It may be a cliché, but the entire story of the PBS documentary The Boys Of ’36 feels like a Hollywood movie. Blue collar Americans who came of age in an impoverished economy, a sport that is built on remarkable perseverance, and the daunting backdrop of Hitler’s Third Reich are all present in the documentary that follows the University of Washington crew team on their journey to win the gold medal at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.
In a recent Wall Street Journal piece, columnist Peggy Noonan decried certain historical inaccuracies in the Netflix series The Crown and Steven Spielberg’s film The Post. While acknowledging the necessity of dramatic license, Noonan hammered Hollywood for twisting historical facts in an era when people learn through entertainment. With all due respect to Ms. Noonan, the obligation to find truth lies with the audience and not with entertainers.