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Two sides of a coin

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We always examine both sides of a coin. We examine all sides of a tale while narrating it. We seek to be impartial in all matters. Regardless of how strongly we feel about one side, we need to take the time to consider the opposing viewpoint. When we want to choose the optimal course of action and to project a high degree of acceptance, each side would assert and make efforts to refute the other. When do we declare that a side is deserving of our time and faith since both arguments appear plausible?

Take cinema as an example, particularly a genre that deals with historical figures whose names have left an indelible impact on a particular identity in one way or another, whether it be positive or negative. The movie should take the time to complete its research to provide an accurate picture, whether it is based on genuine occurrences or is merely an inspiration. And if there is any unfinished business, historians ought to reach a consensus that is agreeable to all sides. Therefore, this approach should not serve a select few interested parties' self-serving interests.

The first thing viewers see in certain films is the line "based on a true story". When those five words appear on the screen, viewers quickly adopt a new perspective on the movie. The movie they are watching is no longer a piece of fiction that was created only with the intention of being a motion picture. They are currently viewing a close-up recounting of an actual event that was made possible through cinematic technology.

In the early years of cinema, movies would truly capture events or aspects of daily life. Modern films that depict true events differ from them. Nowadays, reality-based films adhere to the pertinent timeline required for understanding the context or concept of the film while using actors that strikingly resemble the characters in the story or building sets that transport viewers to the scene of the event.

These well-known films regularly bring in large sums at the box office. Despite efforts by movie studios to accurately reflect the tales they are developing; many continue to argue that the nature of the feature film production process makes it difficult to portray the stories in the appropriate light. However, even movies that are later revealed to have little truth are thought to be extremely well-liked. Titanic (1997), one of the all-time largest movie office hits, contains numerous historical inaccuracies. Examining historical fiction raises the more important question, "Is it morally appropriate for filmmakers to falsify history?"

Studios will use a variety of techniques to do this. For instance, if the subjects are still living at the time of production, they might be consulted for the script as primary sources. Other films are based on books that the subjects themselves wrote. In certain cases, the movie's subjects direct it. Due to a greater desire for filmmakers to "get things right" about the history, "true story" movies are emphasized over creative screenplays. When portraying a historical figure, actors are under additional strain since they must adjust their personas to reflect the character's reality rather than the idealized version that would appear on the screen.

Historical records, eyewitness testimonies, and archaeological artifacts all assert a close relationship to occasions or circumstances that historians analyze and interpret. The potential to mirror and resemble historical personalities and events is only available through film, though. To prevent confusion, we need to critically evaluate the differences between the two sides of the tale because they could be extremely similar or completely different.


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