“Life inspires art as much as art inspires life” are some of the truest words ever spoken. This is evident by the fact that so many masterpieces have been inspired by living beings rather than imagination. Mona Lisa, arguably the most popular work of art in history, is the portrait of the wife of a wealthy Florentine silk merchant. Cinema is no different. Many admirable films have drawn audiences through the words “inspired by true events” and have painted a true and realistic tableau of history. This isn’t a list of those films.
This, on the other hand, is the list of films which took “creative liberty” a bit too far and portrayed history with a pinch (or sometimes a handful) of salt. Some of these are good films, mind you. 4 Academy Award Winners for Best Picture feature in this list. But our focus is on the historical authenticity of the facts shown in the film rather than cinematic merit. Without further ado, here is the list of most inaccurate historical movies ever. Prepare to hear the proverbial glasses shatter. You can some of these historically inaccurate movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
Disclaimer: Major *my whole life was a lie* moments ahead. Proceed at your own risk.
10. Marie Antoinette (2006)
The first entry on this list is directed by Sofia Coppola and chronicles the life of the titular Queen in the years leading up to the French Revolution. Coppola herself has admitted that the film means to entertain rather than educate. It has a brash modern approach, right from the chic costumes (which garnered an Oscar nod) to its soundtrack filled with pop and punk numbers. But the film, in all its aesthetic beauty, commits a host of factual blunders, the biggest one being the characterisation of the Queen as a naive, innocent girl who loves shopping and parties, as if it were a Gossip Girl episode set in 18th Century France, which is far from the truth. It also botches up the timeline by showing the Queen’s successful childbirth much before it actually happened. Add the inclusion of her historically disputed sexual relation with Count Axel Fersen and the film ends up being an extravagant parody. It isn’t a history lesson, nor does it set out to be one.
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