Some More Accurate Historical Films

ByNida Faraz

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June 25, 2023

Some More Accurate Historical Films

Nida Faraz talks about some more historical movies

Some More Accurate Historical Films – Movies have the uncanny ability to transport the viewer from one world to another impacting his perception of things. Moreover, a great film can help open one’s eyes to the realities lived by people. Historical movies are particularly adept at bringing better understanding of the bygone world and it is usually exciting to view them. Particularly the war films have a special charm and strongly tickle the fancy of cinemagoers. Such films are a treat to watch.

Tora Tora Tora (1970)
Japanese and American filmmakers collaborated to create a biographical war movie called Tora Tora Tora over three decades since the bombing of Pearl Harbor. It showed the two perspectives of the attack and used historical sets whenever they could. The filmmakers took footage of USS destroyers and recreated the exact same aircraft used by the Japanese soldiers. Even though it did not get the best critical reviews, it is undeniable that it was one of the most accurate films about the Second World War. In fact it is often a staple in history classes!

Enemy At The Gates (2001)
Here is another depiction of the Battle of Stalingrad. However, the 2001 film showed the perspective of the Soviet soldiers. Enemy at the Gates did a great job of showing the conditions that the residents and soldiers had to go through during the winter of 1942-1943. It also showed us the point of view of female soldiers and residents who helped the success of the Soviets. Even though a non-fiction book was used as the basis for the film, there were plenty of artistic liberties such as a love story.

Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World (2003)
Master and Commander was set in 1805 considered the peak of the Napoleonic Wars. It follows a real friendship between a medical surgeon and a British Royal Navy captain. The film crew relied on a novel for reference but this did not stop them from relying on historical facts. While it feels slow-paced, it did a great job of showing what a 19th century naval battle was like. Aside from that, it also gave us a masterful depiction of the antiquated medical practices of the time, as well as isolation and daily life on a ship.

The Great Escape (1963)
Even though it was not particularly praised for its historical accuracy, The Great Escape still stayed true to its characters and time period. As a matter of fact, many characters were based on real people! The team also shot the scenes in German settings and used a tunnel made for escape. Still, the movie paints a more Americanized perspective of this escape when in reality, it was mostly planned by Canadian and British personnel. Three escapees were Dutch and Norwegian as well.

Rescue Dawn (2006)
The film follows the story of Dieter Dengler, a German-American pilot who was captured during the Vietnam War. He was captured, imprisoned, tortured, and eventually escaped. A lot of praise has been given to Rescue Dawn since it went to great lengths to show the daily struggles in the camp. They did change small details such as his accent and the number of prisoners held hostage, however. More importantly, it understates the worst torture that Dengler received probably in an effort to stay PG-13.

U-571 (2000)
U-571 had a powerhouse of a cast with the likes of Matthew McConaughey, Jon Bon Jovi, and Harvey Keitel. It was meant to showcase the brave American soldiers who retrieved an Enigma coding device from a German sub during the Second World War. Even though they did that successfully, the truth was that HMS Bulldog from the United Kingdom accomplished this feat months before the United States even joined the war effort. The film received plenty of criticism for this since it felt like it was downplaying the efforts of other Allied nations during the war. The Weekender

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