Your movie critic, Ty Burr, commented last Sunday on the use of distortions in historical movies (“Truthiness or consequences,” Page A1, Feb. 24). In that light, I was disappointed that “Argo” won the best picture Oscar rather than, say, “Life of Pi.” If a movie is depicting a purely imaginary story, then anything goes. But if it is supposed to be a dramatization of an actual historic event, then the accuracy of that depiction should enter into the evaluation of its worth.
When a movie is shown on TV, it is preceded by a statement saying that the film has been modified to fit the contours of the screen. It would be similarly appropriate for a quasi-documentary to be preceded by a statement declaring that the events in the movie have been modified to fit the illusions that viewers may have been brainwashed to accept.