Published: February 11, 2014
The Academy Awards are right around the corner, and so we’re heading to the movies. We’re devoting an hour to the way history is portrayed in this year’s Oscar nominees, including 12 Years A Slave, American Hustle, Dallas Buyer’s Club & Captain Phillips. We’ll look at the political context of the original Solomon Northup slave narrative, and consider the way Hollywood represents “average” people’s experience by portraying extraordinary people’s stories. We’ll also reflect on some of the larger challenges involved in turning the messiness of real-life into a neatly-packaged cinematic experience.
Help shape this episode! What do you think of the history in past year’s movies? Can Hollywood ever get it right? Were you involved in any of the stories portrayed in these movies, and if so, what’s your perspective on those films? Share your questions, stories and ideas below.