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Re: What is the best thing you did yesterday?
« Reply #1300 on: June 30, 2019, 03:48:56 AM »
I went to an interview yesterday and they gave me the job right then and there! :))

I'll be working part time at a university's history and political science department as an instructional assistant: helping the students with their assignments, grading the subjective ones and may even guest lecture down the road. This semester is U.S. History, so it would be fun to build a film list that I can share with the students to help in their studies. Any favorites of yours will go directly on the list!

Lucky students, congrats !

Dr. Strangelove might seem like an odd choise for a history class, but I'd recommend it as a way to illustrate the nuclear scare and the Cold War in a way that is extremely approachable. Films are generally not great at depicting history accurately anyway, so you might as well go with a film that doesn't even pretend to be real at all !  ;D

For a more straightforward pick, Selma seems like it'd be a pretty good way to illustrate the Civil Rights movement.
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Re: What is the best thing you did yesterday?
« Reply #1301 on: June 30, 2019, 03:27:34 PM »
Thanks guys! :)


Teproc, I think Dr. Strangelove is a great choice! Haha! The absurdity of it all!

I haven't seen Selma, so thanks for pointing it out!
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Re: What is the best thing you did yesterday?
« Reply #1302 on: July 01, 2019, 10:33:38 AM »
This semester is U.S. History, so it would be fun to build a film list that I can share with the students to help in their studies. Any favorites of yours will go directly on the list!

The Best Years of our Lives (1946) - Documents the trials and tribulations of three different soldiers re-adjusting to civilian life after fighting in WWII.
The Missiles of October (1974) - Recounts the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, giving the perspective from both the US and Russian sides.
All the President's Men (1976) - The Watergate Scandal.
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) - Though it's based on a novel of fiction, it explores the inhumanity of the Jim Crow south of the 20th century.
Something the Lord Made (2004) - HBO film which recounted the amazing achievements of a man (Vivien Thomas) with no formal medical training, but who figured out two medical solutions that has saved the lives of millions. Unfortunately, others got the credit, because he was black.

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Re: What is the best thing you did yesterday?
« Reply #1303 on: July 01, 2019, 11:06:41 AM »
I haven't seen Selma, so thanks for pointing it out!
Or you could introduce graphic novels and have them read the three part series March written by John Lewis.

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Re: What is the best thing you did yesterday?
« Reply #1304 on: July 01, 2019, 01:17:47 PM »
Agree about The Missiles of October and All the President's Men

Some more obvious choices:
United 93
The Right Stuff
Glory
Selma
Frost/Nixon
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Re: What is the best thing you did yesterday?
« Reply #1305 on: July 01, 2019, 03:51:33 PM »
Iíll try to think of others but Iron Jawed Angels is good for womenís suffrage. Rosewood is pretty good for Jim Crow south racial violence.

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Re: What is the best thing you did yesterday?
« Reply #1306 on: July 01, 2019, 04:25:50 PM »
I haven't seen Selma, so thanks for pointing it out!
Or you could introduce graphic novels and have them read the three part series March written by John Lewis.

This is the best visual representation of the Civil Rights Movement that I've seen/read. Highly recommend.
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Re: What is the best thing you did yesterday?
« Reply #1307 on: July 01, 2019, 11:43:33 PM »
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Re: What is the best thing you did yesterday?
« Reply #1308 on: July 03, 2019, 09:57:48 PM »
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I really want to recommend 1776, despite itís hero-worship and inaccuracy, because it is where I got  an outline of the Revolution and it represents the American mythos  of the war pretty well,
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Re: What is the best thing you did yesterday?
« Reply #1309 on: July 29, 2019, 05:14:31 PM »
I went to an interview yesterday and they gave me the job right then and there! :))

I'll be working part time at a university's history and political science department as an instructional assistant: helping the students with their assignments, grading the subjective ones and may even guest lecture down the road. This semester is U.S. History, so it would be fun to build a film list that I can share with the students to help in their studies. Any favorites of yours will go directly on the list!

This is amazing Sandy, good luck!  I remember in my pop culture history class we discussed the role of history in film.  Whether or not it was important for a film to be historically accurate or for it to be allowed creative license and not care as much about historical accuracy.  A Critical History of History in Moving Pictures By John N. Dunbar Ph.D. is worth a read.  As for historical films I like things like Quo Vadis (or de Mille's Sign of the Cross) and Glory.  Political science films I liked American President, Nixon, and the two Eastwood WWII films Flags of our Fathers and the much better Letters from Iwo Jima. 
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