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History vs. Hollywood was a television show on the History Channel in the United States. On the show, experts are interviewed on the historical accuracy of a film that is based on a historical event. For example, the movie The Last Samurai was featured in one episode in which military historian Geoffrey Wawro, professor of history at the University of North Texas, and director of the university's Barsanti Military History Center, compared the movie with the actual events (December 2003).[1] On the show the expert guests discuss the factual accuracy of the film as well as the everyday objects that a person of the particular time period would have seen. In some episodes an expert or the host will go on a journey to the actual historical sites depicted in the film, or interview someone who witnessed the event firsthand. In each of the more than dozen episodes both expert guests and filmmakers will discuss the historical accuracy of the film dramatized.

History vs. Hollywood
Presented byJosh Binswanger
Narrated byBurt Reynolds
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)Prometheus Entertainment
Original networkHistory Channel
Original release1 January 2001 –
15 December 2004
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The series was first released in 1999, and had been produced on a semi-regular basis continuing through at least 2005. The program was conceived, created and once directed by producer Steven Jack who also directed a majority of the episodes. Although the hour-long programs were made for television most episodes were shot on 35mm film.[2]


  1. ^ Wawro, curriculum vitae Accessed 14.06.2009.
  2. ^ Fisher, Bob. "A Historical Perspective: History Channel Series Focuses on the Facts Behind Fictional Feature Films". Los Angeles: International Documentary Association. Retrieved 7 May 2018.

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