoln, Django Unchained, Argo, and Zero Dark Thirty have captivated audiences.  What responsibility do these filmmakers have to historical accuracy?  What kind of truth do you expect when you go to see a movie like Lincoln? Join us at 10am Pacific Time or post a comment here.  What do you have you learned about history through watching movies?  And what are your favorite historical films?  It's Your Call with Holly Kernan and You.

Guests:

Michael Fox, film critic and journalist, film instructor at S.F. State University's extended learning program, as well as the curator and host of the Friday night CinemaLit film series at the Mechanics' Institute. 

Carl Guarneri, professor of history at St. Mary’s College of California and expert on the Civil War

Peter Robinson, president of the San Francisco Literary Society and movie critic for Open Air on KALW 

Resources:

KQED: Michael Fox

Walnut Creek Library: Carl Guarneri to speak about the historical accuracy of the film, Lincoln

History News Network: "Lincoln," The Movie

San Francisco Film Critics Circle

NPR: Former White House Aide Reviews 'Argo'

LA Times: Review: 'Argo' is a Hollywood story with a real-world outcome

Colorlines: Samuel L. Jackson Says MLK Would Appreciate ‘Django Unchained’

Rolling Stone: Spike Lee Calls 'Django Unchained' 'Disrespectful'

KQED: Searching for Justice: 5 to Watch 

Mechanics’ Institute: CinemaLit events