But Is It History?

November 2011
Military History;Nov2011, Vol. 28 Issue 4, p27
The author argues that U.S. war movies, even if vivid, compelling and depict emotions of genuine warfare, are still fiction and not anchored on facts unlike history which is directly linked to reality. He explains that fiction is not an act of research but an outcome of human imagination. It cites Pancho Villa's 1914 film where fact and fiction combine as director Raoul Walsh restages events of an actual revolution where real human beings were killed in front of the camera.


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