. . . and other politically correct theologies.
I watched the Coen brothers' movie Fargo (1996) again last night. Despite having seen it several times, I'd forgotten the printed message at the beginning of the movie:
"This is a true story. The events depicted in this film took place in Minnesota in 1987. At the request of the survivors, the names have been changed. Out of respect for the dead, the rest has been told exactly as it occurred."
Strangely--so this is a very good illustration of how our minds unconsciously work:
a. I'm superficially impressed by this. It makes me want to see it more. (Note the language: "in Minnesota," "in 1987," "at the request of the survivors," "has been told exactly as it occurred," etc.)
b. I do not ask myself, "What in the hell are they talking about? I never heard about any of this."
But it turns out that nothing about the statement is true (Wikipedia):
"Although the film itself is completely fictional, the Coen brothers claim that many of the events that take place in the movie were actually based on true events from other cases that they threw together to make one story. Joel Coen noted:
"We weren't interested in that kind of fidelity. The basic events are the same as in the real case, but the characterizations are fully imagined...If an audience believes that something's based on a real event, it gives you permission to do things they might otherwise not accept." (Emphasis added.)
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