|FACT IN FICTION
Should historical dramatizations hold accuracy above all?
March 19, 1998
in this forum:
What examples of fictionalized history have you seen recently? Can't viewers be trusted to separate fact from fiction? Is it necessary for a movie to be completely accurate? What about the role of technology in film making? Are movies held up to a higher standard than books? Viewer comments. Ellio Dale of Meadville, PA asks: The theme is what counts. Is it really necessary to have something completely accurate? For example, Jim Cameron's "Titanic" was a love story.
Cynthia Ozick responds:This question fits right into my answer to the last question. "The theme is what counts"? But how can there be a "theme" without components? And if the components are distorted, what will be left of the theme? The questioner knows very well what he wants: a good time at the movies.
Prof. Robert Toplin responds:
This is a very good question, and I tried to incorporate a response to it in my remarks on question #1.