Truth and Lives on Film: The Legal Problems of Depicting Real Persons and Events in a Fictional Medium
John T. AquinoISBN: 0786420448;
Book DescriptionFrom the advent of cinema, Hollywood's acquaintance with the unbridled truth has been passing, at best. Nonfiction has always been standard fodder for filmmakers, but rare is the screenwriter who ever met a story that couldn't use a touchof embellishment. As early as the silent film era, lawsuits were filed against movie studios for their fictitious depictions of purportedly real events. The moviemakers claim artistic license; as Picasso said, Art is a lie that tells the truth. When the lie and the truth become inextricably mixed, the effect on the lives of the people involved can be dramatic, even devastating. The first lawsuit claiming a libelous onscreen portrayal of a real person was filed in 1916, and the debate about filmmakers responsibilities when depicting real people and events has raged ever since. This examination of fact-based films and the law begins with a history of the legal issues surrounding the fictionalization of real events and people. The...
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