Video Shows Films and Their Inspirations Side-by-Side

When it comes to putting historical events into film, directors are faced with a choice: take artistic license or reenact them faithfully. This interesting video shows off to what extreme lengths some directors went to be accurate and how others interpreted the events through their own eyes while still maintaining a level of faithfulness.

I always knew some directors were obsessive about accuracy in their historical recreations, but seeing said recreations along the real footage really puts into perspective just how good their attention to detail is. My favorite, though, was likely Stone's interpretation of Jack Ruby murdering Lee Harvey Oswald. In the actual footage, the NBC cameraman operating the live feed camera had just switched lenses when Ruby surged forward and shot him. Stone, of course, omits this action and takes advantage of his ability to manipulate time and use many angles to further the mood of the movie's premise: a sinister plot put in action to kill JFK and silence those who could attest to said plot. He does so while still maintaining the sheer shock of the moment that many Americans experienced. What're your favorite movies based on historical events? Let me know in the comments! 

[via Gizmodo]

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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