Not Just a Movie

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Dr. Marc Baer

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With the release of Selma, there has been debate over how historically accurate film producers’ movies truly are. The purpose of this study is to analyze if historians should trust history to film producers in the movies they create. This study will examine three movies, Gandhi, Home and the World, and The Battle of Algiers by analyzing their historical validity. It will also examine what is historically inaccurate pertaining to the movies and the motives behind the historical inaccuracies. This study will examine the French, British, Algerian, and Indian views on the issues portrayed in these movies and how they interact based on the region and timeframe of the movies’ production and subjects.

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