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From historical Egypt to the Tudors to the Nazis, the movie has frequently outlined how we predict of the prior. yet how a lot of what you notice at the display is right? And does it actually matter if filmmakers simply make all of it up? deciding upon her manner via Hollywood's model of occasions, acclaimed historian Alex von Tunzelmann kinds the very fact from the fiction. alongside the best way, we meet all our favourite historic characters, on display and in actual lifestyles: from Cleopatra to Elizabeth I, from Spartacus to Abraham Lincoln, and from Attila the Hun to Nelson Mandela. in response to the long-running column within the Guardian, Reel historical past takes a comic book examine the historical past of the area as advised during the movies—the sturdy, the undesirable, and the very, very ugly.

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