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Title

Patriots, Villains and the Quest for Liberty: American Film and the Depiction of the American Revolution

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2007

Journal

Canadian Review of American Studies

Volume

37

Issue

2

First Page

205

Last Page

238

URL with Digital Object Identifier

http://dx.doi.org/10.3138/cras.37.2.205

Abstract

This study of a dozen American films featuring the American Revolution (released 1939–2002) evaluates the major characters (patriots and loyalists), diverse plots, and various social/class themes. Cinematic and popular culture understandings of the revolution are compared with the interpretations of historians to reveal thematic consistencies, noteworthy variations, and conceptual gulfs between filmmakers and historians.

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