Pearl Harbor

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We all know that Hollywood likes to rewrite history in order to make movies. This is not necessarily a bad thing. There is a long tradition of "dramatizing" and "fictionalizing" real world events that dates as far back as Shakespeare But it's important to keep in mind that you are getting an interpretation told from a particular point-of-view. The latest Hollywood blockbuster to take on a major historical event in this way is Pearl Harbor, which seeks to use the "day that will live in infamy" as a pretext for a romantic love triangle played out against a backdrop of impending tragedy. So the questions is did Hollywood get it right? Many Pearl Harbor survivors dismissed the film as grossly inaccurate and pure Hollywood. Historical inaccuracies found in the film include the early childhood scenes depicting a Stearman biplane crop duster in 1923, as the aircraft was not accurate for the period and the first commercial crop-dusting company did not begin operation until 1924,with the U.S. Department of Agriculture not purchasing its first cotton-dusting plane until 16 April 1926. The inclusion of Affleck's character in the Eagle Squadron was another aspect as serving U.S. airmen were prohibited from doing so, though some American civilians did join the RAF. Countless other technical lapses such as painting the Japanese Zero fighters green for effect even though Bay knew that was inaccurate, but liked the way the aircraft looked so that audiences could differentiate the good guys from the bad guys was another aspect. The greatest criticism came when actual historical events were altered for dramatic purposes. For example, Admiral Kimmel was not on a golf course on the morning of the attack. He was planning to meet General Short for a regular game, but cancelled as news of the attack came in, nor was he notified of the Japanese embassy leaving Washington, D.C., prior to the attack. The first official notification of the attack was received by General Short several hours...
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