☆ Reel History: The World According to the Movies || ↠ PDF Read by ó Alex von Tunzelmann

By Alex von Tunzelmann | Comments: ( 721 ) | Date: ( Jul 09, 2020 )

From ancient Egypt to the Tudors to the Nazis, the film industry has often defined how we think of the past But how much of what you see on the screen is true And does it really matter if filmmakers just make it all up Picking her way through Hollywood s version of events, acclaimed historian Alex von Tunzelmann sorts the fact from the fiction Along the way, we meet alFrom ancient Egypt to the Tudors to the Nazis, the film industry has often defined how we think of the past But how much of what you see on the screen is true And does it really matter if filmmakers just make it all up Picking her way through Hollywood s version of events, acclaimed historian Alex von Tunzelmann sorts the fact from the fiction Along the way, we meet all our favourite historical characters, on screen and in real life from Cleopatra to Elizabeth I, from Spartacus to Abraham Lincoln, and from Attila the Hun to Nelson Mandela.Based on the long running column in the Guardian, Reel History takes a comic look at the history of the world as told through the movies the good, the bad, and the very, very ugly.


  • Title: Reel History: The World According to the Movies
  • Author: Alex von Tunzelmann
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 195
  • Format: Kindle Edition

About Author:

Alex von Tunzelmann

British historian and author.



Comments Reel History: The World According to the Movies

  • Anthony Ryan

    Historian Alex Von Tunzelmann takes a wry and often hilarious look at cinema’s difficult relationship to the historical record. Each chapter deals with a particular period of history and grades the most notable films on entertainment value and historical accuracy. I found myself agreeing with most of her conclusions, though tend to think she’s over generous to Michael Bay’s execrable ‘Pearl Harbor’ and a bit harsh on Zack Snyder’s fun but bonkers ‘300’. Weirdly it seems movies pa [...]


  • Jill Hutchinson

    It is such fun reading about the misinformation that is sometimes present in filmch as the appearance of a telescope before they were even invented or someone being killed by a tiger in Africa where there are no tigers. This book takes it a little further and looks at actual historic events that are not presented correctly such as Anne Boleyn losing her head over religion, Elizabeth I and Lord Dudley involved in a passionate and physical affair. the American Army alone liberating Burma in WWII, [...]


  • فهد الفهد

    Reel History: The World According to the Movies أحببت فكرة الكتاب، اكتشاف الأخطاء التاريخية في الأفلام ومحاولة تقييمها من ناحية دقتها التاريخية، كتاب ممتع ومرتب حسب التسلسل التاريخي، ويتضمن مجموعة جيدة من الأفلام التي شاهدتها.


  • Saba Imtiaz

    Chuckled my way through this incredibly entertaining (and educational!) book on the depiction of historical events in film, which covers the best and worst of filmmaking genres and eras - highly recommend it!


  • Pinko Palest

    Enjoyable and witty but excludes almost all Russian and all Italian film. No Eisenstein? No Rosselini? While including tons of american films no one cares about? Also, since when did the Europeans bring syphilis to the new world and not the other way round?


  • Vikas Datta

    Fantastic and frequently witty analysis shows how history is often manipulated for entertainment with a wide selection of films including from Bollywood. Perhaps Ms.Tunzelman should be asked to focus on TV serials too


  • Verity W

    I've really really enjoyed this book - which I've been reading out loud at bedtime as a couples thing. A film or two a night has been absolutely perfect.This is a great analysis of films about history and how accurate they are compared to the reality. Alex von Tunzelmann does a great job of making this really, really entertaining. This would be a perfect bathroom book, if you have such things in your house


  • Jessica

    A fun look at history through the lens of Hollywood.


  • Grant Shade

    Excellent details and very funny as well.


  • Joe

    An entertaining collection of capsule reviews from The Guardian, assessing the veracity and accuracy of movies that portray historical events


  • Doris

    Entertaining. The author rates dozens (hundreds?) of historical and quasi-historical films on both their entertainment value and their historical accuracy. I now have a bunch more movies on my "to be seen" list.


