by Tom Thompson-
In class Thursday we spoke about movies and their role in public history. However, they are often of dubious accuracy. The one that makes me yell at my TV is the movie Pearl Harbor. In it, the character “Rafe” (Ben Affleck) jumps in a plane at Pearl Harbor to fight the attack (which actually happened). But he subsequently fights in the Battle of Britain and is a pilot on the Doolittle Raid. In historical time the Army would have had to have sent Rafe to train and fight on these various missions all within the space of four months.
Do you have a movie or book that bothers you because of its inaccurate portrayal?