History Stories
CATEGORY: Film
Bond—James Bond—Was Created to Mourn the British Empire
August 2, 2017

Ian Fleming’s cunning action hero reflected the (former) glories of imperial Britain. Read More

8 Ways the Original “Star Trek” Made History
September 8, 2016

Fifty years after the cult classic science fiction TV series “Star Trek” made its debut, take a look back at its enduring cultural impact. Read More

When New Jersey Was Film Capital of the World
February 29, 2016

When Hollywood was still a dusty outpost surrounded by orange groves a century ago, the motion picture industry was born in a vastly different locale—Fort Lee, New Jersey. Read More

The Real History That Inspired “Star Wars”
December 17, 2015

Find out how this planet’s real-life history inspired filmmaker George Lucas to create his sci-fi saga in a galaxy far, far away. Read More

Florence Lawrence: The First Movie Star
December 7, 2015

Widely acclaimed as the first movie star, Florence Lawrence was the first film actress whose name was used to promote her films. Read More

8 Classic Films That Ran Afoul of Hollywood Censors
March 31, 2015

Get the stories behind eight famous films that tested the limits of what was acceptable content for the silver screen Read More

The Real History Behind “The Sound of Music”
March 2, 2015

Explore the true history behind one of the most popular films of all time, “The Sound of Music.” Read More

When Godzilla Attacked Tokyo
November 3, 2014

The classic Japanese science fiction film “Gojira,” about a prehistoric monster brought back to life by nuclear testing, made its debut on November 3, 1954. Read More

Archaeologists Unearth Giant Sphinx—in California
October 21, 2014

California archaeologists have unearthed a piece of Hollywood history—a plaster sphinx from the 1923 Cecil B. DeMille epic “The Ten Commandments.” Read More

The Lumière Brothers, Pioneers of Cinema
October 3, 2014

Take a look back at the Lumière brothers and their groundbreaking invention, the Cinématographe. Read More