The Beekman School - film https://www.beekmanschool.org/tags/film en Living History in Film https://www.beekmanschool.org/articles/living-history-film <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_1"> <a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a> <a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a> <a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a> <a class="a2a_button_pinterest"></a> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.beekmanschool.org%2Farticles%2Fliving-history-film&amp;title=Living%20History%20in%20Film"></a> </span> <script type="text/javascript"> <!--//--><![CDATA[//><!-- if(window.da2a)da2a.script_load(); //--><!]]> </script><div class="field field-name-field-author field-type-text field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Authored By:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Ian Rusten, History Teacher</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>History is a collection of stories--stories that tell of events big and small.  In history class, we often look at the macro story, the big picture. We might look at WWI: the causes, the effects, the battles, and the political, social, and economic costs and gains. However, what is frequently lost is the story of the 18-year-old boy, aching with homesickness and overwhelmed by his first steps outside of his small hometown, sent to fight a war that no one really understands. Or the story of the women who sat in the back offices of a cold and nondescript building, calculating some of the world's most important mathematical computations. At the heart of history is, and should be, the close study of the individuals. A great way to learn about these individuals is by watching historical films. Highlighted here are several films that illustrate the lives of ordinary Americans who made a difference in the world.</p> <p>One important subject in U.S. History that was often overlooked in the past is the role of women.   The fight for suffrage is of great importance.  <em>Iron-Jawed Angels</em> is a 2004 movie about Alice Paul, who took part in the fight for woman to have the right to vote.  This HBO film provides students with a chance to learn about the movement in an entertaining way.</p> <p>Another subject of importance is the African-American struggle to obtain their civil rights.  The 1989 Oscar-winning film <em>Glory </em>(starring Matthew Broderick, Morgan Freeman, and Denzel Washington) details the often overlooked but important contributions of black soldiers in the Union army during the Civil War.</p> <p>The 2016 film <em>Hidden Figures</em> chronicles the largely unknown story of African-American female mathematicians who played a part in the success of the NASA space program in the 1960s. The film illustrates the limitations imposed by society on black women during that period and how these particular women overcame those limitations.</p> <p><em>Under the Blood Red Sun</em> (2014) is a powerful film about the Japanese-American experience during World War II.  The movie (based on the book by Graham Salisbury) details the struggles of a young man growing up in Hawaii at the time of Pearl Harbor, torn by his Japanese roots and a desire to be accepted as an American.</p> <p>Take some time to watch these films. Questions to consider while watching them are: Who are the most important people? How does the filmmaker portray them? What is the setting of the film? Think about the historical context, time and place. Do you think the filmmaker accurately depicts the time period? Jot down your observations and questions! This is a great way to be an active learner!</p> <p> </p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/ian-rusten" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Ian Rusten</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/history" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">history</a></div><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/film" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">film</a></div></div></div> Fri, 07 Dec 2018 14:23:03 +0000 ianr 39009 at https://www.beekmanschool.org A Decade in Film and Literature: The 1880s https://www.beekmanschool.org/articles/decade-film-and-literature-1880s <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_2"> <a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a> <a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a> <a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a> <a class="a2a_button_pinterest"></a> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.beekmanschool.org%2Farticles%2Fdecade-film-and-literature-1880s&amp;title=A%20Decade%20in%20Film%20and%20Literature%3A%20The%201880s%20"></a> </span> <div class="field field-name-field-author field-type-text field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Authored By:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Ian Rusten, History Teacher</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="og:image rdfs:seeAlso" resource="https://www.beekmanschool.org/sites/default/files/field/image/ambersons.jpg"><a href="https://www.beekmanschool.org/sites/default/files/field/image/ambersons.jpg" title="A Decade in Film and Literature: The 1880s " class="colorbox" rel=""><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="https://www.beekmanschool.org/sites/default/files/styles/photo_thumb/public/field/image/ambersons.jpg?itok=4QN1OQYp" width="125" height="175" alt="" title="" /></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">With spring break just around the corner, I couldn’t help but think about how quickly the year is passing by. How I wish we would spend weeks on each era of American history digging deep into the cultural, social, and everyday lives of Americans! But alas, we must march on.  