"History Repeats and Hollywood Remakes"

2009
Jan
6

cross-posted on MetaFilter

You know the trouble with Historically-Based Movies? Unless you’re an uneducated, ignorant moran, you know how they’re gonna end. At least that’s the argument of this Premiere article on 10 Movie Endings Spoiled By History. Of course there are ways to avoid that problem, as Cracked.com’s (yeah, them) 11 Movies Saved by Historical Inaccuracy declares. Books have been written about Historical Movies’ accuracy or inaccuracy, and everybody has an opinion on what the Best Historical Movies are, but if you want your History purely entertaining, there’s only one mandog you can count on: here are Mr. Peabody, Sherman and the original Wayback Machine dropping in on Cristopher Columbus, Pancho Villa and Francisco Pizarro and the Incas (sorry, no USA History episodes on YouTube).

Notes: “300” is the only movie on both the ‘Spoiled by History’ and ‘Saved by Historical Inaccuracy’ lists. But it was the inclusion of the Star Wars Prequels on Premiere’s ‘History’ list that motivated me to make this post. What The Frak?!?

And the first episode of Peabody’s Improbable History is less about history and more about adoption issues that are still relevant today.

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