Helping pupils to view historical film critically

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Jane Card, last updated: 9th May 2013

Pointing the view: Helping pupils to view historical film critically

Introduction

The teaching potential of film

Films about historical events seem like the nearest thing we can give our pupils to a time machine. In commercial film, the physical appearance of the past has often been carefully researched, thus a snippet from Gladiator, for example, can give pupils some idea of how the Roman army fought.

Film with varying degrees of historical content affords...

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