International School History - Documentary Film Making in the History Classroom

Feature film versus traditional documentary
Dramatic reconstructions are often mocked by serious historians and even documentary film makers often dismiss them as mere 'wallpaper'. (See BBC article Historical Accuracy in Drama Documentaries by Detlef Siebert)

This extract compares the relative power of two visual narratives. One is a recent History Channel documentary, the other is from the feature film Waterloo, with Rod Steiger playing Napoleon, directed by Sergey Bondarchuk.

Which is more effective and why?



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