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Old 05-31-2021, 11:28 AM
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Originally Posted by KathrynAragon View Post
I just want historical dramas to be historically accurate as much as possible. I don't like to see unhistoric military gear or uniforms on actors either. And I don't like bad accents. Or (the worst German EVER) Tom Cruise with no accent. Lord have mercy.
And few movies try. In almost every historical film, drama and convenience periodically supersedes historical accuracy.

Gladiator barely even bothered, teeming with historical inaccuracies.

The Great Escape converts numerous British and Commonwealth characters into Americans. [see also: U-571]

Apollo 13 is rife with all sorts of added drama and phraseology that simply never happened.

The Lion in Winter - one of my absolutely favorite historical movies - contains numerous historical inaccuracies.

The Patriot? Please... [actually, wildly ahistorical 'historical' films seem to be a specialty of Mel Gibson]

There's nothing wrong with any of this. Why? Because even though they are based somewhat on real events, these are ultimately all works of fiction. They exist to entertain, not to educate. If I may say so rather bluntly, anyone who walks away from a film thinking they learned history is a lazy fool.

And frankly, most of those who are having the vapors over a black person cast in a historically inaccurate fashion could not possibly care less about any of the historical inaccuracies in any of these movies I listed. Because 'historical accuracy' is just an excuse.
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