  • Pamela

    Always witty and sometimes downright hysterically funny, Alex von Tunzelmann's Reel History is a thoroughly enjoyable read from the first page of the introduction all the way through. Based on a series of her columns in the British newspaper The Guardian, Ms. Tunzelmann takes a look at the movies from a historian's viewpoint. The book is divided into eight sections and, rather than present them in order of production, they are separated into historical sections. This allows for presenting movies [...]


  • Idyll

    Of the 100 or so movies that this book reviews, I have only watched about 25 or 30, many of which I watched so long ago that I need a refresher. This book makes me want to hurry back to it as and when I watch the movies it mentions. It is far from scholarly, but serves as a good point of departure to a proper history book or source material related to a movie. For instance, I am now curious to read the Ballad of Mulan, a poem first recorded in the 6th century that the Disney movie Mulan is based [...]


  • Amalia Gavea

    The premise that historical films have little to do with the actual historical events they are based on is not something new. We all know that (I hope) and this is one of the reasons I try to do my homework before I watch a film or any TV-series based on a by-gone era. If I discover that they vary from the truth, I will not watch it. Having said that, I am not sure what this book wanted to prove and, frankly, amidst all those poorly-made jokes, the witticism (just because books like these are su [...]


  • Betsy

    This started out to be an interesting book although I certainly did not agree with all of the author's assessments. Unfortunately, once the movies reviewed were past the year 2000 or so, I realized I had seen few of the movies listed, and lost interest. If you love movies, this is a fairly good book as long as historical accuracy is important to you. If not, then it might be a waste of time. My real question is why were certain movies selected to be discussed out of many that could have been?


  • LillyBooks

    I really enjoyed this book when von Tunzelmann discusses a movie I've seen or am at least familiar with. She keeps the tone light and humorous, which is only appropriate when trying to filter history through the lens of Hollywood. There were a couple of movies I was surprised she included; does anyone really think A Knight's Tale is historically accurate? Regardless, this was an enjoyable and quick read.


  • Benjamin

    A collection of Alex von Tunzelmann's column for the Guardian. She takes on historical films on their entertainment and historical value, always in an entertaining way. From One Million Years B.C. to The Fifth Estate, you find out that Cleopatra (1963) is actually pretty historically accurate and that historical films by Mel Gibson are questionable torture porn (but I knew that already).Highly recommended to any fan of history films!


  • Eran Rabl

    A really nice book, which practically ruined every movie that engage any field of knowledge I have, and good riddance to them.On the downside, I felt the book rushes through the early histories (which I loved more than the later part of the human race's existence) and gets to modern times too fast.


  • Cigdem

    I bought the book during a book signing and my appetite was already whetted after listening to the discussion between the author Alex von Tunzelmann and the host. The Reel History did not let me down - Ms. Tunzelmann's humorous language is just what I like. And the book does succeed in making me want to go and read more history!


  • Greg

    A wonderfully witty survey of some of Hollywood's finest (and not so illustrious) attempts to explore historical stories. Alex is a pithy wordsmith, and she knows her stuff. The book could perhaps benefit from some illustrations, but that's a minor quibble when the text is such a lively, dippable thing to enjoy.


  • Rah-zee-uh

    Much better on movies depicting later history - hilarious even. However, the Kindle format didn't do it many favours. (Also, I am not so much of a movie person). Still a worthwhile read. I want to read her latest on the Suez crisis and Hungary.


  • Sean Audain

    Von Tunzelmann has a flowing, amusing style. In some ways the greatest achievement of this book is that makes you want to see some historical films which are abominations to both history and art. A perfect pick up, put down piece well suited to travel, summer breaks or interrupting kids.


  • Cait

    FUN FUN FUN


  • Mary

    That was good fun! And now I have a whole slew of new films I want to watch.


  • Vrinda

    Interesting if you're a history buff, but not unputdownable. Appreciated the mention of non-Hollywood films, and it's given me some new movies to watch, so there's that :)


  • Sankul Mandavia

    Light easy reading.


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