155: Les Miserables with Maurice Samuels

Maurice Samuels, Author and Yale’s Betty Jane Anlyan Professor of French, joins the Based on a True Story podcast to separate fact from the fiction we saw in 1998’s depiction of Les Miserables. Get Maurice’s book Find out more about Maurice’s work Disclaimer: Dan LeFebvre and/or Based on a True Story may earn commissions from qualifying […]

139: Turn: Washington’s Spies with Michael Troy

In a first for Based on a True Story, today we’ll chat about the TV series Turn: Washington Spies. Joining me to dive behind the history of the popular AMC show is Michael Troy from the American Revolutions podcast. Subscribe to American Revolution Podcast Disclaimer: Dan LeFebvre and/or Based on a True Story may earn […]

137: Cleopatra with Dr. Zahi Hawass

Today I’m honored to be joined by the renowned Dr. Zahi Hawass to learn more about how much of the 1963 classic film Cleopatra was historically accurate. Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt Visit Dr. Hawass’ website Disclaimer: Dan LeFebvre and/or Based on a True Story may earn commissions from qualifying purchases through our […]

97: Bonnie and Clyde

The 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde was one of the films that many consider to be the starting point for the taming of violence in mainstream Hollywood. How much of it was true? Let’s find out. Did you enjoy this episode? Help support the next one! Buy me a coffee Resources Bonnie and Clyde (1967) […]

92: The Other Boleyn Girl

2008’s The Other Boleyn Girl gives us a peek into what it could’ve been like roaming the English court during King Henry VIII’s reign. But how much of what we saw of the relationship between King Henry VIII, Anne and her sister Mary Boleyn was true? That’s what we’ll find out as we compare history […]

35: Titanic

Titanic was released in 1997 and has gone on to make over $2 billion dollars, making it the second-grossing film of all time. As in, there’s only one movie that’s made more money than Titanic. That one movie? Avatar, which happens to be yet another James Cameron movie.   Considering Titanic was the highest grossing […]