Yahoo Movieland! ran an interesting piece about Historically Inaccurate Movies (historical fiction), and the liberties Hollywood takes with historical fiction movies is amazing. To learn what that deliberate revision of history was, I recommend you click over to Yahoo’s Movieland! and see for yourself (use link above).
However, the impact of Hollywood rewriting history may be devastating in the long term.
When it comes to historical accuracy, it seems there is a HUGE difference between historical fiction novels and historical fiction films. If an author of historical fiction novels did the same thing, he or she would be roasted by critics.
In fact, I’m sure many people that go to movies worldwide read nothing about history let alone read books, and they walk away after seeing these movies believing this is how it really was—the beliefs of millions influenced for a lifetime.
After the first video, there is a list of thirteen of the fourteen historical fiction movies that were featured in the Yahoo Movieland! post and the money these movies raked in.
“Season of the Witch” earned more than $90 million worldwide
“The Young Victoria” earned more than $27 million
“Inglorious Basterds” earned more than $120.5 million
“10,000 B.C.” earned about $95 million
“300” earned more than $456 million
“Elizabeth: The Golden Age” earned more than $74 million
“Apocalypto” earned more than $120.6 million
“Memoires of a Geisha” earned more than $162.2 million
“The Last Samurai” earned more than $456.7 million.
“A Beautiful Mind” earned more than $313.5 million
“The Patriot” earned more than $215.2 million
“Gladiator” earned more than $457.6 million
“Braveheart” earned more than $210.4 million
If Hollywood does this for fun and profit, what do they do out of patriotism to make America’s so-called enemies look worse than they really are while inflating a false image of America?
What we learn from this is that the world we live in is made up of smoke and mirrors and reality/facts do not seem important to many people.
There are other posts on other Blogs that explore this topic. For example, here are two:
World War II Movies — Propaganda and Patriotism at Hollywood Movie Memories.com
There is an old saying that says, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” – French novelist Alphonse Karr (1808-1890)
His latest novel is Running with the Enemy. Blamed for a crime he did not commit while serving in Vietnam, his country considers him a traitor. Ethan Card is a loyal U.S. Marine desperate to prove his innocence or he will never go home again.
And the woman he loves and wants to save was trained to hate and kill Americans.
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