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Oppenheimer: Did Nolan Nail the History? | A.D. HISTORY WATCHES REVIEW

Oppenheimer (2023) is one of the few exceptions of Hollywood and Christopher Nolan getting the history right in a major blockbuster.



Oppenheimer (2023) is one of the few exceptions of Hollywood getting the history right in a major blockbuster. How did Christopher Nolan do it, and what did he miss? We sit down to break down this mammoth cinematic experience, and the historical ground breaking events it seeks to depict.

Oppenheimer: The Atypical Hollywood Historical Biopic Epic

Oppenheimer, unlike so many other Hollywood films based on historic events, is commendable in its highly accurate depiction of the events it portrays. Christopher Nolan based his screen play on the Pulitzer Prize winning biography American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin.

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J. Robert Oppenheimer is one of the most pivotal figures of not only the American 20th century. However given his accomplishment in leading the development of humanity’s first nuclear weapon makes Oppenheimer one of the most important figures in history.

Oppenheimer: A Historical Epic With Wide Public Appeal

Christopher Nolan deserves tremendous credit not only for the largely historical accuracy of Oppenheimer, but also for the wide public interest it has generated. J. Robert Oppenheimer despite all of his importance is not widely recognizable today on the popular level.

Nolan not only overcame this lack of public recognition of Oppenheimer, but has done so by letting the history stand as an appealing story almost entirely on its own merits. Nolan’s accomplishment in this regard is not only commendable, but quite extraordinary. 

Oppenheimer, unlike other recent historical biopics like The Imitation Game, does not insert unnecessary and frankly silly characterization of the film’s historical protagonist.

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Regrettably the latter of the two is far more reminiscent of historical biopics than the former. It is nothing short of refreshing to see the history tell the story, a far better story than fiction could depict.  

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The A.D. History Podcast explores the last two thousand years of world history in an innovative new way. Join hosts Paul K. DiCostanzo and Patrick Foote as they examine the past two millennia, beginning in 1 AD, and progressing forward ten years every episode until they reach the modern day. Within each ten-year installment, Paul and Patrick aim to share incredibly important, but often overlooked fascinating historic events and figures from around the world in prospective fashion; attempting to see history through the eyes and in the world of those who lived it. By identifying these sometimes lesser known - but in no way less significant aspects of history - the A.D. History Podcast endeavors to take these many disparate threads and weave a fuller, richer tapestry of true world history from 1AD to HD.