I haven't read Hilary Mantel's book Wolf Hall which has been adapted by the BBC and spawned the following article in the Guardian.
The size of codpieces used in 15th century Europe will be modified for US audiences. With all the f words, cursing, violence and sex in movies, the fact our puritanical roots need to be considered is what can I say, unbelievable? useless? ironic?
With money a driving force in filmmaking, this is why there are so many save the world action thrillers. They are sold worldwide, hence the business in show business. And yes I stole the last phrase. A thoughtful historical piece or comedy has a more limited audience,
In acknowledgement of the ridiculous sensitivities or political correctness. And my puritan forebears, never mind Nicki Minaj's booty,
Cod pieces of the 15th and 16th Centuries.
Portrait of a Seated Youth by George Pencz (1544)
Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf of Austria (Coello)
Henry II of France (workshop of Clouet)Louvre
Soldier and his wife (Hopfer etching)
German origin, National Gallery, London by Holz
Phillip II of Spain
Sir Francis Drake taken from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sir_Francis_Drake_The_Noblest_Knight.jpg
Servant walking two boys by Jost Amman
Howard Earl of Surrey 1546 by William Scrotz
Thank to Wikimedia Commons for all of these pictures. I need to donate a few to give back.
Anyway, with what we see on movies, you got to be kidding. What matters most is a good story.
I agree with Hilary Mantel, don't dumb down history.