This site is for everyone who loves historical films: epics, biopics, period pieces, and true-life stories, but who also wants to know: Did it really happen that way?
Cathy Schultz is a history professor at the University of St. Francis in Illinois, and from 2004-2010 wrote the syndicated column, History in the Movies, which was featured on NPR.org and reached over a million readers in newspapers nationally. On this site, you'll find her commentary on the accuracy of over fifty historical films released since 2004.(List of films is on the left.)
This blog is no longer updated, but Dr. Schultz is available to lecture on topics of popular history. Subjects include: "Is Hollywood's History Good for You?" and "The Life and Loves of Jane Austen."
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