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Learn about the true story behind Mao’s Last Dancer. This month discover the real history behind the incredible and inspiring story of ballet legend Li Cunxin. Mel and Gaz discuss Li’s remarkable journey, including his humble upbringing in China, how he was chosen to join the Beijing Dance Academy, and his defection to the United States. What does …
 
You'll never take our Freedom! This month Gaz and Mel head to Scotland to take on the historical epic Braveheart (1995). It may be a compelling movie, but just how accurate is it to the true story? Let's discover the real history of William Wallace, learn about the real King Edward Longshanks, and find out what it would have been like to be there t…
 
This month we take on the classic baseball true story A League of Their Own (1992). But how true is it to the real history? Join us as we discuss the remarkable history of the ladies who competed in the first female professional baseball league! We learn about director Penny Marshall's Hollywood legacy, discover if Jimmy Dugan was a real historical…
 
Mel and Gaz discover the true story behind the movie Hotel Rwanda (2004). We dive into the tragic story of the genocide and learn about it's historical context. It's a powerful story about family, division, political corruption, and the repercussions of colonial history. But is it accurate to the real history? Don’t forget you can always stop by ou…
 
Discover the true story of the movie Pride (2014). Gaz and Mel take on the real story of how a brave group of gay and lesbian activists unite to raise money for the families affected by the British Miners’ Strike. It is 1984 and Margaret Thatcher is in power. A powerful story about unionism, feminism, homophobia, and much more. But is it accurate t…
 
What's the real history behind the wonderful, feel-good French hit The Intouchables? This time Gaz and Mel travel to France to talk about the beautiful friendship between Philippe Pozzo di Borgo and Abdel Sellou. Join us as we discuss the true story behind the movie, whether or not the police chase really happened, and why this movie became one of …
 
How historically accurate is Stanley Kubrick’s epic Spartacus? This time Gaz and Mel dive into the Hollywood classic about the slave that took on the Roman Empire! Starring Kirk Douglas, Jean Simmons, Laurence Olivier and Charles Laughton. Join us as we discuss the real history of the slave rebellion, why the original director had to be fired, and …
 
How historically accurate is Wayne Blair's musical comedy The Sapphires? In this episode Gaz and Mel dive into the true story behind the amazing ladies who sang soul music to the troops in Vietnam. Join us as we discuss 1960s Australia, the secret Tupperware Parties men where never invited to, the soul music of the era, and, of course, the Vietnam …
 
How historically accurate is Armando Iannucci's political satire The Death of Stalin? In this episode Gaz and Mel dive into the true story of Stalin's last days and compare it to its critically acclaimed film adaptation. Join us as we discuss the dark history of the Soviet Union, the monster that was Lavrentiy Beria, and why being a USSR classical …
 
How historically accurate is Lin Manuel Miranda's rap musical Hamilton? In this episode film expert Gaz and history expert Mel dive into the true story of Alexander Hamilton and compare it to its extraordinary stage adaptation. Join us as we discover why rap is the perfect way to tell Hamilton's story, learn about the American Revolutionary War, th…
 
Join us as we discover the real history behind the sinking of the Titanic. Is James Cameron's epic Hollywood blockbuster Titanic accurate to the true story? In the final part of their Titanic series, Gaz and Mel relive the unsinkable ship’s final hours, discover the facts behind the movie, and learn about real life figures Molly Brown, Bruce Ismay,…
 
The most expensive movie of all time. Winner of 11 Oscars. Time to go back to 1997, to discover the real history behind James Cameron’s epic romance Titanic (1997). Join us as we go behind the scenes to understand how it became the most successful movie of all time. But just how historically accurate is it? In part 1 we board Titanic up until the n…
 
Film expert Gaz and history expert Mel discuss the true story behind the movie Hidden Figures (2016). We know it’s a great movie but just how historically accurate is it? We investigate further into the history of the American civil rights movement, Cold War paranoia, the Space Race, and the true story behind NASA pioneers Katherine Goble Johnson, …
 
In this episode film expert Gaz and history expert Mel compare Philip Kaufman's Quills to the infamous and controversial real life figure it's based on, The Marquis De Sade. Quills wants to be sexy and salacious, but how historically accurate is it? We pull the movie apart to understand how it handles gender representation, sexual expression during…
 
It may be a classic but can it live up to history? In this episode Gaz and Mel take on one of Hollywood’s classic war movies, The Great Escape (1963). How does it compare to the true story? How difficult was it directing Steve McQueen? We also discuss the true military experiences of Donald Pleasence, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, and Hannes …
 
Hello again, dear listeners! Thanks to Michael for suggesting that we cover the 2004 Gavin O'Connor film Miracle, starring Kurt Russell and Patricia Clarkson, which we've done this episode! This was a fun one to cover, so we hope you enjoy it! Sources: https://www.si.com/more-sports/2010/02/22/miracle-onice https://www.nhl.com/news/miracle-players-…
 
Hello again, dear listeners! This episode, in honor of American Independence Day, we bring you a cross-over episode with the podcast What Were We Watching? about the 2000 Roland Emmerich film The Patriot, starring Mel Gibson. Spoiler alert: it's not very historically accurate - shocker! We hope you enjoy, and check out What Were We Watching? for mo…
 
Hello dear listeners! We're so sorry we've been away for what feels like forever! But we're finally back with an all-new episode about the 2018 Mimi Leder film On The Basis Of Sex, starring Felicity Jones and Armie Hammer! We hope you enjoy! Sources: Cohen, Julie and Betsy West, directors. RBG. CNN Films, Storyville Films, Better Than Fiction Produ…
 
