History Based on a True Story

Hollywood has always drawn its ideas from  books, stories, people and historical events. However, the most controversial movies seems to be the ones where Hollywood takes its own sensationalized version of the truth and changes history to better suit what they think the audience wants to see. Unfortunately it underestimates the fact that most of the audience who go to see history come alive actually want to see the events as they happened not what Hollywood feels would make it better. On the other hand, Kudos to Hollywood for attempting to give us a historically accurate recollections of events. Some movies fair better while others manage to anger people so much that they have to see the movie for themselves which only helps the bottom line. However some Hollywood adaptations of the past move, inspire and cause people to act. History has been interpreted so many different ways and here is lesson on why our history has changed so many times and how Hollywood has hopped on the bandwagon.

“When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” –The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Great sources to explain how or why Hollywood decided to write their own history:
How Stuff Works
Killer Movies
Film School Rejects
Screen Junkies
Total Film

The historical drama is a film genre in which stories are based upon historical events and famous persons. Some historical dramas attempt to accurately portray a historical event or biography, to the degree that the available historical research will allow. Other historical dramas are fictionalized tales that are based on an actual person and their deeds.

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