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Old 26-09-2009, 12:17   #1
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The history of America in films?

Weird request here, but I wonder if anybody is up to the challenge.

I was wanting to learn/understand a bit more about the founding of the Americas, and instead of reading books on it I wondered if enough films have been made to watch in a chronological order that would tell the story.

I expect you could start with something like 1492: Conquest of Paradise and things like The Patriot and Gangs of New York would fit in somewhere as well as some Westerns.

Think it's possible?
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Old 26-09-2009, 12:19   #2
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It depends how accurate you want it to be.

You should stick John Adams on your list. Miniseries though, not a film.
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Old 26-09-2009, 12:22   #4
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There's the likes of Last of the Mohicans, The New World and Apocolypto which give a fantastic snap-shot of the earlier periods. Far & Away is watchable for a later period.

Can't think of anything epic though covering a longer period.

Godfather I and especially II for turn of the century stuff.

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Old 26-09-2009, 12:24   #5
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Ah-ha, yes. Good choices, and John Adams will be a definite watch. I love Last of the Mohicans and Apocalypto. I just need to figure out what years everything is set in!
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That Spielberg mini series In America is well worth a watch.
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Once Upon A Time in America is pretty impressive, if a little over-long. I seem to remember that spanning 50-odd years of American History.
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Birth of a Nation ...
An absolutely fantastic historical document, as it reveals the prevalent attitudes of most Americans at the time.
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Never seen it. Is it available? Or is it one of those things that has been quietly been made unavailable?
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This is what I've figured out so far for pre-20th century:

~1500 Apocalypto
1491-1500 1492: Conquest of Paradise
1607 The New World
1757 The Last of the Mohicans
1776 The Patriot
1776 The Crossing
1770-1826 John Adams
1839 Amistad
1839-1889 How the West was Won
1846-1863 Gangs of New York
1863 Gettysburg
1893 Far and Away
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Dont watch Far & Away.

Its ******* dire and contains THE WORST irish accent ever.
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Never seen it. Is it available? Or is it one of those things that has been quietly been made unavailable?
It's available at Amazon

I don't think there's ever been a movement to discontinue it. How likely is it that someone will watch it who isn't aware of it's bias?
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Don't seem to be able to find much set in the 1500's or 1600's.
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Dont watch Far & Away.

Its ******* dire and contains THE WORST irish accent ever.
Granted, but the film isn't that bad and the scenery looks very pretty.
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The Crucible, for it's historical and allegorical qualities.
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There will be Blood.

Excellent movie.
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Granted, but the film isn't that bad and the scenery looks very pretty.
Ya, its nice looking alright, especially the Kerry set parts but the rest is tosh. TBH bad irish accents usually kill a film for me anyways. Cant watch them at all.
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Good stuff, guys. I've been meaning to watch There Will Be Blood for ages. It's looking like this now:

~1500 Apocalypto
1491-1500 1492: Conquest of Paradise
1607 The New World
1607 Pocahontas
1667 The Scarlet Letter
1692 The Crucible
1757 The Last of the Mohicans
1776 The Patriot
1777 The Crossing
1770-1826 John Adams
1836 The Alamo
1839 Amistad
1825-1890 Into the West
1839-1889 How the West was Won
1861 Ride with the Devil
1846-1863 Gangs of New York
1863 Gettysburg
1863 Dances with Wolves
1870's Deadwood
1881-1892 The Assassination of Jesse James...
1893 Far and Away
1898-1927 There Will be Blood

I wonder how many other historical periods you could do this with.
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Most of Britain's history has been put on film (certainly from the period you're looking at anyway).
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