Blog question 7

by Yuan on December 6, 2017 - 6:22pm

Historical films can really help students learning the historical event, but if students want to deep learning that historical event, the historical films will not help much. The reason I said that is because I read an article online and it says Students who learn history by watching historically based blockbuster movies may be doomed to repeat the historical mistakes portrayed within them, suggests a new study from Washington University in St. Louis.


Hidden finger movie is a great historical film, Katherine says she like this movie after she watched it, that can be read as this movie is pretty true. However, there is still some thing that is not the fact, in the movie the character that Kevin Costner played is the supervisor of the NASA’s research center, in the real history, that character’s story is combined with real supervisor ‘s storys in NASA, however the director Theodore Melfi didn’t get the right to place those three supervisors in the movie. Also Paul Stafford is not a real person either, is just reperstent the racism in the acmerican at that time.


Here is an other example, the movie called “The Imitition Game” which is a historical film that based on the biography Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges (which was previously adapted as the stage play and BBC drama Breaking the Code). In the movie, the main point is Turing singlehandedly invented and physically built the machine that broke the Germans’ Enigma code. However, that is not ture, according L.V. Anderson’s (which is a former Slate associate editor) blog. There is a large, ticking machine that used rotors to test different letter combinations which is design before Turing working for the govement, and this machine helped Turing to bulid his new improved machine. And the mathematician Gordon Welchman collaborated with Turing on the design but there is no mentioned in the film. Also the commander Alastair Denniston, his reaction in the movie is not true. According to Denniston’s grandchildren and god-daughter write: “While the much-acclaimed film The Imitation Game rightly acknowledges Alan Turing’s vital role in the war effort, it is sad that it does so by taking an unwarranted sideswipe at Cdr Alastair Denniston, portraying him as a hectoring character who merely hindered Turing’s work.”

So I think, if someone want to know what happened on the event it is a good choice to watch a movie, because is more interesting than learning the academic articles, but if someone want to learn the history, I suggest learn it by reading historical books.



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