come to think of it...
Posted by P. Bingham on July 07, 1998 at 18:38:11:
In response to Ditto (-:, written by Ken on July 07, 1998 at 13:49:53
] ] I hate hearing modern instruments in a period piece, and I notice that the music is almost universally the area in which filmmakers are willing to be inaccurate before any other.
] Yes. There's no need mismatch historical or worse, to make up music; what's been written is good enough (& better than most Holywood producers deserve!) & there are more than enough performers to perform it. (Although perhaps they think it too expensive compared to the typical canned performance track of a movie.)
[But I really get bugged by battle scenes. Uniforms aren't going to make an impression on me one way or the other. Carrying out the umpteen steps of the Prussian drill manual is going to be lost in the shuffle. But darn it, why does every cannonball have to explode? Haven't these dweebs ever heard of shot, as opposed to shell? O, I know--it's more lively & it's easier to fake. But it isn't even close to accurate.]
I never noticed this before, but now that I think of it, you're right. I think it was one of the O'Brian books which brought to my attention that these cannon balls obviously did not explode. Thanks for that bringing back to my attention so that now I will be bothered by this as well!
] But what really, truly gets me, gets me every time, is having ships sail with the wind, across the wind, darn near straight into the wind. . . and have the sails look exactly the same from every angle. Please! Hollywood does not revoke the laws of physics, if you please. (I won't even mention that the wind is fairer aloft, so sails should be set at different angles the higher they are on the mast--if they can't sail a proper tack, they certainly aren't going to get that subtlety right!)]
That doesn't make me preturbed. I laugh at that at point it out to whom ever I'm with so that they give me dirty looks.
- Chainshot, barshot, and topsails Caroline 23:06:44 7/07/98 (2)
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