Based on a True Story
Latin American History at the Movies
Edited by Donald F. Stevens
Publication date:01 September 1997
Length of book:253 pages
PublisherRowman & Littlefield Publishers
Combining history with discussions of dramatic cinema, Based on a True Story: Latin American History at the Movies examines how film has portrayed Latin America from the late fifteenth century to the present. The book opens with an introduction on the visual presentation of the past in the movies, while the rest of the book consists of essays that explore the best feature films on Latin America from the professional historian's perspective.
A stimulating collection of essays that will be invaluable to anyone who has ever used film in the classroom or is thinking of doing so. The selections successfully provoke readers to explore what appears on the screen as well as to consider why constructions of both history and film are shaped the way they are. A welcome and long-overdue addition to the literature, Based on a True Story is accessible to a wide audience—historians and film critics alike.