With the release of Clint Eastwood’s latest film ‘J.Edgar’, generations not familiar with the historical figure will be hitting Wikipedia to find information on the man. Despite what you think about J. Edgar Hoover, his contribution to law enforcement in America and the flow on effects around the world are worthy of being highlighted. It’s always fascinating with how historical figures are remembered in film verses the history books.
For mainstream audiences the story of biopics is considered canon, and few bother to investigate why these people are worthy of getting the big screen treatment in the first place. ‘J.Edgar’ does a fine job of shining the spotlight on Hoover and questions the way we choose to remember history.