The Hollywood history of the world

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Harvill Press, 1996 - Performing Arts - 263 pages
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There is a fashionable myth that Hollywood always gets its history wrong. George MacDonald Fraser believes that it often gets it right, and that we owe a huge unacknowledged debt to the cinema as an illuminator of the story of mankind. Drawing on his experiences as an historical novelist, historian, and screenwriter, he puts the case for the costume movies - Biblical, classical, swashbuckler, imperial, Western, and even the gangster film - not only as entertainments but, at their best, as pictures of the past "more vivid than Tacitus or Gibbon or Macaulay."

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

I like this book because it allows me to share some experiences with a history buff ("Flashman"), who also likes the movies! It's a series of pocket reviews and stills from the mostly English ... Read full review

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A light-hearted review of Hollywood history, showing that it wasn't as bad as perceived. Read full review



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About the author (1996)

The author of the famous Flashman Papers and the Private McAuslan stories, George MacDonald Fraser worked on newspapers in Britain and Canada. In addition to his novels he has also written numerous films, most notably The Three Musketeers, The Four Musketeers, and the James Bond film, Octopussy. He is also the author of Quartered Safe Out Here about his World War II service in Burma and The Steel Bonnets about the Anglo-Scottish wars. He passed away in 2008.

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