My grandfather Germany 1944 via r/TheWayWeWere by @midmowhitey
Gunnery training for the British Vickers machine gun.
Notre-Dame Basilica, Montreal
You know what irks me, minor as it is? When movies based on true events get the general story completely wrong and miss the point of what was happening, but then then they sprinkle in breadcrumbs of specific facts that they do get right which means that the writers did do the research but they chose not to show the whole story for whatever reason. It feels like a tease!
I’m not a huge stickler for 100% factual accuracy in movies all the time, I get that sometimes it’s more beneficial to fudge some details in order to fit into a movie structure, or executive meddling happens outside of the creator’s control, or if the movie clearly states that it’s intentionally like an AU… but I hate when this happens in bad movies as well as in kids movies (those two can easily overlap, just because it’s a kids movie doesn’t mean you should compromise the whole truth!)
I’m sure Disney’s Pocahontas is a prime example of what I’m talking about, but I’m actually gonna talk about what I think is a particularly egregious case of this: a 90’s animated movie based off of the story of Anastasia. No, not the Don Bluth movie, though that’s a good example too, I’m talking about a rip-off of Don Bluth’s movie from a studio called Golden Films that was co-written by Charles Martinet.
This is a movie that has TALKING BIRDS and Rasputin not dying and LEADING THE BOLSHEVIKS IN THE COMMUNIST REVOLUTION, but includes details such the Romanov sisters visiting and nursing soldiers in hospitals and the Romanovs sewing jewelry into their corsets. Heck, this movie is probably the only one of its ilk that doesn’t present the Anna Anderson story as the real deal. (It makes up some other bullshit but they use a less-than-semi-plausible way Anastasia could’ve survived by having the jewelry block the bullets and Anastasia being taken away by a sympathetic soldier, but I guess props to them for trying.)
Sometimes it could be that these movies getting a few things right could be a complete and total accident, like maybe the Anastasia movie I mentioned above, but when it’s clear they did do the research it can be really disappointing because oftentimes the real story is way more engaging than what happens in the movie and it just feels like people are getting held back.
At the time of this post, it was January 28, 2020 at 04:00AM
French President Raymond Poincaré rides in a carriage along Nevsky Prospekt St. Petersburg, accompanied by a squadron of his Majesty’s Cossack’s Life Guards regiment. July 8, 1914
Argentinian dagger, 19th century.
from Sofe Design Auctions
no one: …
not even King George III: …
not a French soul: …
Wernher von Braun drive the first prototype of Lunar Rover. 1960s [1280x848]
At the time of this post, it was January 28, 2020 at 03:00AM
And I have a plan. I’ll get my degree in museum studies. From there, I will become an archivist at a museum on a collage campus. I will wear a dark blue cape, and disappear into the archives from time to time for a week or so. A grad student comes looking for a file. He delves deep into the towers of paper, and finds a pile of blankets and - is that a mini fridge? I emerge from the stacks, hand him the file, and one that he didn’t know he needed until he sees it, and the moment he turns his back on me I will be gone. Soon, I become campus ledgend. Sometimes, the exact source you need is on your desk. You don’t know how it got there. When you return it, I will emerge from the archives (do I live there? You haven’t seen me leave. Or eat. Or sleep. I seem to be Omnipresent in the archives, always knowing what you need.) in my hooded cloak. I had you a cookie. You don’t see me return to the rows on artifacts, yet somehow I am gone.
There’s one particular issue I did not forsee in writing fanfic for something based (however loosely – I’m performing transformation on an adaptation of historical fiction, after all) on real history: the pretty inevitable compromise between historically accurate and show accurate, especially when you’re filling in gaps (hoho) in the narrative. I’ve dealt with the exigencies of Doctor Who killing off the Cardinal at least ten years before his time, the Governorship of Paris lying vacant pretty much throughout the chronological scope of the show, and I’ve even managed to avoid fulminating about the egregious end they made of Ninon de Laroque by comparison with the glorious life of Ninon de l’Enclose, on which she’s clearly based. Okay, yes, that may well be a future post, now I come to think of it.
All of which is to say that I have a massive rant/ history lesson that’s been brewing sullenly in my notes file, about the monastery at Douai, for a good few months, that starts with the phrase “Oh, fuck the BBC, man.”
So look out for that soon, because now I’ve found tumblr, there’s less need to subject my readers to acres of nerdout notes at the end of each chapter.
~ Fragment with Running Figure.
Place of origin: Egypt
Period: Byzantine period
Date: A.D. 6th century
Medium: Tapestry; linen and wool
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