Thursday, October 28, 2010

History Films Roundup

Detlef Siebert, "Historical Accuracy in Drama Documentaries," BBC, 15 October 2010

In most factual television programmes, dramatic reconstructions serve as backcloth - or 'wallpaper' in filmmakers' jargon - to illustrate interviews or narration. And some of the drama scenes in the BBC's six-part docu-drama series, 'Auschwitz - The Nazis and the Final Solution', are used in just this way. . . . The drama reconstructions of the BBC, however, had to be as close as possible to the historical reality. Any fictional elements or factual errors in the drama scenes would have compromised the integrity of the entire series. The historical accuracy of set design, cast and dialogue was therefore of greatest importance.>>>

Daniel Person, "New film chronicles history of bison and men," Bozeman Daily, 26 October 2010.

"Facing the Storm," a new documentary about bison being screened tonight at the Emerson Center for Arts and Culture, is nothing if not ambitious. The film sets out to document "the complete history of human relations with the largest land mammal on the continent.">>>

Alex von Tunzelmann, "The Duellists: it takes two to tangle," Guardian, 28 October 2010.

Ridley Scott's film about a pair of French officers who fight 17 head-to-heads in two decades is tense, true and very, very sharp Joseph Conrad's short story The Duel was based on the true story of two French officers, François Louis Fournier and Pierre Dupont. Fournier and Dupont engaged in 17 duels over two decades. In the film, as in Conrad's version, Fournier and Dupont's names are disguised as Feraud and d'Hubert.>>>

Jonathan Melville, "Film Review: Burke and Hare," Edinburgh Evening News, 28 October 2010.

OPENING with the ominous warning that "The events in this film are true, except the bits that are not," director John Landis' take on the story of Edinburgh's most notorious murderers, the eponymous Burke and Hare, arrives in cinemas just in time for Hallowe'en. Determined to assess the film's historical accuracy, I enlisted the help of Burke and Hare Murder Tour guide Stuart Nicoll, the man who took Landis on a trip around Edinburgh's Old Town in late 2009 as he scouted for locations.>>>

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