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Mary Jane Miller <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 7 Mar 1994 12:50:22 -0500
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>                                        Date:     07-Mar-1994 10:36am EST
>                                        From:     Stephen Hart
  It is a shame that people have to be
>educated via an entertainment medium (though the director's intention may
>well be to educate).  However, such films do spark enough interest where
>people go out and research and study the film's subject, and learn what
>truly happened despite dramatic license and resulting "inaccuracies".  That
>was part of Spike Lee's motivation behind _Malcolm X_.
Why is it a shame? It is true that Shkespeare'e Richard III prevails inthe
mind of the general public  over  that of modern historians as a piece of
Elizabethan propaganda - and there  has been lots of discussion on this
list about the ethical problems of docudrama and the problematics of films
like those made by Leni Riefenstahl. Nevertheless, as with *The Boys of
St.Vincent*, an NFB/CBC coproduction about the Mount Cashel child abuse in
Newfoundaland ( as well as  such abuse in any setting), the 'fiction' made
real the suffering of those children and the complex nature of evil  as no
interview or current affairs programme could. Mary Jane
Mary Jane Miller
Mary Jane Miller,
Dept. of Film Studies, Dramatic and Visual Arts,
Brock University,
St. Catharines, Ontario,
Canada, L2S 3A1.
Phon;e (416) 688 5550 ext 3584, Fax: (416) 682 9020,
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