4 min read.Updated: 25 May 2022, 01:21 AM ISTRahul Narayan
Movies on times past can create vivid ‘historical’ memories that needn’t even be true to fulfil political ends
Invariably, films set in the past are really about the present, reflecting either the zeitgeist of the times or a narrative the film maker wishes to project, whether consciously or unconsciously. First, history is often too complicated and multi-faceted to fit a neat narrative of heroes and villains so beloved to cinema. Second, it would be almost impossible to fit everything into a two-hour time frame, so filmmakers must pick and choose what the movie shows. Third, dialogue is nearly always done in a way that takes the narrative forward, so material that doesn’t do that is ignored. Fourth, black and white characters are far more fun than grey ones.