Letters | The ring of truth in fact-based films

When it comes to movies, urge to exaggerate can spread to the aisles


The first sentence of last Sunday’s front-page article “Truthiness and consequences,” which accused filmmakers of stretching the truth for dramatic effect, described a scene in “Argo” as a “white-knuckle airplane getaway as pursuing soldiers fire at [the escapees] from the tarmac.” The inclination to drive a point home with exaggeration is apparently universal. I just watched the getaway scene again, and saw weapons brandished, but not a single shot fired.

James Blakey


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