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 Posted: Tue Aug 31st, 2010 05:02 am
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The producer oversees the production of the film or show. The director over sees the actual filming. It's the director's vision we're getting and they'll either following closely to the script the writer/writers give them or they'll use it as a loose guide.

Yes, the director's agenda may not be the same as the historians. But again can we really say there is no place for films and TV series in getting folks interested in history? Did you not say, Mark, in the Foote vs. Catton thread that it was Gettysburg that got your gnereation interested in the war? That's an example of a film being used to garner interest in history. I wouldn't be surprised if director/writer Ron Maxwell wasn't interested in telling history but rather telling the story of The Killer Angels.

Let's also remember that we accept stories as actual history even now just because they may be written down. That does not mean their the actual history. Everyone knows the story of Betsy Ross making the first American flag. It's taught in school to be the case. But that story came from her grandson in 1876 and has since come into question. One of the reasons for that is the lack of Ross' own records of the event. As her source of income was being a seamstress, she's known to have kept detailed records of all her jobs. So why didn't she record that? Also, why didn't anyone else mentioned as going to her actually record anything about having her design and make a flag for the nation?

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