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  •  Movies "based on a true story" are not history (0+ / 0-)

    I am generally uncomfortable with these types of movies, as the viewer is not aware of what was put in for dramatic effect, what was left out because it did not fit the story to be told,  and all the info that needs to be left out to compress time into a 2 hour movie, etc..

    Then because most all viewers of the movie will never lookup the history with authoritative sources, if they are even available -- many people's understanding of history will be whatever the movie portrays.    Consider the impact of Oliver Stone's JFK in forming many people's mis-understanding of history.

    For this movie,  as in all the others, the best response is that this is a movie, it cannot be trusted as history, don't let it shape your understanding of the world any more than a James Bond movie.

    Note that the above comments do not apply to the rare serious documentary that strives to give history without a significant point of view.

    The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

    by nextstep on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 09:36:02 AM PST

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