20 Fact-Based Movies That Got The Facts Wrong

Since the moving picture was invented, films have been informing the lives and beliefs of people around the world. Even though you can get the same information from a book, movies are not only easier and quicker to process but they are generally far more entertaining. Nowadays, when a child is supposed to read a book for English class or study for a history test, they tend to skip the classic studying methods and jump straight for their film counterparts. What a lot of people probably don’t realize is that so many of these “true stories” are only somewhat accurate. Here are just a few film plots you’ve been wrongly touting as truth all along.

Nanook of the North

The 1922 film Nanook of the North is about an Eskimo family living in the Canadian arctic and was widely considered the grandfather of modern documentary filmmaking. What most people didn’t find out until years later was filmmaker Robert Flaherty made the whole thing up. Nanook’s real name was Allakariallak; his “wives” were actually Flaherty’s; and despite that the Eskimos of that time hunted with rifles and lived in houses, Flaherty had them build igloos and hunt with harpoons — just for the film.

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