From ‘The AP Party’: Films Telling True Stories Must Alter History to Find Truth, and That’s OK

 

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After seeing ‘Steve Jobs’ and reading backlash citing the film’s inaccuracies,  I wrote a piece for The AP Party in response to these claims seemingly hurting their performance at the box office. Link to the full article below.

“Find The Truth.” It’s a direction often used in acting classes to guide actors into discovering the basics motivations and traits of their characters. It’s also used for writers and directors to understand the true essence of a scene.

Work based on true stories have been with us for as long as anyone can remember. Yet recent works — particularly biopics — fall under tight scrutiny while similar, older films weren’t met with the same scrutiny. Many claim such inaccuracies ruin those respective works because particular events didn’t occur as depicted or just didn’t happen. Yet it’s unlikely that Shakespeare ripped all of his scenes for Julius Caesar straight from the headlines of March 15, 44 BC. Like Shakespeare, many filmmakers alter and elaborate for the sake of dramatic storytelling. But until recently, those creators haven’t received the same criticisms they get now. Read More…

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