The essays on this page were created specifically for the Film & History website. They explore the intersection of film and history through consideration of particular films, of thematic issues that link multiple films, and of intersections between film, society, and historical memory.

Film & History is actively seeking additional contributions. If you have an unpublished essay on film and history, broadly conceived, or an idea for one, please email A. Bowdoin Van Riper at


The 300 Controversy: A Case Study in the Politics of Adaptation
Dan Hassler-Forest

Good Night, and Good Luck
Tobias Hochscherf and Christoph Lauch

Im Toten Winkel [Blind Spot] (2002): What Did Traudl Know? And When?
[Author Unknown]

The Road to Guantanamo (2006): A Commentary
Chris Durham

Will California Elect a Superhero? Candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger Taps Film Myths
John Shelton Lawrence


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