Where the facts lie (letter)by Paul HotchkinNews Weekly
, June 29, 2002
After reading Terry Teachout's article about Ron Howard's movie, A Beautiful Mind
, I was compelled to write that while I agree with his frustration on Hollywood's distortion or lack of facts, it is nothing new in any media whether the local newspaper or the current news story on TV.
The thing that particularly disturbs me is Hollywood's obsession for reality particularly in the current wave of war stories depicting the realism of war and the violence that surrounds it.
Schools are showing The Saving of Private Ryan
to their students to show what the realism of war is like. Even then parts in the movie were unrealistic.
The recent well-founded controversy over the film Baise Moi
was over its realism in its depiction of sex and violence.
But do we want realism or do we want to go to see a movie and be entertained by fantasy? Recent box office takings shows that movies such as Spiderman
and Star Wars
are the type of films people really want to see, after all, who wants realism when we live it and see it everyday?
If you want the facts, read the biography or see the documentary and even then be wary because even journalists or biographers can get it wrong.Paul Hotchkin, President,
National Viewers and Listeners Association of Australia