After hearing from a veteran who was disappointed with Clint Eastwood's white-washed Iwo Jima, Spike Lee decided to head into the realm of historical war movies back in June. The project: an adaptation of Walter McBride's novel, Miracle at St. Anna, which covers a "group of black soldiers caught between enemy lines who come upon a town of partisans -- Italians who fought against Mussolini's Fascists and their Nazi allies -- seeking to find a traitor in their midst." A month later, Italy was giving him a Master of Film Award, and all looked good on the film front.

Things are rarely smooth in the business of translating true stories to the big screen, and now The Hollywood Reporter has posted that a group of former partisan soldiers are ticked over how Lee is depicting it in the film. I'm not sure exactly what about the portrayal has the former soldiers so angry, I imagine it has something to do with the traitor hunt, but they've demanded that part of the film be removed or changed. In a statement, the soldiers say: "It is a false cinematic reconstruction of events that ignores the real story and will leave an inaccurate impression. The term 'cinematic license' should not mean that the truth can be ignored." If my assumption is right, that must be one hell of a traitor story to anger them this much. Or, they don't realize that true-story movies are all always angering people with their truth stretching.

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