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Hollywood film studios have been making historical movies for more than 90 years so in this respect they can count themselves as a success in the field of making historical films and recreating historical events But the question is really have they done it well and have they been accurate in their portrayals Do they care whether historical facts are correct Does it matter if they are correct Do they have a responsibility to us the money paying audience to impart historical fact or to make a film that people will go to see and enjoy Are both these scenarios possible Or are their loyalties more with the shareholders and an overwhelming allegiance to the almighty Dollar The answer to all and any of these questions could be yes no or maybe depending on your point of view None of the answers would necessarily be wrong However in the interest of making definitive decisions it will be argued that film studios do not have a responsibility at least to the general viewing public to make an historical film as accurate as possible but that they have a need to make one that makes money Discussion will be made with regard to the costs involved in making an historical film and a movie database will be used to gain extra information about films that are not available with the original media To keep the essay concise a comparison of film making styles and criteria will be compared using only the films Glory 1989 and The Patriot 2000 as the main films and Revolution 1985 as a comparison film It will be shown that although film studios do have some responsibility to make films as accurate as possible it is just as important that a film is made that large numbers of people will want to see even if this means sacrificing quality of film for quantity of customers It will also be shown that some films
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