Friday, November 26, 2010

Good movie, bad history

Going to see The King's Speech, the new movie about King George VI and his stutter-therapist, you culturally-aware historian? You might read the takedown by British historian Andrew Roberts first. Roberts makes a very strong claim that it's an enjoyable fiction -- and has very little in common with the events except the names. He didn't even stammer that much, t'seems.

Like pretty much every other movie ever, but it's good to see Roberts encouraging you to enjoy it nevertheless. It's a movie; if you wanted history you would do history instead.
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