Fact vs. Fiction: Thor Heyerdahl’s Kon Tiki
Major film studios have always had a loose relationship with historical accuracy; it hardly takes the most well schooled of film buffs to highlight the blaring liberties taken in U-571, for example. While taking a few minor liberties with the truth to produce a better dramatic film might seem acceptable, it can be hard to fathom the reasoning behind some changes film producers and screenwriters have made and even recent successful films like The King’s Speech and Argo attracted some criticism for their deviations from the truth.
So welcome to the first instalment of Fact vs. Fiction; a feature where we look at how real life events have been portrayed in films and how faithful to those events the films have remained. We’ll look at a fictionalised account of an historical moment, person or series of events and also at a documentary…
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