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Some historical costume movies and TV series we love just because. We saw them when we were young or they were based on a beloved book or they feature a certain song or or we saw them at a special time in our lives. But after a while, we have to wake up and realize that these movies and TV shows are crappy history. They’re BS nostalgia, set in a fantasyland that doesn’t and never did exist, made up by Hollywood myth makers simply because it was easy and looked good on the actors at the time. During Snark Week, we’re here to burst your bubble.
The Sound of Music is set in 1938, not 1965
This movie has a pretty specific timeline, what with World War II and Hitler advancing and stuff. I’ll give the nuns’ habits and kids’ dirndls a pass, but everyone raves about the Baroness’ high fashion when the lady is wearing 1960s haute couture, not 1930s.
Grease is set in the 1950s, not 1978
I’ve mentioned this before, Grease is not the one that I want. It’s 1970s disco schlock with the tiniest veneer of 1950s rockabilly. And the actors are way too old to be high schoolers.
Dead Poet’s Society is set in 1959, not 1989
RIP Robin Williams, oh captain my captain. But you and your students don’t get a pass for their 1980s hair in this 1950s flick. Get a haircut or at least get some Brylcreem and slick back those floppy bangs.
Dirty Dancing is set in 1963, not 1987
Did you have the time of your life? Supposedly, that time for Dirty Dancing was the 1960s, but um, no. The clothes and the hair are pure 1980s. Now put Baby back in the corner and get over it.
The Wedding Singer is set in 1985, not 1998
I don’t understand how it was possible for Billy Idol in 1998 to do a cameo as himself in a movie set in 1985. He knows we can see him, right? I was there in the ’80s, he looked younger then. So did I, and you didn’t see me faking being 13 years younger, FFS.
What are some other movies that pit your nostalgic memories against historical accuracy?