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December 10, 2007 · Grades 9-12 · 45 minutes
History Meets Hollywood discusses the positive and negative results of portraying historical figures and events through popular film.
The program features a panel of guests with backgrounds in historical study and the entertainment industry. The panelist discuss what students learn about history through popular film, how those films are used by teachers, and the merits of “dramatization” as a way to depict history. The pane, moderated by television news anchor and host of MSNBC’s Hardball, Chris Matthews, include Dr. Libby O’Connell, Chief Historian for the History Channel, actor Sebastian Roché, who portrayed George Washington in We Fight to Be Free, and representatives from the new Disney Pictures film, National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets.
Sebastian Roché discusses the excitement of recreating history.