Now of course whether films that "stir the pot" are a good idea or not, well that is a subject in itself. If we go down that route then we end up with a world where the past can't be re-told for fear of upsetting someone somewhere, history gets airbrushed and future generations know even less about history than the current generation do already. And that is not a good thing.
Agreed. Which is why, in the spirit of watching entertaining films devoid of historical accuracy or film value, I've vowed to re-watch The Patriot, Gallipoli, Pearl Harbor and Indianapolis: Men of Courage. I don't care if these renditions of history can't be re-told for fear of upsetting someone somewhere.
I've never seen Indianapolis: Men of Courage and Pearl Harbor is obviously not worth discussing on a wargaming forum (but Kate looked good ).
Of the other two, these, to my mind, don't fit into the simple 'stir the pot' category as they are largely ahistorical twaddle - a sort of stir the pot with propaganda nobs on if you will . 'Stirring the pot' is, in the sense I used it, simply telling a story based on the facts - and even a simple telling of that story (without recourse to lies and falsehoods) is bound to upset someone.....
But in both cases the stories as told are in large part woefully distorted versions of the truth in order to satisfy the film-makers desire to get a certain, biased, inaccurate version of history across. At least Gallipoli has the redeeming feature of being a bloody good film with a wonderful soundtrack.
England expects that every man will do his duty. Horatio Nelson October 1805