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You have hit the nail on the head.  Stone is held up to documentary
standards, although nowhere in his work does he call it one.  However,
other filmmakers have the liscence to do what they will with history, and
are their movies are judged as fiction.
 
Examples??  Try PRIDE OF THE YANKEES, MALCOLM X, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS,
and QUIZ SHOW.
 
David Ezell
Georgia College
 
On Thu, 11 Jan 1996, Peter S. Latham wrote:
 
> Is there a significant difference between the "poetic license" Shakespeare
> used in writing the "history" he titled "Richard III" and the "poetic
> license" Oliver Stone  used in writing the "history" he titled "Nixon"?
>
> I appreciate any and all suggestions.
>
> Peter S. Latham
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