Posted by: a2cristina | January 20, 2019

Inaccuracies in Films – Word Formation

WORD FORMATION

 

Use the roots in brackets to create a new word to fill the gaps in the texts.

 

Nobody gets everything right all the time. However, if you want to show history on the big screen the errors can be hard to hide.

 

 

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY

Bohemian Rhapsody was one of the most hotly anticipated films of 2018, and has been very 0) SUCCESSFUL (SUCCESS) at both the UK and American box office. However, rather than stick closely to the facts of Freddie Mercury’s life, it 1) ________________ (ARGUE) took some ‘very, very frightening’ liberties.

Fat Bottomed Girls is one example. In the film, the song is performed on Queen’s first tour of America in 1974, but in 2) __________ (REAL) it wasn’t released until October 1978, with Bicycle Race accompanying it.

Also, in the film the band break up just before Live Aid in 1985 – but this never really happened. They did however take a break in 1983, purely because they were all exhausted after touring for 10 years. Who can blame them?

 

TITANIC

This multi Oscar-winning epic isn’t free from errors, either.

In the film, Rose DeWitt Bukater’s mother looks up at the vessel and says: “So, this is the ship they say is 3) ________________ (SINK).” But it’s 4) __________ (LIKELY) she would have said this.

Historians have long disputed the claim that everyone thought The RMS Titanic was impossible to sink. It’s apparently been 5) ________________ (STATE), exaggerated, by movie-makers to make it seem even more prophecy-like when it did 6) ________________ (EVENT) end up on the ocean floor.

 

THE IMITATION GAME

The main cause of dissatisfaction about The Imitation Game was that it implied that Alan Turing had 7) ________________ (RELUCTANT)  protected a Soviet spy so that this man would not tell the world that Turing was gay, at a time when homosexuality was illegal.

In reality, there was a spy called John Cairncross (the character in the film is also called this) working at Bletchley Park during World War Two. However, he was in a completely different section from Turing, whereas in the film they’re shown as working together in the same hut. Due to 8) ________________ (SECURE) being so tight at Bletchley, they almost certainly would never have met.

Lots of people were 9) ________________ (RAGE) by this aspect of the film, as Turing’s code-breaking machine helped win World War Two, and painting him as a potential traitor was felt to be 10) ________________ (RESPECT) to his legacy.

 

Adapted from: https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/articles/zbrb7nb

 

KEY

 

0. SUCCESSFUL

  1. ARGUABLY
  2. REALITY
  3. UNISINKABLE
  4. UNLIKELY
  5. OVERSTATED
  6. EVENTUALLY
  7. RELUCTANTLY
  8. SECURITY
  9. ENRAGED
  10. DISRESPECTFUL
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