What Is The Most Historically Inaccurate Movie?

Apparently, there isn't a treasure map on the back of the Declaration of Independence

art & media film
Jun 28, 2016
Ryan Kristobak - Staff Writer

Early Tuesday morning, Reddit user thesquarerootof1 started a discussion on the most historically inaccurate movies. Thesquarerootof1 chose Pocahontas.

How come they skipped the part where a settler kills and eats his own wife because he was facing starvation? Oh, and Pocahontas was around 9 when she met John Smith met. Also John Smith was not this tall beautiful man, he was short with a huge beard.

Along with Titanic, movies about Steve Jobs, Troy, and the National Treasure films, here are 15 films selected by Redditors. 

What do you think is the most historically inaccurate movie? Let us know in the comments.

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Lip-Reading Software Brings Hitler's Most Intimate Words Alive In His Silent Home Movies | HistoryBuff | The Future of History

Lip-Reading Software Brings Hitler's Most Intimate Words Alive In His Silent Home Movies

Hearing the human side of Hitler is truly disturbing.

Feb 17, 2016
Ryan Kristobak - Staff Writer

After writing about the forensic lip reading of silent footage from World War I yesterday, I became very interested in figuring out whether other films have received similar treatment. A friend of mine pointed me toward Automated Lip Reading (ALR), a software technology that can determine the speech from silent footage. 

Invented by Frank Hubner, a German speech recognition expert who is profoundly deaf and mute, ALR works by first tracking the movement of the lips frame by frame. The computer then stores all the different shapes and tiny movements the mouth makes in a particular sentence. The shapes of the lip movements are then associated with particular sounds, pulling from a library of over 30,000 words it can pronounce, and ultimately producing recognizable speech. The software is even able to pick up the words from a side angle, something that can be more difficult for human lip-readers.

In the 2006 documentary Hitler's Private World: Revealed, ALR is used to analyze the silent home movies of Adolf Hitler. Stored on YouTube in five parts, the final three show the process of building up Hitler's words (beginning at 1:03 in the video below).

While many of these moments could be considered trivial in the grand scope of Hitler's historical impact, the examination into the mundane existence of Hitler is fascinating, and quite frankly, disturbing. Hitler is easily recognizable as one of the most detestable, heinous beings to have ever lived, so to see him acting so normal, so human, is nothing short of terrifying.

The translated film gives an unprecedented look into the relationship between Hitler and Eva Braun. There are moments when he shows stress and frustration with Braun. "You talk about a dress that does not fit...imagine my problems," Hitler says to her at one point, located at their Bavarian-Alp home Berghof. 

At other times, Hitler is seen flirting with Braun. "Good afternoon, my dear ladies," he says to a present company of women before coolly focusing in on Braun. "I understand you didn't like the movie last night. I know what you want. You want Gone with the Wind."

Cinema comes up quite often in Hitler's casual conversation, seemingly a favorite topic of his, along with cameras. His love for children is furthered by his words, reading and playing with children while he compassionately tells a young boy that he will make a "fine soldier one day." He even gives insight to how he became such a charismatic leader and speaker, stating, "I improve by watching my speeches."

The film also shows the untethering of Hitler's inside circle, specifically focusing on Hermann Wilhelm Göring. Göring was the commander-in-chief of the Nazi air force and, at one point, Hitler's designated successor before their falling out and Göring's eventual expulsion from the party. In one clip, Hitler says that Göring "complains like a school girl," always asking for more money. Then, in a fit over the disparity between his vegetarianism and the hunting and meat-eating proclivities of Göring, Hitler makes an extraordinarily rude comment.

"I looked at him across the dining table and then I knew what they say was true," Hitler says. "That pigs eat the flesh of their own."

The team behind the documentary also goes to great lengths to reconstruct Hitler's actual speaking voice as accurately as they can. It was necessary for them to find a recording of Hitler in private conversation, but it was believed that no such documentation of his voice in existence. However, one was eventually discovered in Norway. 

On June 4, 1942, Hitler unexpectedly visited his ally Marshal Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim in Finland for his 75th birthday. After their initial speeches, they continued chatting in a dining car of the Marshal's train. The Finnish Broadcast Corporation (bravely/foolishly) bugged the car, capturing Hitler's voice, making the documentary's dub possible.

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