For those that wish to use some free time to gain more in-depth knowledge of <strong>American history</strong>, focus on any decade from the past and you will likely find films, art, and novels are just a click away. For example: The 1880s ushered in great change both in the United States and across the globe. With its arrival came the end of the <strong>Old West</strong> and of the romanticized outlaws and the growth of the <strong>Gilded Age</strong>, the <strong>Age of Imperialism</strong>, the <strong>Great Strikes</strong>, and the <strong>Populist Movement</strong>. It was the era of the <strong>Rockefellers</strong>, the <strong>Carnegies</strong>, the great inventions by <strong>Edison</strong> and <strong>Bell</strong>--a romanticized yet fraught era. What better way to develop a deep understanding of the era then to delve in the literature and film both from and about the era? These books and films present a unique and vivid picture of the era. </span></p> <p><u style="line-height: 1.538em;">Literature and Films from or about the 1880s:</u></p> <p><a href="http://www.gutenberg.org/files/76/76-h/76-h.htm"><em style="line-height: 1.538em;">The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn</em></a><span style="line-height: 19.994px;">:</span><em style="line-height: 1.538em;"> </em><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) was the greatest American writer of the Gilded Age, and his work transports us to a time and place that has long passed while remaining fresh and accessible.  </span><em style="line-height: 1.538em;">Huckleberry Finn</em><span style="line-height: 1.538em;"> is his masterpiece, capturing life on the Mississippi, but Twain’s travel writing (like </span><em style="line-height: 1.538em;">The Innocents Abroad</em><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">) is also well worth a look for anyone that wants to understand this time (or simply to be entertained).</span></p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RwAWZtK5Uw"><em style="line-height: 1.538em;">The Assassination of Jesse James</em></a><span style="line-height: 19.994px;">: </span><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">This moody 2007 Brad Pitt film focuses on the last few years of the famed Missouri outlaw Jesse James (who was killed by Bob Ford in 1882) and captures the feeling of life in rural America, at a time when a very large number of Americans still lived on the farm.  James remains a fascinating if disturbing figure to many and this film brings him to life.</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0041452/"><em style="line-height: 1.538em;">The Heiress </em></a><em style="line-height: 1.538em;">(1949)</em><span style="line-height: 19.994px;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">directed by William Wyler is a brilliant adaptation of the 1880 novel </span><em style="line-height: 1.538em;">Washington Square</em><span style="line-height: 1.538em;"> by the great American author Henry James. The film features Montgomery Clift as the penniless young suitor who woos the daughter (played by Olivia De Havilland) of a prominent New York doctor played by Ralph Richardson.  The novel and the film explore the social mores of the time and bring the period vividly to life.</span></p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHSRS_nqAF8"><em style="line-height: 1.538em;">The Magnificent Ambersons</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">: Booth Tarkington was one of the most popular America writers of the early twentieth century and his 1918 novel about a prosperous Indiana family and the hardships and struggles they endured as America was transformed by industrialization in the period between the Civil War and World War I remains his most well-known work. Orson Welles turned it into a film in 1942 that many cinema fans rate almost as highly as </span><em style="line-height: 1.538em;">Citizen Kane</em><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">.</span></p> <p><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/books/first/c/chernow-titan.html"><em style="line-height: 1.538em;">Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">:  Historian Ron Chernow (who also wrote an excellent biography of Alexander Hamilton that formed the basis of the <a href="http://www.hamiltonbroadway.com/">hit Broadway play</a>) expertly tells the long but gripping story of the maverick from upstate New York who became the richest man in American history and the most famous American of the 19</span><sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.538em;"> century.  This is a crucial biography for anyone that wants to understand America in the time of industrialization and the age of monopolies.</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.hbo.com/movies/bury-my-heart-at-wounded-knee"><em style="line-height: 1.538em;">Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee</em></a><span style="line-height: 19.994px;">:</span><span style="line-height: 1.538em;"> This 1970 book by Dee Brown was a revelation at the time of its publication as it marked one of the first times that a mainstream book told the story of the old west from an Indian perspective.  Brown focused a great deal of attention on the 1870s to the1890s, a time when Native American tribes, like the Apache and Sioux, were increasingly being forced onto reservations to make way for westward expansion.