The Persistence of History
Cinema, Television and the Modern Event
Edited by Vivian Sobchack
Published December 27th 1995 by Routledge – 288 pages
Series: AFI Film Readers
The Persistence of History examines how the moving image has completely altered traditional modes of historical thought and representation. Exploring a range of film and video texts, from The Ten Commandments to the Rodney King video, from the projected work of documentarian Errol Morris to Oliver Stone's JFK and Spielberg's Schindler's List, the volume questions the appropriate forms of media for making the incoherence and fragmentation of contemporary history intelligible.
Vivian Sobchack is Professor on the Department of Film and Television at UCLA. Her most recent book is The Address of the Eye.