Hello again, dear listeners! This episode, we bring you a lively discussion of the 2013 Terry McDonough film An Adventure in Space and Time about the creation of the beloved British sci-fi series Doctor Who in 1963, starring David Bradley and Jessica Raine, among others. We hope you enjoy it! Sources: http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/doctorwho/6400.sht…
 
Hello again, dear listeners! We're very sorry for the long wait between our last episode and this one! Life got in the way pretty hard for us at the end of 2018, but you know what they say, "New Year, Renewed Commitment To Your Podcast," so here we are, ready to come at you with some new episodes! This episode, we're discussing the 2017 film The Zo…
 
Hello again, dear listeners! This episode we bring you the 2009 French film Coco Before Chanel, directed by Anne Fontaine and starring Audrey Tautou, Benoît Poelvoorde, and Alessandro Nivola. We hope you enjoy! Sources: Extraordinary Women: Coco Chanel. Season 1, episode 2. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nCMFnF1VtQ http://emanuellevy.com/interv…
 
Hello there, dear listeners! Apologies once again for another unplanned hiatus! We are back with another new episode, this time all about the 2018 HBO original biopic Paterno, starring Al Pacino and directed by HBO biopic staple, Barry Levinson. This movie and its subsequent research was pretty grim for us, we're not gonna lie, but we're hoping tha…
 
Hello again, dear listeners! This episode we bring you a discussion of the 1993 Disney sports movie Cool Runnings, directed by John Turteltaub and starring John Candy, Leon, and Doug E. Doug, in which we learn just how close to the truth this movie stays (spoiler alert: not very!). We hope you enjoy! Sources: http://en.espn.co.uk/olympic-sports/spo…
 
Hello again, dear listeners! We're back and on schedule, and are excited to bring you a very special episode in celebration of the recent royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, all about the 2018 Lifetime original move, Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance! We hope you enjoy the episode, and we really hope you enjoyed the royal wedding as well…
 
Hello again, dear listeners, and sorry about the impromptu hiatus between our last episode and this one! Life just keeps getting in the way in 2018, but we're hoping to get back to regular posting real soon, so thank you for bearing with us! This episode we discuss the 1995 Ron Howard classic Apollo 13, starring Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon,…
 
Hello again, dear listeners! We apologize for the delay getting this episode out, 2018 is proving to be a busy year for us here at Lieography! But we are finally back with a discussion of the 1993 film What's Love Got To Do With It, directed by Brian Gibson and starring Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne! AND we're joined by a special guest, Eri…
 
Hello again, dear listeners! In this episode, we discuss our first film released in 2018, the Netflix original A Futile and Stupid Gesture, directed by David Wain and starring Will Forte, Joel McHale, Domhnall Gleeson, and many others! We hope you enjoy! Sources: http://www.vulture.com/2018/01/the-story-of-a-futile-and-stupid-gestures-twist-ending.…
 
Hello again, dear listeners! Just in time for the Olympics, join us for a discussion of the 2017 Craig Gillespie film I, Tonya, starring Margot Robbie, Allison Janney, and Sebastian Stan! We really enjoyed this movie and hope you did too, and that you also enjoy our discussion of this very enjoyable movie! Enjoy! Sources: "30 for 30: The Price of G…
 
Hello dear listeners, and apologies for the extended delay/impromptu mini hiatus! But we're back with an all new episode about the 2017 Steven Spielberg film The Post, starring Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, and a bunch of other recognizable faces! We hope you enjoy! Sources: The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers. Dir…
 
Hello there, dear listeners! Your illustrious hosts have unfortunately had a bit of a busy January that led us to have some difficulty getting in the same room to record our latest episode on The Post, but fear not! In the mean time, we're re-releasing our episode on All The President's Men that originally aired August 6, 2017, as it is a great pri…
 
Hello again, dear listeners! This episode, we bring you a discussion of the recent 2017 film Molly's Game, written and directed by Aaron Sorkin and starring Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, and many more! We were lucky enough to attend an early screening of this film that included a Q&A with Aaron Sorkin, the film's editor…
 
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, dear listeners! This episode we bring you a discussion of the recent 2017 film The Man Who Invented Christmas, directed by Bharat Nalluri and starring Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Pryce, and many more! It's a fun time for a fun time of year, and we hope you enjoy it! We'll be back in 2018 for plenty…
 
Hello again, dear listeners! This episode, we bring you a discussion of ridiculous 2017 Lifetime biopic Oscar Pistorius: Blade Runner Killer. We're going back to our roots with a crazy Lifetime biopic, but fear not! We will be returning to more serious fare again next episode. We hope you enjoy! Sources: http://www.channel24.co.za/PartnerContent/th…
 
Hello again, dear listeners! This episode, we discuss the recently released 2017 film Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, directed by Angela Robinson and starring Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, and Bella Heathcote! It's definitely the kinkiest film we've covered so far! We hope you enjoy! Sources: "William Moulton Marston & the Creation of Wonder Wo…
 
Hello again, dear listeners! This episode, we bring you a discussion of the recently released film Marshall, directed by Reginald Hudlin and starring Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Sterling K. Brown, Kate Hudson, and Dan Stevens, who seems to have been in every movie of 2017! We hope you enjoy! Sources: Williams, Juan. Thurgood Marshall: American revo…
 
Happy Halloween, dear listeners! This episode, we bring you an extra-spoooooky discussion of the 2013 James Wan-directed horror film, The Conjuring! (It's not actually all that spooky if you, like Joanna, are not a fan of horror movies.) We hope you enjoy and have a SPOOKtacular Halloween! Sources: http://www.blumhouse.com/2016/10/05/meet-the-perro…
 
Hello again, dear listeners! This episode, we bring you a discussion of the recently-released film Battle of the Sexes, directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell, and chronicling the historic 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. We hope you enjoy! Sources: http://www.historyvshollywoo…
 
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