Reel Histories: The Civil War in Motion Pictures

From February 12, 2011 through June 12, 2011 in Potter Peristyle


Hair and makeup screen tests from Gone With the Wind, recently restored by George Eastman House.

George Eastman House’s motion picture collection will be showcased in the museum during the run of the Civil War exhibitions. Scenes from films focused on the Civil War will be featured, including early silent examples and screen tests for Gone With the Wind recently restored by Eastman House. Also displayed will be numerous film stills and posters, from Birth of a Nation (1915) to Gods and Generals(2003).

At the heart of Hollywood’s fictions of the Civil War are the human faces the camera has brought into focus: glamorous stars who exude bravery and beauty, depictions of historical figures and portrayals of African-American slaves, often influenced by racial stereotypes. Through countless indelible images, films have created nostalgic portraits-in-motion of the Civil War.

Reel Histories was curated by Caroline Yeager, assistant curator of motion pictures.

In addition, a selection of films focusing on the Civil War will be featured in the Dryden Theatre in May. Titles to be announced at dryden.eastmanhouse.org.

 

Hair and makeup screen tests from Gone With the Wind, recently restored by George Eastman House.



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