The Oscars: revisionist history on film?

By Christopher B. Daly 

Hooray that more than half of the leading contenders for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards have historical themes.

A question that always hangs over such films is: how accurate are they? Accuracy, of course, is often in the eye of the beholder, but a more useful question might be: do any of these films revise history in a way that improves our historical understanding, warps our historical understanding, or makes no difference?

Keep that in mind tonight when watching the Oscars show a propos the following:

–Les Miz (just how often do the poor break into song?) imgres

 

 

 

 

imgres-1–Argo (does it matter that the character played by Ben Affleck was really Hispanic? If you don’t think so, then Ah, go fuck yourself!)

 

 

 

imgres-2–Zero Dark Thirty (who says that torture “worked”?)

 

 

 

 

imgres-3–Lincoln (did one weary, kindly man “free the slaves” all by himself?)

 

 

 

 

imgres-4–Django Unchained (was the past an orgy of stylized violence?)

 

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3 responses to “The Oscars: revisionist history on film?

  1. I feel like Tarantino’s films are purposely revisionist. That’s the reason for the last two films he’s made. They are historical revenge fantasies (i.e. Jews killing hitler and a slave destroying a bunch of slavers)

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