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Whether it’s a period costume, unique prop or little-known story brought to life, the movie industry loves to bang on about how authentic historical films are. But just how accurate are they? We asked award-winning historian Tom Holland, author of ‘Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar’ and upcoming biography ‘Athelstan: The Making of England’ to tell us which things movies never get right.
Hollywood always talks about striving for authenticity, but more often than not either poetic licence or the desire to make sure America gets credit for anything good that’s ever happened in the world ever gets in the way. Then there’s ‘Braveheart’, which manages to get almost every historical detail wrong - even suggesting that William Wallace was the father of Edward III. But not every Hollywood production plays so fast and loose with history… some are extremely accurate - especially for a movie. ‘Downfall’ The compelling story of the final few hours in Hitler’s bunker at the end of WWII is lauded for its accuracy by war scholars and is based on a number of well-researched books, including one by the Führer’s secretary Traudl Junge (played in the movie by Alexandra Maria Lara) who was present. "There’s certainly never been a better depiction of Hitler,“ says historian James Holland. The film has come under fire for humanising Hitler, but the fact he was nice to his secretaries and dog Blondi is known to be true, while actor Bruno Ganz is said by one of Hitler’s biographers to be the closest person ever to capturing the leader’s true speaking voice.