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Compliance

Reality is all the rage in Hollywood.  Whether it’s political Oscar bait, schmaltzy biopics, or those horror films that dubiously claim to be ‘based on real events’, modern audiences apparently crave a bit of authenticity.  Fiction is passé, imagination is out – we want stories about real people doing real things, and we want them here, and we want them now.

But the ‘reality’ of cinema is usually of a specific kind – the kind that takes all the complexity and rawness of a historical event and, for better or worse, moulds it into a two hour jaunt with character arcs and thematic unity.  In short, narrative technique attempts to tame the sprawling chaos of history in the hope that a more distilled truth will emerge.  Sometimes it succeeds (Capote), sometimes is does not (Lincoln). Continue reading