The Importance of Truth and Transparency in Historical Films

Paper by Ashley Cope.

Documentary-like docu-dramas have become ever popular in the past few years. With the rise of these ‘based on true events’ documentary-like films has raised the question of how much responsibility a filmmaker has to provide the truth in these films, or if filmmakers have creative liberties when creating ‘based on true events.’ Through a comparative analysis of three docu-dramas; The Lives of Others (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2006), Downfall (Oliver Hirschbiegel, 2004), and All the President’s Men (Alan J. Pakula, 1976) this paper will examine where these ‘based on true event’ films are following history and adding in creative liberty. In movies that claim to be based on historical, true events, filmmakers do have a right to storytell for the purpose of entertainment, but if they choose to do so disclaimers should be included at the beginning or end of the film about anything that was not historically accurate shown.

A docudrama is a dramatized retelling of historical events in films; named docudrama from combining the words documentary and drama. These types of movies are increasingly popular and can help bring awareness to different subjects in history.

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Love is Made Up of Colors, Song, and Jenny and Guy

Paper by Chanel Yessner.

Colorful, like the Holi festival in India, with everything from the clothes worn to the decoration of the rooms to the bright umbrellas themselves, and a musical, and not just any musical but a musical where the singing never stops. Bring this all together with a new wave tale of love, war, and sorrow, and The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is created. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964), directed by Jacques Demy, is a vital work of the French New Wave period. The French New Wave period is based on breaking from traditional movie making techniques and accepted ways of production and creating something new and fresh. Which is something that The Umbrellas of Cherbourg focused on doing. This movie is a part of the film movement called the French New Wave, which was focused on “new directors” opposing the “old school of French Cinema” by advocating “freer structures, more innovative subject matter, and an immaculate emancipation from the predominance of scriptwriters” (Lanzoni 205). One of the critical points of French New Wave movies is trying to make the audience member feel like they are watching a movie,

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