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A Bit of History

This may not matter to everyone who reads me, which is why most of it is a link. I may come back later and post behind a cut the text of the article, because it does mean something to me. I'm an amateur historian, in the truest sense of the word. I study history because I love it, and I indulge myself in primarily reading those aspects to which I feel the greatest attraction.

And a bit of history now becomes even more history rather than living.

That link should open a new window or tab, depending on your browser.

I read the book, and I've now read a few other things about this episode in history. In this instance, I read the book after seeing the movie, so I can agree that there is a great deal of dramatic license in the cinematic production. It's hard for me to determine which I think is the more powerful, book or cinema, because both of them present the story well. Still, I hear, and understand, what someone who survived the actual event says about the cinema.

There's always that issue, when converting/creating something real or imagined, first into words on paper, then into images on film, which parts to include. Which parts to keep, because they make a great story, which parts to leave behind because they don't contribute to art.

And now, one more connection to the reality passes beyond the pale. One more step closer to the written word, the moving image, being the only representation of reality.

And so it goes.


Aug. 7th, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC)
I'm an ancient historian, but believe me I have moments when I stare at the movies and wonder, "should I consider this fantasy or history".

I got with the former more often than not. Else I could never have gotten through Gladiator in one piece. I didn't even bother with 300.

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