Gone with the Glory: The Civil War in Cinema
From Birth of a Nation to Cold Mountain, hundreds of directors, actors, and screenwriters have used the Civil War to create compelling cinema. However, each generation of moviemakers has resolved the tug of war between entertainment value and historical accuracy differently. Historian Brian Steel Wills takes readers on a journey through the portrayal of the war in film, exploring what Hollywood got right and wrong, how the films influenced each other, and, ultimately, how the movies reflect America's changing understandings of the conflict and of the nation.
Rowman & Littlefield
Wills, Brian Steel, "Gone with the Glory: The Civil War in Cinema" (2011). Faculty Bookshelf. 9.