CINEMA: In the Name of the Truth

In Hollywood, as in war, truth is often the first casualty. Stories told onscreen demand heroes, villains and an intelligible plot line. Real life, on the other hand, tends to get messy -- the lines between good and bad often cross. Two years ago, director Oliver Stone was excoriated in the press for playing fast and loose with certain facts in JFK. Jim Sheridan's In the Name of the Father has largely escaped such criticism in the U.S., but only because Americans are unfamiliar with the story it is based on. In Britain, where people have lived with the case of...

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