movies matter | criticism by maryann johanson
Wed Jun 01 2016, 11:05pm | 9 comments
So — everything was better when we were 12. :-)
When I was 12, I started attending meetings of the Richard III Society. http://www.richardiii.net/ I still am protective of him and am likely to attack anyone who claims he murdered the princes. OTOH, so are a lot of grownups with history degrees who didn’t become obsessed when they were 12.
I always preferred the stuff that came out when I was 13.
And when I was 17…that was a very good year. Frank Sinatra said so himself…
As for this date, Blackadder‘s first season is the only part of pop culture that endorses that theory. Even alt history writer Harry Turtledove has yet to go that route — perhaps because there’s more money in alt history versions of the American Civil War and both World Wars.
That Shakespeare was wrong about Richard III’s involvement in the death of the princes.
Then again Shakespeare also had a lot of less-than-flattering things to say about Joan of Arc. Yet his views on that subject are not exactly dominant these days.
I can get behind that.
Well, pop culture has a lot to learn from historians.
And if pop culture learned it, we’d get a lot more tragedies and farces.
(Although, arguably, we get enough of those on the nightly news.)
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