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Old December 5th, 2012, 04:07 PM   #181
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Films listed here that I enjoyed. May not be perfect on historical accuracy but very enjoyable to watch.

Gladiator (One of my top 5 films)
Kingdom of Heaven (One of my top 5 films)
The Last Legion
Robin Hood
Robin Hood Prince of Thieves
Valhalla Rising
Braveheart
King Arthur
The Eagle
The Last Samurai
300
Fall of the Roman Empire

I'm sure some hated Caligula as well. However, I did not.

But to be honest, the only thing that matters to me, is that they were enjoyable films for me.
I love that list of films. Accurate? No. Good? Very.
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Old December 5th, 2012, 05:27 PM   #182

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A series I love is "I, Claudius." However, I do not subscribe to the "Livia killed everybody" theory.
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A series I love is "I, Claudius." However, I do not subscribe to the "Livia killed everybody" theory.
But you have to admit...Sian Phillips made an excellent evil "empress". The series simply wouldn't have been worth watching if not for Livia
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can i dare "mention" john wayne --- (the green berets)

i am not even going to list the items --
I think that movie radicalized me against the war and 6 years later, "The Deer Hunter" confirmed my suspicions

An exercise in schizophrenia would be to watch these two movies in a double bill..
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 11:36 AM   #185
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Historical accuracy and film-making are simply no good partners.
I don't necessarily agree--at the very least, there are exceptions. There have been some excellent films that are very historically accurate--Tora! Tora! Tora!, The Battle of Algiers, The Pianist, Das Boot (the story itself is fictional, although drawn from actual U-boat experiences, but its portrayal of life on a U-boat is very on the mark in most ways), and Der Untergang come to mind. Are these films 100% historically accurate? No. But, as I said on another thread, let's be honest--nothing done by professional historians is 100% accurate either.
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Santa Fe Trail has Custer and Jeb Stuart serving at the same post in the West (and if I remember correctly) as West Point classmates.
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As for The Patriot, I've never read of British troops rounding up rebel troops or civilians during the Revolution and deliberately burning them in buildings. Loyalist forces led by John Butler did commit that very atrocity on at least one occasion, however.

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Knarly Dan you might want to read up a bit on the tralton legion and King's Mountain. The war in the south was very, very brutal and rather than a revolution it had most of the nastiness of a civil war.
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Knarly Dan you might want to read up a bit on the tralton legion and King's Mountain. The war in the south was very, very brutal and rather than a revolution it had most of the nastiness of a civil war.
Welcome to the forum.

The southern war was very brutal indeed, but the church burning was entirely fabricated for the film.
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Knarly Dan you might want to read up a bit on the tralton legion and King's Mountain. The war in the south was very, very brutal and rather than a revolution it had most of the nastiness of a civil war.
Somewhere I once read that Butler's gang rounded up some Patriot civilians and burned them alive in a church, but after much hunting around cyberspace have found nothing to confirm that story, so it's likely untrue. My bad.

King's Mountain is a fascinating topic, as is Major Ferguson himself. Had his breech-loading rifle been adopted early in the Revolution... Well, let's just say there'd be a whole lot less for us to celebrate on the 4th of July.
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A series I love is "I, Claudius." However, I do not subscribe to the "Livia killed everybody" theory.
However unlike most of the examples mentioned in this thread it is a viable theory, it is not supported by any sources, but it could theoretically have been possible.
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