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Letters | The ring of truth in fact-based films

Since when did we adopt filmmakers as our truth-tellers?

In reading Ty Burr’s excellent article (“Truthiness and consequences,” Page A1, Feb. 24) debating the extent of literary license exercised in movies based on true events, such as “Argo,” “Lincoln,” and “Zero Dark Thirty,” I was reminded of Cassius’s observation in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. If we are not sufficiently well informed to be able to separate fact from fiction on our own, the fault lies not in the film directors and writers, but in ourselves.

When did we forget that movies are entertainment? When did we raise our expectations for filmmakers and adopt them as our truth-tellers?

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