The Challenge of Film Considered as Historical Research

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Olaf Berg


The article focuses on the use of film as a medium of historical research. It discusses the film "Shoah," directed by Claude Lanzmann, which is considered as a model for filmic history. It also looks into Robert Rosenstone's claim that people may consider filmmakers as historians and that people should derive theory from practice through analyzing how the past has been portrayed in films.

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Olaf Berg, University of Hamburg

Olaf Berg is a historian and film-maker. He is member of the Center for Media-Pedagogy (mpz-hamburg) and is currently writing his PhD on ‘Film considered as Historical Research’ at the University of Hamburg, Germany.


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