Thursday, May 20, 2010
Facts and Fiction
I went to see the movie Robin Hood on Monday - I loved it, every second - mind you I confess that this lady has a thing for grumpy Mr Crow, a guy who does not suffer fools gladly!
What amuses me is when people say, but it's not historically accurate HELLO, Robin Hood is a legend, not a real person. Actually some of the things in the film are very accurate, medieval life is very well drawn. King John was a very mecurial figure and when he was younger, he was far better than Richard the Lionheart, who bled the country dry for this Crusades and did not even speak English. John did like to think of himself as English and did speak English. He certainly was not a pussycat, but then again in those days, what King was?
Russell, magnificent in the role, anyway does really give value for money, as does the film. I wanted to not to end, can't give it a greater compliment than that. It certainly is a thousand times better than Prince of Thieves. No surprise there then?
However, it had me thinking does it matter if an historical film is not entirely accurate? Elizabeth was a wonderful film but it too must have taken liberties. Films need to entertain as do novels. Yes, certainly if you are writing about "real" people you must do your research well, but fictional characters? So long as they have the attitudes of their age, then you can be more, shall I say, creative?
In Dangerous Enchantment, I have taken a real character and used him as the theme of the story. No one really knew what happened to Prince Richard, did Richard the Third have him killed? Did Henry the Seventh? We can't know for sure...but suppose he lived, what would he do? Yes I took liberties but Dangerous Enchantment is a work of fiction. However, one thing I am particular about is getting the lifestyle and the settings right...which brings me back to Robin Hood. Settings? Excellent, all that mud and muck? Oh yes. Rushes on the floor? Spot on...rats...ugh, unfortunately yes!
Go see, you might like it! (Bet you do!).
Oh...nice realistic love story too!
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