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Thread #33289 Message #1053241
Posted By: GUEST
13-Nov-03 - 02:44 PM
Thread Name: Help: Patrick O'Brian's Desolation Island
Subject: RE: Help: Patrick O'Brian's Desolation Island
You know Les agree that it is as easy to get the history right as not. And Hollywood throws a lot of stuff at us with some considerable hubris. John Wayne as an 1840's Texas Ranger using pistols and rifles that are about 30 years too early for the period is a particular problem with me. Because he was playing a cowboy and cowboys had Colts Peacemakers and Winchester Leaveraction Carbines.
I guess can understand the head shaking at uniform parts being off because of that. I remember in Captain Horatio Hormblower as filmed with Gregory Peck all the cannons were fired by lanyards and flint igniters. All I remeber from the books were sparks and linstocks.
To me that was aninteresting departure but not enough to wreack the film for me or cast a pawl over the experience.
I just hope the ships carpenter doesn't have a tool belt and a Maikita 14 Volt power drill.