</span></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/ian-rusten" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Ian Rusten</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/history" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">history</a></div><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/film" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">film</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/literature" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">literature</a></div></div></div> Fri, 26 Feb 2016 17:59:51 +0000 ianr 18465 at https://www.beekmanschool.org Summertime Viewing: 5 Great Historical Dramas https://www.beekmanschool.org/articles/summertime-viewing-5-great-historical-dramas <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_3"> <a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a> <a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a> <a class="a2a_button_google_plus"></a> <a class="a2a_button_pinterest"></a> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.beekmanschool.org%2Farticles%2Fsummertime-viewing-5-great-historical-dramas&amp;title=Summertime%20Viewing%3A%205%20Great%20Historical%20Dramas"></a> </span> <div class="field field-name-field-author field-type-text field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Authored By:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Ian Rusten, History Teacher</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="og:image rdfs:seeAlso" resource="https://www.beekmanschool.org/sites/default/files/field/image/lincoln_lincoln_0.jpg"><a href="https://www.beekmanschool.org/sites/default/files/field/image/lincoln_lincoln_0.jpg" title="Summertime Viewing: 5 Great Historical Dramas" class="colorbox" rel=""><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="https://www.beekmanschool.org/sites/default/files/styles/photo_thumb/public/field/image/lincoln_lincoln_0.jpg?itok=EfsdcEwG" width="125" height="175" alt="" title="" /></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">Summer, with its long, hot, unstructured days full of internships or jobs, trips to the museum, swimming, hikes, bike rides, books, television and films is right around the corner. What a great opportunity to watch some movies that capture key moments in American History! The following list highlights some of my favorite historical films that provide great insight into historical figures and present some inspiring life lessons.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">1.     </span><a href="http://www.hbo.com/john-adams#/"><em style="line-height: 1.538em;">John Adams</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.538em;"> (2008 HBO miniseries): </span><em style="line-height: 1.538em;">John Adams</em><span style="line-height: 1.538em;">, on the surface is about the life of the second president of the United States, but through the prism of <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/1600/presidents/johnadams">John Adam</a>’s presidency, we are able to see the changes that took place during the nation’s infancy. Adams was a person willing to take an unpopular stance (as a young lawyer he defended the British soldiers after the Boston Massacre) and to fight for what he believed in. His policies and decisions set the foundation for the future of our nation.</span></p> <p>2.     <a href="http://www.thelincolnmovie.com"><em>Lincoln</em></a>: This 2012 Steven Spielberg film covers<a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/1600/presidents/abrahamlincoln"> President Abraham Lincoln</a>’s attempts to get the 13<sup>th</sup> Amendment passed by the House of Representatives in the year prior to his death. The movie highlights something that is frequently omitted from history classroom discussions—the behind-the-scenes politics, compromises and discussions that take place, often out of the public eye, in order to pass important legislation.</p> <p>3.     <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inherit_the_Wind_(1960_film)"><em>Inherit the Wind</em></a>: This 1960 Stanley Kramer film, based on a play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee, takes place in Tennessee in 1925. It is a fictionalized account of the <a href="http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/disp_textbook.cfm?smtID=2&amp;psid=3390">Scopes “monkey” trial </a>that centered on the teaching of evolution in schools. The film came out right after the McCarthy era and presents a powerful defense of intellectual freedom and the importance of allowing unpopular ideas to be freely expressed.</p> <p>4.    <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirteen_Days_(film)"> <em>Thirteen Days</em></a>: This film (2000) depicts the tension and behind-the-scenes discussions that occurred during the 13 days of the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuban_Missile_Crisis">Cuban Missile Crisis</a> (1962), at the height of the Cold War, when the world came perilously close to nuclear Armageddon. The intense and contentious conversations that took place in the White House during this period highlight the difficult decision that President Kennedy faced—resort to violence and a possible nuclear war with the Soviet Union or attempt to resolve the conflict without violence.</p> <p>5.     <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_the_President's_Men_(film)"><em>All the President’s Men</em></a>: This 1976 drama based on the book by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward depicts the exhaustive investigation by the two <em>Washington Post </em>reporters into the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/special/watergate/timeline.html">Watergate</a> burglary and the subsequent cover up by the Nixon administration that led to his downfall and ultimate resignation.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/ian-rusten" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Ian Rusten</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/history" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">history</a></div><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/film" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">film</a></div><div class="field-item odd" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/summer-viewing" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">summer viewing</a></div><div class="field-item even" rel="dc:subject"><a href="/tags/summer" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Summer</a></div></div></div> Fri, 01 May 2015 14:58:34 +0000 ianr 13251 at https://www.beekmanschool.org