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Hidden Agendas In Woodstock: 3 Days Of Peace And Music

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[1] Within the last few decades, we have generated a great number of “historical” films reaching the American public. With these “historical” films come the question of whether or not the film portrayed history in an accurate manner; if not, why were the facts manipulated the way that they were. Unfortunately, this question is usually answered in the negative, and the audience is left with a fictional account of a factual happening, thereby giving the viewing public mixed messages concerning the issues raised within the film. Film used in this manner can be a dangerous tool in the hands of powerful people with agendas and ulterior motives.

[2] Manipulated history used in an inappropriate manner is one of the ways in which the Nazis were able to convince so many people to follow their evil and tyrannical beliefs. This is not something that we as Americans can have happen. History in the cinema should be a carefully monitored area, so as to prevent fictional accounts to be passed as the truth. If we allow our screenwriters and directors to have free reign in the movies, they could theoretically conjure up any scenario that they pleased and pass it off as an actual event. This can not be so. If history is to be conveyed through film, it should be of the highest accuracy. Many people rely on what they see as fact so that if all movies decided to create a “history” that never happened, a large percentage of the American population would fall victim to their chicanery.

[3] Through a discussion of how history has been maneuvered within films, specifically Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music, I pose the question of how closely should our films be monitored for historical inaccuracies. This serves to benefit those in the viewing audiences who often do not go beyond the film in search of the truth. If history is to come alive in a script, it should be used strictly as that -- history -- not twisted and bent in order to fulfill the motives of an influential director.

[4] History means many things to many people. For some it is the tie that binds us as a community. For others it is the noose around an already oppressed society, trying desperately to break the shackles of times gone by. For me, it is more the former than the latter. I believe that American history can bind us all as citizens and give us a common understanding of how we got to where we are. History should be used as an outline of things to come. We have already gone down certain paths, and by noting which ways the road can lead, by using this outline, we have a greater understanding of just where we are when we’re through.

[5] This, however, isn’t always the way in which history is brought to us. Often enough in our society we are fed mounds of misinformation, posing as fact, in order to pacify our love for our country. This is exactly what history is not about. As children we learned about the Pilgrims and Plymouth Rock, Christopher...

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