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Old Yesterday, 01:53 PM
 
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I don't particularly care about the accuracy of historical dramas because the emphasis is on the drama and the historical is secondary. There's a reason drama is the noun and historical is the adjective.

Fiction is meant to entertain. History is meant to educate.

The Seventh Seal
Lincoln
Mad Men
Nixon
Chernobyl


In all, the drama is paramount. When history is paramount, the proper format is the documentary.

This should be self-evident. Dialogue is by necessity almost completely invented. Or, to put it another way, it's fiction. Depicted situations, attire, interactions? Again, invented because mostly it's not known to the precision that can be depicted in the first place. That's fiction. And since the goal is ultimately to put butts in theater seats and sell streams, the history will necessarily be dramatized in order to increase its appeal.

I have not one shred of sympathy for those who find themselves misinformed because they presumed they were learning history when, in fact, they were watching a fictionalized dramatization. Their presumption is the problem.

This is spot on. Hey, if it's an egregious departure from the facts, sure. But there's nothing more annoying that some smug, pedantic nitwit who wants to point out that the US Army didn't use a particular brass button in its dress uniforms in World War II, having introduced it in 1947. Because the motivation of that person isn't to actually critique a movie on its dramatic merits, but rather wallow in a pretty obvious bit of self-aggrandizement to show off one's mastery of the trivial.

Case in point? In the battle scene of Patton where American forces defeat the Germans in Africa. There's always some smug nitwit who points at the German tanks and says, "Why THOSE aren't German tanks!"

Yeah, we knew that already. But who cares?
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Old Yesterday, 11:32 PM
 
Location: Sweden
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I agree with 2x3x29x41 and MinivanDriver.

People like this historian always tend to miss the fact that this is not documentaries.
I remember the outrage when Marie Antoinette wore pink Reeboks.
Also, I can´t take anyone seriously who misspells the absolute first word in his blog.
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Old Today, 07:32 AM
 
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I agree with 2x3x29x41 and MinivanDriver.

People like this historian always tend to miss the fact that this is not documentaries.
I remember the outrage when Marie Antoinette wore pink Reeboks.
Also, I can´t take anyone seriously who misspells the absolute first word in his blog.
I assume you refer to "an historian"...it was used correctly (particularly in british english which tends to use "an" before a silent "h").
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Old Today, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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I assume you refer to "an historian"...it was used correctly (particularly in british english which tends to use "an" before a silent "h").
Silent "h" in history? Istory?
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Old Today, 02:03 PM
 
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Silent "h" in history? Istory?
You gotta put like a british accent to it...like "Prince 'arry is a bloody wanker, w'ot does 'e know about 'istory mate?"
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