Cold Mountain

Campbell, Edward D. C. Review of Cold Mountain (film), directed by Anthony Minghella. Southern Cultures 10, no. 2 (June 2, 2004): 103-105. http://ezproxy.umw.edu:2048/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=19983926&site=ehost-live (accessed August 29, 2012.

Chesire, Godfrey. “Personal in My Memory.” Southern Cultures 17, no. 3 (Fall 2011): 28-38. http://ezproxy.umw.edu:2048/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=63178600&site=ehost-live (accessed August 29, 2012).

Inscoe, John C. Review of Cold Mountain (film), directed by Anthony Minghella. Journal of American History 91, no. 3 (Dec. 2004): 1127-1129.  http://www.jstor.org/stable/3663028 (accessed August 29, 2012).

Myers, Robert M. “‘It’s What People Say We’re Fighting For’: Representing the Lost Cause in Cold Mountain.“ In Why We Fought: America’s Wars in Film and History, edited by Peter C. Rollins and John E. O’Connor, 121-133. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2008. http://ezproxy.umw.edu:2048/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=nlebk&AN=237636&site=ehost-live (accessed August 29, 2012).

Stanchak, John E. Review of Cold Mountain (film), directed by Anthony Minghella. Civil War Times 42, no. 6 (Feb. 2004): 32-39. http://ezproxy.umw.edu:2048/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=11533461&site=ehost-live (accessed August 29, 2012).

 

A tentative list of sources for Oliver Stone’s JFK

JFK: The Movie
Michael Rogin
The American Historical Review , Vol. 97, No. 2 (Apr., 1992), pp. 500-505
Published by: The University of Chicago Press on behalf of the American Historical Association
Article Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2165731

 

JFK: Historical Fact/Historical Film
Robert A. Rosenstone
The American Historical Review , Vol. 97, No. 2 (Apr., 1992), pp. 506-511
Published by: The University of Chicago Press on behalf of the American Historical Association
Article Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2165732

 

JFK and the Culture of Violence
Marcus Raskin
The American Historical Review , Vol. 97, No. 2 (Apr., 1992), pp. 486-499
Published by: The University of Chicago Press on behalf of the American Historical Association
Article Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2165730

 

JFK by Oliver Stone
Review by: Robert Brent Toplin
The Journal of American History , Vol. 79, No. 3, Discovering America: A Special Issue (Dec., 1992), pp. 1266-1268
Published by: Organization of American Historians
Article Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2080960

 

JFK by Oliver Stone
Review by: William W. Phillips
The Journal of American History , Vol. 79, No. 3, Discovering America: A Special Issue (Dec., 1992), pp. 1264-1266
Published by: Organization of American Historians
Article Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2080959

 

JFK by Oliver Stone
Review by: Thomas C. Reeves
The Journal of American History , Vol. 79, No. 3, Discovering America: A Special Issue (Dec., 1992), pp. 1263-1264
Published by: Organization of American Historians
Article Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2080958

 

Reenactment, Fantasy, and the Paranoia of History: Oliver Stone’s Docudramas
Marita Sturken
History and Theory , Vol. 36, No. 4, Theme Issue 36: Producing the Past: Making Histories Inside and Outside the Academy (Dec., 1997), pp. 64-79
Published by: Wiley-Blackwell for Wesleyan University
Article Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2505575

 

JFK: The Question of Propaganda
Amos Vogel
The Antioch Review , Vol. 50, No. 3, Thinking: Books or Movies? (Summer, 1992), pp. 578-585
Published by: Antioch Review, Inc.
Article Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4612571

 

Briley, Ron. “Teaching JFK( 1991): Potential Dynamite in the Hands of Our Youth?.” Film & History (03603695) 28, no. 1/2 (February 1998): 8-15. Communication & Mass Media Complete, EBSCOhost (accessed September 12, 2012).

 

von Bothmer, Bernard1. “Oliver Stone’s JFK: Political Assassination, Kennedy, and Vietnam.” War, Literature & The Arts: An International Journal Of The Humanities 17, no. 1/2 (November 2005): 242-251. OmniFile Full Text Mega (H.W. Wilson), EBSCOhost (accessed September 12, 2012).

 

Romanowski, William D. “Oliver Stone’s JFK.” Journal Of Popular Film & Television 21, no. 2 (Summer93 1993): 63. Academic Search Complete, EBSCOhost (accessed September 12, 2012).

 

Keller, James R. “Oliver Stone’s JFK and the `circulation of social energy’ and the `textuality of history.’ (Cover story).” Journal Of Popular Film & Television 21, no. 2 (Summer93 1993): 72. Academic Search Complete, EBSCOhost (accessed September 12, 2012).

 

Benoit, William L., and Dawn M. Nill. “Oliver Stone’s defense of JFK.” Communication Quarterly 46, no. 2 (Spring98 1998): 127-143. Communication & Mass Media Complete, EBSCOhost (accessed September 12, 2012).

The Last of the Mohicans (If I were to have a twitter account…)

  • Didn’t we talk about public displays of affection in the last movie? Oh but wait…they are seemingly private displays of affection that are totally realistic for the time period…..but wait….. And it is also totally realistic that he would be able to run through a battle killing 3 or 4 people along the way to reach his love in time to save her from being scalped….totally would happen just like that…
  • The father in this movie also played Powhatan in Disney’s Pocahontas…..I felt that just needed to be shared.
  • Totally could have made it over that waterfall…in a canoe…no prob…and totally can survive that jump from the waterfall….because I’m that awesome.
  • What do you mean you can’t jump through waterfalls and have gunpowder still work?! What is this madness?!
  • 2 broken branches=the path to love
  • No please don’t jump off a cliff, take my bloody hand instead….never mind the fact  you just witnessed me killing the person that you were infatuated with that was trying to save your life

 

Snarking through “Last of the Mohicans”

So while I don’t actually use Twitter, I couldn’t help from fake tweeting during the movie

-”The French have no stomach to fight”… Except for those half dozen odd wars you’ve been fighting for the past 60 years or so…

-At least this time jumping through waterfalls got somebody’s gunpowder wet!

-Convenient Plot Device Canoes! Improbable Aiming Skills! What wonderful tropes!

-It’s not a period-inaccurate PDA if you go behind the earthworks

- Russell Means played Chingachgook in this movie, and voiced Powhatan in “Pocahontas”. That’s either a great resume or a damning indictment of the number of famous Native American actors

 

Movie Thoughts

So, this really had nothing to do with anything important in the movie, but I facepalmed when John Smith jumped through the waterfall with his gun ready to shoot Pocahontas. He’s using a matchlock gun (which at least was accurate to the time), but those work by dropping a piece of burning slow match into an open pan of gunpowder when you pull the trigger. Jumping through water might put out the match, and would definitely soak the powder, making it totally useless; he wouldn’t have been able to shoot anybody after that. Also, I’m sort of curious why, after Radcliffe shoots John Smith at the end, everybody is trying to get the gun away from him; single shot muskets are pretty safe after you take that one shot.

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This will be the course site for US History in Film, HIST 329 at the University of Mary Washington.  Look to this space for course announcements, updates, and, eventually, student posts.