• Reel V Real

Reel V Real

Reel V Real

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  • Author
    Frank Sanello
  • Publisher
    Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publication date
    28 December 2002

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Book Detail

  • Book Title

    Reel V Real

  • Author

    Frank Sanello

  • Date Published

    28 December 2002

  • Publisher

    Taylor Trade Publishing

  • Pages

    240 pages

  • ISBN

    9781461709336

Book Description

All too often, highly fictionalized cinematic depictions of the past are accepted as the unassailable truth by those unfamiliar with the "real" account. This book profiles sixty movies that portray actual moments in history, and compares the mythologized account of each event to what really happened. Movies chronicled include The Ten Commandments, Spartacus, A Man for All Seasons, Gladiator, Gandhi, Apollo 13, The Thin Red Line, Dances with Wolves, Braveheart, The Last Emperor, All the Presidents Men, Mutiny on the Bounty, Gone with the Wind, Bonnie & Clyde, Patton, and Elizabeth. Sanello also contrasts several historical figures with their filmed treatments, including Julius Caesar, Henry V, Christopher Columbus, Joan of Arc, Sir Thomas More, Jesus Christ, Catherine the Great, Sigmund Freud, and Harry Houdini. Lavishly illustrated with sixty film stills, Reel v. Real shows how a happening's genuine details are frequently reshaped and distorted by Hollywood's bottomless appetite for over-the-top flamboyance and melodrama.

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