Re: Not so good news about "The Patriot"

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Posted by MMMMarcia on October 31, 1999 at 10:03:46:

In Reply to: Re: Not so good news about posted by Rich on October 31, 1999 at 08:43:29:

: By no means do I make any claims to have any idea what is going on there on the set of "The Patriot," for I don't. After speaking at length with numerous extras from the set of LOTM, I do have some idea of what went on there, and it all sounds so very familiar!

: It is hard, when you know the right way to do something to ignore seeing it done imperfectly, and that's what a re-enactor/extra has to do ... basically compromise their extensive know-how on a subject in favor of the director's wishes.

: The director is trying to attain an artistic acheivement that will draw audiences. He's not, necessarily (and to varying degrees, depending on the director), trying to make a docudrama correct in every detail.

: My point is, LOTM had the same problems and came out kind of OK in the long run. I wouldn't give up hope on "The Patriot" just yet!

: Once his gag-order is lifted, perhaps Soldier #2 can shed some more light on this, from first hand experience in the making of both films!


Makes sense, to ME, Rich...after all, a movie is basically an art form, and subject to a lot of personal interpretation, both from the director and the actors involved. It must be tricky when trying to do a realistic film to balance some semblance of how it actually was with what is wanted artistically, especially when trying to turn out a marketable product which will attract today's audiences. While LOTM might not be 100% accurate in every detail, it still gives a feel for what it might have been like, and it told a whale of a good yarn. We can hope The Patriot does the same thing, in spite of having some flaws here and there.


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