Monday, March 18, 2013

Assignment 2

                Although I haven’t seen any of these movies in particular, I agree with the statement that filmmakers should be held responsible for telling the truth. At the same time, movies are considered a pure form of entertainment so it should be a given that not everything is true nor does it have to be. The viewers should be able to decide whether they believe it or not. It is somewhat their responsibility to not be completely ignorant of what is being shown. This statement goes against my initial sentence saying that filmmakers should be held responsible for the truth, but I think that they should only have to be responsible for telling the truth under certain circumstances.  
                If a movie is depicting a specific historical event they should be telling the truth. Whenever a movie is basing their story line on past events, people, and stories they should be 100% factual. If they aren’t accurate, then, the movie shouldn’t use the same names for the subjects. They should then give alternative names and let the audience decide whether or not it relates to what they were initially trying to depict.
                With the movies in the article, the responses given weren’t out of line by any means. These movies all represented mass historical events. Also, they made it clear which event was being depicted. Therefore some things should have been changed so there was no misrepresentation going on throughout the films. They could’ve changed names like I suggested above or they could have even made a small disclaimer before or after the movie. At least this way it would be clear that these historically based movies aren’t 100% accurate. They don’t necessarily have to state everything that isn’t true. They could just mention that they aren’t fully based off of the historical event. This way the filmmaker would be informing their audience that the movie isn’t meant to accurately depict the historical event 100% of the film.

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