How realistic should 'real-world' films be?

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Re: How realistic should 'real-world' films be?

Postby drossall » 30 Jun 2020, 6:32pm

The problem is that the film is "better" than reality in many ways and therefore may be better remembered. But that's not good if we remember a false version of history, in which people say or do things that they didn't or, perhaps worse, do things that other people actually did.

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Re: How realistic should 'real-world' films be?

Postby Tangled Metal » 30 Jun 2020, 9:58pm

drossall wrote:The problem is that the film is "better" than reality in many ways and therefore may be better remembered. But that's not good if we remember a false version of history, in which people say or do things that they didn't or, perhaps worse, do things that other people actually did.

Many Hollywood examples of that. Such as that U-boat capture story and a lot of war stories. I'm still waiting for a version of the events around 1066 where William is an American or Aussie (is crowd too old now?) And Harold talks with an exaggerated English accent or possibly a German one just to make sure American audiences know the bad guy. Plus the Harold actor is an American who has never been to UK and actually thinks English do talk with received pronunciation.

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Re: How realistic should 'real-world' films be?

Postby Cyril Haearn » 1 Jul 2020, 6:35am

Whatabout Westerns? They come in many different varieties, some are more realistic than others
But what do we know?
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Re: How realistic should 'real-world' films be?

Postby Ben@Forest » 1 Jul 2020, 7:27am

Cyril Haearn wrote:Whatabout Westerns? They come in many different varieties, some are more realistic than others
But what do we know?


I remember reading that most cowboys did not own a gun, their pay was poor and they couldn't afford one. Also the derby hat (what we call a bowler hat) was at least as commonly worn as the archetypal stetson.

Of course many Westerns are about criminals and lawmen - who obviously did carry guns.

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Re: How realistic should 'real-world' films be?

Postby Cyril Haearn » 1 Jul 2020, 9:19am

Just read about a visit to Cat World. Many people are surprised how big or small animals they 'know' from films really are
A five-year-old tiger weighed 230 kg :?
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