The truth about historical sport films

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Abstract

This article analyzes three new-millennial historical sports films that deal with racial desegregation and integration in the United States: Remember the Titans (2000), Glory Road (2006), and The Express (2008). Specifically, it attends to the ways in which filmmakers playfast and loose with history when it comes to chronology, characters, and past events. The intent is not to focus on micromistakes but rather to consider those inaccuracies most germane to the larger "truths" in these films. Ultimately, the author contends that historical sport films tend to depict racism as a relic of the past andfreight sports figures with an excessive sense of responsibility for ostensible racialprogress.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-45
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Sport History
Volume41
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • History

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