F303 Winter 2020 The Age of the Democratic Revolution in Film: The Patriot and One Nation One King
Tuesdays, 1:30–4:00, Jan. 28–Feb. 18
Instructors: Rosemarie Zagarri, Jack Censer
This course examines the portrayal of two world-changing events of the 18th century—the American Revolution and the French Revolution—through the medium of film. The Patriot (2000), starring Mel Gibson, depicts a fictionalized version of the American Revolution in the South, with an emphasis on its effects on the white and black communities in South Carolina. One Nation One King (2019) (subtitled) considers the popular politics and class resentments fueling the French Revolution. Screened and discussed in class, the films provide an opportunity to explore the shared ideals of the American and French Revolutions as well as the nature of historical filmmaking. Events portrayed in the films will be considered in relation to the actual historical events, with attention to the demands of portraying distant historical situations in a compelling fashion for a general audience.
Rosemarie Zagarri is a professor of history at George Mason University. Her research focuses on the American Revolution, early American women and politics, and transnational history.
Jack Censer taught most of his career at George Mason University (1977-2015) in the department of History and Art History. He has written several books and articles on the French Revolution, specializing in the study of the press and analyzing debate on the French Revolution.