Being the Academy Awards are around the corner, plenty of news programs are jumping on the Academy train. NPR posted the financial bonus this year’s Academy nominees experienced at the box office. Another post by Dargis and Scott at the New York Times focused on the “historic” feel of these films, and how far the proffered truth might be from the facts.
I am aware movie producers, directors and writers are not strictly bound by historical fact and truth (whatever those might be). I believe these films will stand as testaments of this era’s social values, rather than a careful historical study. It is art, not a true representation of history.
But what about movie-goers who accept such movies as fact? I suppose plenty of film reviews are being tossed about, upholding or correcting their veracity. But will the average citizen seek out these stories and commentaries? Perhaps if enough news outlets pick up on the story and personally deliver it to their reader’s doorstep/laptop/tablet/cell phone.
The fact that people get their (mis)information from all of the wrong places isn’t something new. But who should be pointing out the errors and correcting popular opinion? The conscientious teacher? The engaged parent? The ethically-bound movie critic?
What do you think? I think all of the above would be great; even better, that every theater patron would be skeptical and intelligent enough to take artistic representation with a grain of salt. And to educate themselves.