I can no longer count the number of times someone has claimed to know more about history than I do because they "saw it on tv." Umm, I have spent years studying this stuff, I think I know what I'm talking about. The fact that you've seen a movie about the Second World War does NOT trump the fact that I've read hundreds of books on the subject.
As a historian, I am finding this thread profoundly depressing.
the worst is when they have seen a movie (like TITANTIC or ELIZABETH) and think that those are the gospel truth about the subject.
About Elizabeth - one of the ladies in our group is a PROFESSOR OF ELIZABETHAN HISTORY and the collage asked her to review the movie -- her review was very short
"They got the names right."
I have always maintained that if you can't get the big facts straight, why bother making a movie about HISTORY? Rename it all and set it in a Sci-Fi world, it would make more sense.
A for instance - a movie about JFK where he does not die at Dallas, and advertise it as a TRUE story.
Ok - Titantic got the big fact straight - it sank -