Feature Film

Barker, Reginald. The Coward. United States: Triangle Distributing , 1915.

An example of the national embrace of the Lost Cause in popular culture in the early 20th century, The Coward explores the theme of courage in battle. The elderly Winslow, a proud and prominent Virginia planter, volunteers his and his son's service to the Confederate Army. When the son deserts due to cowardice, his father takes his place. The young son redeems himself when he obtains intelligence about Union army strategy and conveys it to the Confederate army.

Scorsese, Martin. Gangs of New York. United States: Miramax Films, 2002.

Gangs of New York explores vengence, immigration, and local politics during the American Civil War. A young man plots to destroy the man who killed his father, a rival gang leader who has risen from the Irish immigrant ranks to Tammany Hall. Their final confrontation unfolds during the New York Draft Riot of 1863 when working-class men attacked free blacks in their anger over fighting a war they did not support. 

Nichols, Dudley. Mourning Becomes Electra. United States: RKO Radio Pictures, 1947.

Eugene O'Neill's play was an adaptation of the Greek tragedy Oresteia

Minghella, Anthony. Cold Mountain. United States: Miramax Films, 2003.
Robson, Mark. Lost Command. United States: Columbia Pictures, 1966.

Banned in France until 1970.

Pontecorvo, Gillo. The Battle of Algiers. La battaglia di Algeri, معركة الجزائر‎. Italy: Magna, 1966.

banned in France for five years after its release

Khelifa, Said Ould. Zabana!. Algeria, 2012.

See Gillo Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers; Zabana's execution begins that film. The movie also assumes viewers have knowledge of colonial Algeria, the war, and French policies. 

Stevens, George. Gunga Din. United States: RKO Radio Pictures, 1939.

Deemed "culturally significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for presevation in the National Film Registry in 1999. 

Recent scholarship notes that the legend surrounding the Thuggees as violent murderers and thieves was largely an invention by the British to justify their rule of India.  


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