Ohio State film community breaks down biopics, discuss their place in contemporary cinema and celebrity culture
, 2023-01-24 19:02:30,
The recipe for biopics is simple: After you decide on a topic, mix fact with fiction and serve the final product to an audience.
Biographies, short for biographical pictures, are cinematic dramatizations of the lives of real individuals, said Andy Rose, a distinguished lecturer in the Film Studies program and a veteran screenwriter. He said that these films attempt to capitalize on plots surrounding public figures or high-profile events.
Rose said the biopics released in the past year — including “Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Someone,” “Blonde” and “Elvis” — are in line with an outpouring of celebrity idealism. He said that given the cultural value of social media platforms, such as Instagram and TikTok, people increasingly feel entitled to obtain the personal information of others.
“Everyone wants to know everything about any famous person,” said Rose.
Rose said the inaccuracy is a notable problem with the biopic genre. He said that filmmakers, who are tasked with creating a standout snapshot of authentic human experiences, can feel pressured to embellish the truth.
“Most people’s real life, even celebrities, is kind of boring,” said Rose. “You have to, you know, keep the story moving for 90 minutes, even if there are weeks in real life where nothing happens.”
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