A Conversation with Robert Burgoyne on the Historical Film

Robert Burgoyne

Robert Burgoyne

“The Sensual Encounter of Words, Images and Sounds”, a conversation with Robert Burgoyne on the historical film and Film Studies, is now available. Robert Burgoyne is Professor of Film Studies at the University of St Andrews. Robert specializes in American cinema and its articulation of, especially, ‘counter narratives’ of nation through topical or historical representation. However, he has also worked on films from other cultures, including Italian cinema. He is the author of very many articles as well as two of the most important and influential books on film and history: The Hollywood Historical Film (Malden: Blackwell, 2008), and Film Nation: Hollywood Looks at U.S. History, originally published in 1997, and in a revised and expanded edition in 2010 (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press).

The conversation deals with questions of the definition and appeal of the historical film, national and transnational address, and the relation of historical film studies to film studies more broadly.