Truth and bio-pics

I strongly agree- spate of inaccurate Churchill biopics and other films substituting for detailed historical knowledge.

This and That

Dear makers of movies. The truth does matter and it isn’t what you think it is.

Quoting from an article about whether movies about the truth have to be factually correct: “Yet a Google search of each of these titles will produce a long list of factual inaccuracies. And that’s OK — because these films are not about facts, they are about something much more elusive and important: truth.”

I’m a historian and my problem is that this sounds like something Donald Trump says every morning looking in the mirror.

Is there some special reason why Trump would be pilloried the internet over for saying that, whereas movie makers have a dispensation?

Not to mention, it may be an easy way to get your history, from novels, bio-pics, histo-pics etc. But after you stop reading or stop watching you have no idea which bits were true and which bits weren’t…

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By penwithlit

Freelance writer and radio presenter

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