The tragedy of the Margaret Thatcher bio-pic
The controversy surrounding the movie "The Iron Lady" starring Meryl Streep is continuing to build as details come out about how the filmmakers went about telling Margaret Thatcher's story.
In the opening scenes, a frail Lady Thatcher is seen shuffling into a corner shop to buy a pint of milk and expressing shock at 21st-century prices.
Back at her Belgravia home, her security team fret that she has left the house unsupervised.
Another scene shows her oblivious to the fact that her husband, Sir Denis, is dead. She imagines him to be in the room and conducts conversations with him, before revisiting her glory years in a series of flashbacks.
Former colleagues have distanced themselves from the film, which is scheduled for release on Jan 6 and is expected to garner a 17th Oscar nomination for Streep.
The depiction of Lady Thatcher as a stooped old lady in a headscarf contrasts with her appearance during her most recent public outing.
Dressed in a trademark blue suit, she beamed for the cameras as she celebrated her 86th birthday last month with her son, Sir Mark.
However, the extent of Lady Thatcher's mental decline was laid bare by her daughter, Carol, in a 2008 memoir.
Miss Thatcher told how the combination of dementia and a series of minor strokes had reduced her mother to a shadow of her former self: struggling to finish sentences or to recognise family members.
Miss Thatcher also disclosed that her mother frequently forgot that Sir Denis died in 2003. "I had to keep giving her the bad news over and over again," she wrote.
This is a finely honed Hollywood trick to take an historical figure and shrink their greatness by portraying them at their most vulnerable. Movie goers may remember the "strong" Thatcher but will always have the demented old lady also in mind, thus making her appear to be less than what she truly was.
This kind of propaganda is a tragedy. Thatcher was a world historical figure who helped bring down Communism, and charted a path back to sanity for the British people. It's a shame that Hollywood leftists feel it necessary to tear her down in order to discredit her leadership.