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You ask if the bare bones are enough: to merit being called a work on a historical event, they are enough.

Do they capture the "soul" of the event? No. That's what the writer is expected to put in. Some writers do so, giving their audience the clear signal that the soul they are placing is what they thought vivified the actual historical event, meaning they had taken time out to do research. Others do so, saying that they are giving a personal interpretation of the event, meaning they did not bother to do much research. Still others do so, being deliberately irreverent or playful with history.

The "soul" of the historical event as depicted by a writer would be above all in the motivations of the characters and the explanation of why certain events happened as they did (characterization, minor characters added, incidental events).

Thank you for the clear points.

I understand then that you have to include the "persons" involved, the "when" and the "where". But is that enough?

Two weeks ago, A.O. Scott, from The New York Times, made a list of the films about Jesus Christ that have been produced since "King of Kings" (Nicholas Ray 1961) until "The Passion of the Christ" (Mel Gibson, 2004). I've not seen all of them, but as far as I know, some are not so recommendable, because they don't "do justice" to the drama of love that the Life, Passion, Death and Resurrection of the Lord has been.

Do the "bare bones" have something to do with the "soul" of the event? If so, where does it lie? (if the soul "lies" somewhere). In other words, where do I have to look at with attention to discover the sense of the facts and its representation?"

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