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Brooklyn Historical Society
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Brooklyn  New York  11201
United States
Brooklyn Historical Society

Hollywood Does History...Poorly

From biopics to period dramas, Hollywood has always been fascinated with historical events, but that does not mean accuracy is the priority! In this series Brooklyn Historical Society looks at films that play fast and loose with history, often to absurd effect.

The series kicks off with Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, a classic tale of 1980s slackers sent back in time by a futuristic George Carlin. Rafer Guzman, film critic at Newsday, and Kristen Meinzer of Slate introduce the film. The summer film series continues with Pocahontas, the Disney classic that rewrites the harsh story of colonialism as a tale of love, and even casts the wrong Englishman along the way! Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman provide the context and some real history. The series concludes with a look at the life of one of American history’s most iconic figures: Forrest Gump! While a work of fiction, Gump’s bizarre “right place, right time” journey through time would make him our most important historical lynchpin… if it were true, of course.