Three of the first four films to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards were movies about history. With this year’s Lincoln and Argo, we can expect that history will again have a big role at the Oscars. In this episode, the History Guys will reflect on a few of their favorite films about history. They’ll do their best to steer clear of the historian’s urge to poke holes, and instead focus on the more interesting question of what these films tell us about the times in which they were made.
What’s your favorite historical film? Are there any that strike you as particularly accurate or inaccurate? Any that do a particularly good job of projecting our current anxieties onto the past? Let us know below!