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posted by Real History Lisa at 10:16 PM - Permanent Link -
As a film, "The Great Debaters" should have been much more historically accurate. This is because the real events (such as debating the USC debate team) are much more insightful than the fiction that distorts the truth!
Yes, the champions that year were USC. But USC is not as well known across the country as Harvard is, and storytelling is about making the biggest choice, not the most truthful.At a screening I attended, Denzel Washington told us Wiley did beat Harvard on another occasion, but so far I've been unable to pinpoint when that was (or if he was simply mistaken).Remember this is a film that is based on a true story. It is not a documentary, which IS the true story.If people start thinking all of what they see in movies is real history, we're all in trouble!
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