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The information of the Nineties are the series of today

Many fictions dramatize the most media news of the end of the century to give them a new focus

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The information of the Nineties are the series of today

In television of bar umpteenth chapter was glimpsed in royal soap opera of Monica Lewinsky. Jay Leno is about to drop a sex joke in Oval Office. The suits men of bar discuss latest of President Bill Clinton as he sounds what is Love. You take a cell phone out of your pocket and hold it with both hands. He takes lid off, pulls antenna and starts talking. It's nineties.

You may have seen a version of this scene in some series over past few months. Without making much noise, last decade of twentieth century has invaded fiction with a nostalgia very different from Eighties. There are no cinematic references to childhood or supernatural events inspired by ET, The Goonies or Back to future (as if doing failed everything is crap). The series remember nineties for televised crimes, breaking news and Passion for fame. Three decades later, fiction bets on dramatizing backstage of informative still fresh in mind of Spectator.

It was June 17, 1994, and CNN broadcast live The chase of a Bronco down Los Angeles highway. He was led by American football star O.J. Simpson, accused of murdering his wife. The next few months, television was going to issue controversial case live. Lawyers, prosecutors, judges and athletes ' relatives would become most popular faces in U.S., protagonists of a new wave of news mixes with entertainment. In American Crime Story: The People Against O.J. (on Netflix), Ryan Murphy and his team used case to reflect on that phenomenon to which y baptized infotainment (which ended up invading everything), but also on racism, Justice, machismo and fame (mes that They will appear in almost every series over decade. By way, y returned to one of most shocking moments in history of television: How Verdict of innocence was reached. Thanks to looking at it with perspective, story refocuses and launches a new discourse. That same strategy was respected by film I, Tonya, on controversial ice skater. The message becomes more important than crime, than factual facts.

Chronology of a complicated decade
  • 28 February 1993 The Siege of Waco begins (Waco)
  • March 16 1994 Tonya Harding's conviction (Me, Tonya)
  • June 17, 1994 O.J. Simpson (American Crime Story) escape
  • October 3 1995 Verdict to O.J. Simpson
  • April 3 1996 Capture of Unabomber (manhunt: Unabomber)
  • July 2 1996 Sentencing to Menéndez Brors (law and order True Crime: Menéndez Brors)
  • 15 July 1997 Murder of Gianni Versace (American Crime Story)
  • August 31 1997 Diana of Wales dies
  • January 17, 1998 The Lewinsky scandal is made public
  • 11 September 2001 Attack on Twin Towers ( Looming Tower)

The second season of Anthological series threw forward in time up to 1997. The focus was assassination of Gianni Versace, but elements of true-crime, Doom of fame, obsession and social criticism, this time with homophobia of motor, were still present in series with 18 nominations to Emmy awards. The complicated villain was redeemed protagonist. Everything else, from Hawaiian shirts to shoulder liners, is pure ninety.

But ambitious Andrew Cunanan was not only serial killer of an era marked by rough crimes. Manhunt: Unabomber (also on Netflix) follows CIA team that hunted down criminal who sent bombs in mail. For his second season, director Greg Yaitanes wants to return: "The Nineties are interconnected. The Siege of Waco, Oklahoma, Menendez, O.J... The cameras entered courts for first time and country was attached to mystery of Queen of Child Beauty JonBénet, where same agent worked. I love building a universe with little connections. " Some have been ahead of him. Law and Order True Crime: The Menéndez case traveled to 1996 to narrate trial of young people accused of killing ir parents; And Waco, still without channel in Spain, tells story of leader of a sect that took his followers in 1993 to a siege after which y ended up slaughtered.

It wasn't all murders, though. In 1998 begins Looming Tower (at Amazon), which advances to date that closed century: 11-S of 2001. Jeff Daniels captained this story about FBI-CIA rivalry that torpedoeded fight against terrorism to prevent attack on Twin towers. The back door of what y told us live.

Ryan Murphy himself will return to Nineties in Feud with a season dedicated to stormy divorce of Prince Charles of England and Diana of Wales, killed in a car accident pursued by paparazzi in 1997, before The Crown reaches this moment summit For British monarchy. Lewinsky and his adventure with president were going to star also in a new American Crime Story, but creator reconsidered. It was she who had to refocus scandal that changed her life: "It would be disgusting if someone else narrated it. He must be a producer and draw money. " Thus, by giving voice to one who was denied, he seeks to rethink a decade.

Dramatizing Truth

Fictions based on real events will always be accompanied by controversy. More even those that still remain in memory of Spectator and with ir protagonists alive. After actress Olivia de Havilland denounced Ryan Murphy for its representation in Feud, Donatella Versace asked that in second season of American Crime Story It was explained that series is not what really happened during murder of his/her bror. It is eternal debate of reality versus fiction, which has to crush life, fill gaps, invent characters and change events to make routine narrative. Life is not summed up in 10 episodes. The genre embellishes it.

Adaptations such as assassination of Gianni Versace, Waco or film Yo, Tonya have also faced accusation that y embellish killers by turning m into protagonists of story of ir crimes. Knowing evolution of a murderer is impossible not to feel a bit of understanding, and that's what y try to do se productions.

In fiction series The debate closes soon. It is, after all, fiction. But criticism of bias has also reached documentaries on real crimes, such as Making a murderer, who tried to prove that his protagonist was not guilty of crimes he accused him from prosecution; The Staircase or Jinx, which y criticized for playing with narrative times to deceive (or at least to bring to a specific message) to Spectator.

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