History on Film

One of the great pleasures of being a professional historian is snarking at the mistakes in discussing the problematic aspects of historical films. At the University of Texas’s excellent history site Not Even Past, they have a whole page dedicated to it, with recent posts on Django Unchained and Argo among many others. Elsewhere on the internet, the new film of Les Misérables is generating some thoughtful comment: there’s a good piece on Foreign Affairs about the film’s pessimistic vision of revolution, which Victor Hugo wouldn’t have shared, and a shorter piece at the Historical Fiction eBooks blog which will help you explain to your non-historian friends that Les Mis may be about French revolution, but it’s not about the French revolution. We may have to start doing some posts like this ourselves.

Russell Crowe as Javert in Les Misérables

Russell Crowe’s brow furrows as he spots a historical inaccuracy (click image for source)

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